Internship Program

Climate and Clean Energy Internship

Fall 2020

David Gardiner and Associates (DGA) offers a full-time internship program to undergraduates and graduate students. This is a competitive program that seeks qualified candidates with strong interest, education, or experience in climate, sustainability, and clean and renewable energy policy.

This is an unpaid internship and is intended for the educational benefit of the intern. We encourage students to seek funding or academic credit through their schools or other external resources and will provide any requested documentation to support that as part of our effort to make the internship program as accessible as possible.

DGA is a strategic advisory firm focused on climate change, renewable energy, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and an expanded and modernized electric grid. We work with businesses, associations, institutions, and others to accelerate climate and clean energy solutions and policy. Our approach is built on a foundation of in-depth analysis and sharp strategic planning, based on our team’s decades of experience. To do this, we frequently build partnerships with business, governments, and non-profit organizations, as it is the most effective way to make change.

The intern will participate with DGA staff and principals with projects on diverse climate and energy issues such as:

  • Climate change
  • Renewable energy
  • Corporate sustainability
  • Industrial energy efficiency and Combined Heat and Power
  • Electric vehicles
  • Electricity markets and regulation
  • An expanded and modernized electric grid

The intern will work closely with all staff and principals to gain experience by attending meetings and briefings, performing research, attending relevant seminars, writing summaries, etc. We work closely with the intern to assign projects that will increase their knowledge in energy and climate issues while supporting their strengths and interests. Interns receive in-depth experience and exposure to DGA’s expertise and clients as they work with project supervisors who provide background information, clear direction, and feedback regarding the intern’s efforts.

DGA’s Internship Program goal is for the intern to have a high-quality learning experience in a business environment* which will increase their knowledge and experience, bolster their professional resume, and benefit from being a dedicated member of the DGA team and networking opportunities made available throughout the internship. *See Additional Details section below for pandemic-related information.

The successful intern will possess the following qualities/skills:

  • Strong academic and/or work experience in climate and energy policy and sustainability and a strong interest in and thirst-for-learning-more about the field.
  • Enthusiasm for the process of finding solutions to climate and energy challenges
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent and self-motivated worker; eager to ask questions
  • Diligence in research and high attention to detail
  • Values high-quality work and importance of deadlines
  • Familiarity with the US political process
  • Flexibility, positive attitude, and sense of humor

Selection policy

DGA’s selection decisions are based on qualification, merit, and business need. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. As an equal opportunity employer committed to taking action for racial justice, DGA values workplace diversity and inclusion. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Additional details

DGA’s office is located in Arlington, VA, and due to the current pandemic, we are complying with the Governor’s “Safer at Home” guidelines. Therefore, this internship program will occur from the intern’s remote location and they will receive the highest quality experience possible through full online access to DGA staff, projects, and related activities. DGA prioritizes the health and safety of all employees. We are actively monitoring the official pandemic guidance and plan to continue to work under these circumstances until conditions allow for a safe return to the office. If we do reopen the office at any point, coming into the office will be optional.

 Internship dates: August 31 or September 8, 2020 – December 18, 2020 (dates are flexible)

*public transportation stipend provided (if needed)

Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to no later than July 24, 2020. Early submission is recommended as applications are reviewed as they are received.

Please reach out if you have any questions