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Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) is seeking two part-time paid ($15-$20/hour, depending on experience) research interns to join our team (10 hours/week during the school year and 20 hours/week during the summer). This internship is a unique opportunity for a student interested in increasing their understanding of clean energy policy. The successful applicant will work closely with our Research Manager, CNEE’s expert staff, and other student interns on a variety of projects, with an emphasis on the Advanced Energy Legislation Tracker (AEL Tracker) and the State Policy Opportunity Tracker for Clean Energy (SPOT for Clean Energy). 

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of clean energy policy. 
  • Learn new research skills and energy policy-related concepts.  
  • Expand your interpersonal communication skills.  
  • Interact directly with and learn from subject matter experts.  
  • Contribute to energy and climate-related research and other projects with real-world and real-time impact.   
  • Work with an open, supportive, and inclusive team.  
The successful candidate will:  
  • Core Responsibility: Evaluate and manage legislative data for the AEL Tracker and the SPOT for Clean Energy online databases. 
  • Analyze energy legislation, perform research, and write-up results to support the AEL Tracker, the SPOT for Clean Energy, the Clean Energy Legislative Academy, and other CNEE initiatives.    
  • Work collaboratively with CNEE team members to assist with reports related to state-level energy policy.  
  • Work on short-term research assignments for CNEE staff, including creating memoranda on current energy policy developments. 
  • Assist with notetaking and facilitation of the Clean Energy Legislative Academy. 
  • Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings. 
  • Current graduate students or college/university seniors with applicable experience only.  
  • Excellent research, communication, and analytical skills.  
  • Demonstrated policy, science, or technical writing skills.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under limited direct supervision.
  • Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the department's commitment to diversity and inclusion. 
  • Must be willing to make a time commitment of a summer internship with the potential extension of one year. 
Preferred candidates will:  
  • Have previous energy and/or environmental policy or related experience; 
  • Have a demonstrated ability to read, summarize, and synthesize technical reports, research articles, energy databases, and legislative and regulatory documents;  
  • Have an interest in aligning CNEE work with research for a thesis or dissertation; 
  • Have a demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, contribute to team meetings and discussions, and follow and use CNEE guidance and instruction documents; 
  • Be proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite.  

Benefit information can be found on CSU’s HR website here 
Background Check 
Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. 
CSU is an equal employment opportunity employer. 
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services. 
The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, 
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836. 
CNEE will not contact references without notifying the applicant first. Applications may be considered as soon as they are received. This opportunity will close at 5:00 pm Mountain on Friday, April 21, 2023.