Climate and Energy Program – Access to Clean and Affordable Energy – Research Internship

Public Citizen’s Climate and Energy Program works to ensure households have access to clean and affordable energy. We are actively fighting for consumers and for transparency at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Access to Clean and Affordable Energy

FERC is an independent federal agency tasked with regulating the nation’s electricity markets and reviewing aspects of natural gas pipelines and natural gas export facilities. Our work focuses on ensuring that households have access to affordable and clean energy – and holding polluters and corporations accountable in the setting of electricity prices for American families.

Internship – Spring 2020

We seek an intern to provide research and writing support for our FERC work. The intern would be an integral part of the project team and given a full orientation on advocating before the commission and the Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs). This is an opportunity to help produce meaningful FERC filings with a public interest team committed to transparency and just and reasonable rates.

Responsibilities include:

  • Research and writing support for our interventions and filings at FERC on rate proposals, FERC rulemakings, cybersecurity dockets, mergers and other FERC-related work. Interns that demonstrate outstanding skills will be listed as co-authors on FERC filings.
  • Assistance with drafting blog posts and promoting our work through social media.
  • Monitoring and attending RTO stakeholder meetings.

Supervision: Intern will be supervised by the Director. Given the nature of our work, it is important that interns have the ability and the desire to work independently.

Qualifications: Strong research and writing skills; familiarity with basic FERC concepts and proceedings a plus. Legal experience/training not necessarily required.

Duration: Three to four months, full- or part-time, to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Location: Our office is on Capitol Hill, about two blocks from the Capitol South Metro station.

Deadline: Rolling until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

To Apply:

Public Citizen offers unpaid internships (course credit can be arranged and a small number of paid internships ($15 an hour).  To be considered for a paid internship for Summer 2020, candidates must apply by March 13, 2020, and submit materials listed below.  Our summer internships are typically full time (40 hours a week for around eight weeks), although we have some flexibility as to hours and weeks.  Chosen applicants will be notified by Monday, April 6, 2020.

If you are applying for a paid internship, please include an essay outlining why you want to intern at Public Citizen and any other information about you that you wish to have considered, including your need for financial support (500 words or less). If you have completed the FAFSA, please also submit a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Send cover letter (this is separate from the essay and should be very specific to your interest in working on FERC issues) and your resume; and a short writing sample to tslocum(at) Put “FERC Internship” in the subject of your email.