The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Internship Opportunity: American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

Article Type 

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: Washington, DC

Sector: Non-Profit

Start Date: Fall 2019, Organization has year-round internships.

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

Time Commitment: Up to 40 hours per week for 8 weeks

Desired Class Year: Open to all class years

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: August 9th, 2019

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a 501 (c)(3) national nonprofit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.

We are the focal point for collaborative advocacy across the renewable energy sector, supported by hundreds of members spanning renewable energy technologies and constituencies, including developers, manufacturers, top financial institutions, major corporate renewable energy buyers, grid technology providers, utilities, professional service firms, colleges & universities and allied nonprofit groups.

ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating senior officials on important policies, publishing research and analysis on pressing issues, and undertaking strategic outreach on the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

The American Council on Renewable Energy is looking for an intern to help lead the transition to a renewable energy economy. Our policy/program intern will leverage his or her skillsets to support the policy and programs teams in their efforts to advocate for effective renewable energy and finance policies. The ideal candidate has strong writing and speaking skills, an interest in energy policy, and the ability to work independently and multitask in a fast-paced environment. Interns will report to the Vice President of Programs and the Senior Program Associate and will spend approximately 50% of their time on a research project of their choice. ACORE is the business voice of renewable energy and works to develop and support policies to expand the renewable energy industry and attract needed capital to the sector.


  • Conduct research on a wide variety of energy policy topics, including federal energy and tax policy, tax incentives, trends in the electric power sector, RTO/ISO markets, state renewable energy policies such as renewable portfolio standards and net metering, among others.
  • Draft reports, letters, fact sheets, and other documents.
  • Create a research project of your choosing (with input from ACORE staff), and present your research to the ACORE staff.
  • Attend Congressional hearings, seminars and other events related to renewable energy and energy policy.
  • Assist ACORE staff with managing and developing programing for ACORE’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (PREF) and Partnership for Renewable Integration and Market Expansion (PRIME) programs.
  • Attend ACORE conferences and webinars (as appropriate).

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Currently in an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
  • Classwork or major in business, finance, public policy or related desired, but not required
  • Excellent research abilities and strong writing and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently, multitask, and take ownership over projects and assignments.
  • Self-motivated and dependable.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working as part of a team.
  • Interest in renewable energy, business and/or finance.

How to apply:

Candidates are invited to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to In your cover letter, explain what you would like to gain from an ACORE internship, why you want to make a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of future career paths are of interest to you.

This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences