2023 Summer Intern at Philadelphia Energy Authority

Title: Summer Intern

Organization: Philadelphia Energy Authority

Location: In-person preferred/remote possible

Type: Internship

Timing: June – August 2023 (8-10 weeks), 40 hrs/wk

Application Deadline: Rolling, through Friday February 17, 2023

Contact: Lisa Shulock ([email protected])


 Preference will be given to students who can secure external funding for this internship.

 Company Description

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is an independent municipal authority established in 2010 building a robust, equitable clean energy economy in Philadelphia. In 2016, PEA and City Council President Darrell Clarke launched the Philadelphia Energy Campaign, a $1 billion, 10-year investment in energy efficiency and clean energy projects to create 10,000 jobs. To date, PEA has helped launch over $291 million in projects and programs and created over 2,500 jobs. PEA works to make Philadelphia a national model for implementing energy strategies that improve the health and well-being of the community and local economy, including the City’s most vulnerable residents. PEA uses energy as an entry point to address many of our biggest challenges— poverty, equitable economic development, climate change, and public health. PEA is deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in our operations and our programming.

Internship Scope

Under the supervision of PEA’s Director of Commercial Programs, the Intern will focus on market research, pipeline development and outreach, and program analysis in support of accelerating the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Philadelphia. Most of the Intern’s time will be spent supporting PEA’s commercial programs including C-PACE, Solarize Philly and early stage Virtual Power Plant initiative.

Tasks May Include a Combination of the Following:

The Intern will work closely with the PEA’s Director, Commercial Programs, other staff and a graduate Fellow to:

  • Develop strategic plans, market analysis and research briefs for PEA’s commercial programs and present findings to PEA staff
  • Support the development of PEA’s Virtual Power Plant (VPP) initiative by synthesizing prior research, RFI responses and market research
  • Analyze key provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and develop recommendations as to how PEA can take advantage of them, respond to opportunities and educate the broader market
  • Perform program-related financial & sensitivity analyses to generate long-term program forecasts and evaluate risk
  • Use specialized apps to identify commercial properties which may benefit from energy efficiency and solar energy investments
  • Conduct marketing and outreach for PEA’s commercial programs and products to grow PEA’s C-PACE and commercial solar pipelines
  • Prepare presentation materials, program documentation, application forms, and other written outputs for customer education and outreach
  • Attend industry and networking events hosted by various business and trade organizations

Background and skills required

  • Current undergraduate or graduate student
  • A self-starter with strong communication and research skills
  • Demonstrated interest in energy, sustainability, climate disruption, finance, advocacy, education, urban studies and/or other relevant topics
  • Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following: commercial real estate, renewable energy and/or real estate development, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, research
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Display maturity and a high level of professionalism
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects/work streams, set priorities, and exercise independent judgment

The following past experience(s) would be advantageous:

  • Experience in finance, and/or real estate or energy project development
  • Experience in a company or club that is active in projects related to energy
  • Experience in a start-up or entrepreneurial environment
  • Note that this is a paid internship, and preference will be given to students who can secure external funding.

To Apply: Please send (1) a resume and (2) a brief cover letter explaining why you’d be a good fit for the position to Lisa Shulock, [email protected], by February 17, 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Through intentional hiring practices, PEA is committed to fostering a respectful, diverse, and inclusive

workplace. PEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not tolerate discrimination based on race,

ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability,

marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence

victim status.