Building Energy Code Intern - Paid

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Mon, 05/20/2019

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C., seeks an intern for its Buildings Team to work in the area of improved energy efficiency for national model energy codes. ACEEE acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors.

Position Description:

This intern position will support ACEEE-led outreach and communications efforts by the Energy-Efficient Code Coalition, local governments supporting sustainability policies and other stakeholders to educate local governments and code officials around technical code issues that improve the energy efficiency of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The intern’s main duties will be to update information supporting an outreach and communications effort in the run-up to the Final Public Comment Hearings in the fall of 2019.  The intern in this position will gain an understanding of how public policy is implemented in the current national model energy code development process. The intern will also contribute to research on building codes for the 2019 ACEEE State Scorecard.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Development and maintenance of local government outreach and contact information, as well as fundamental local government statistics such as population data, organizational memberships, etc.
  2. Prepare periodic reports on local government participation in the model code process and customized reports and data products for coalition members and campaign participants
  3. Research, gather and organize contact information (email and postal mailing addresses) of local government code officials for local, regional and national outreach efforts
  4. Compile and maintain schedules of events, meetings and conferences related to the outreach effort
  5. Assist with data analysis for the building codes chapter of the 2019 ACEEE State Scorecard.

Satisfactory intern performance will result from timely delivery of accurate and useful outreach data and maintaining records to facilitate ongoing work in future code cycles.


  1. Working toward bachelor’s or advanced degree in a relevant field. Undergraduate students with particularly relevant experience may be considered.
  2. Familiarity and experience with database concepts and data analytics platforms strongly preferred.
  3. Familiarity and experience with outreach and information campaigns, policy advocacy and issue campaigns, political campaigns, or grassroots advocacy is a plus.
  4. Interest in and familiarity with energy efficiency policies, local level sustainability policies, or energy-efficient technologies preferred, but not required.
  5. Strong internet and interview-based research ability.
  6. Strong writing and oral communication skills required.
  7. Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.

Timing: This is an internship of flexible duration (10-16 weeks) starting on or before May 8, but no later than June 3, 2019. The project will require a time commitment of 30-40 hours/week depending on the successful applicant’s academic schedule and availability.

To Apply: Please send a resume with cover letter and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to Please use “Building Code Intern” in the subject header. We do not accept calls about our internships


The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a nonprofit organization that acts as a catalyst to advance energy efficiency policies, programs, technologies, investments, and behaviors. ACEEE is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability.