Buildings Team Energy Code Intern - Paid

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Closing Date: 
Thu, 07/12/2018

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.

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

Satisfactory intern performance will result from timely delivery of accurate and useful outreach data, and maintaining records to facilitate the turnover to the subsequent intern.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably working towards an advanced degree in a relevant academic area. Undergraduate students with particularly relevant experience may be considered.
  2. Interest in and familiarity with a range of energy efficiency policies and/or local level sustainability policies strongly preferred.  Familiarity with energy-efficient technologies preferred, but not required.
  3. Familiarity and experience with outreach and information campaigns, policy advocacy and issue campaigns, or political campaigns
  4. Familiarity and experience with organizing for grass roots advocacy efforts.
  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 (8-12 weeks) starting around July 1, 2018. The project will require a time commitment of 20-40 hours/week depending on the successful applicant’s academic schedule and availability.  Interns are expected to be present in the office during their designated work hours.

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