Appliance Efficiency Internship

Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP)
Closing Date: 
Mon, 12/31/2018

Job Description

The intern will conduct research in close collaboration with CLASP staff in support of one or both of the following two projects. We will give preference to those candidates who are willing and able to work on both projects.

Market and policy research to support global initiative to drive the market for highly-efficient air conditioners using low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants

The Intern will be part of an integrated multi-national team that is supporting a major initiative to transform global markets for more efficient air conditioners that use climate friendly refrigerants. This program will support countries in the implementation of actions to reduce HFCs in air conditioners, as part of the upcoming Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs. The intern will support the Program Manager in conducting desk research in support of program activities, such as: 

  • Identify legal and regulatory frameworks in place to regulate the efficiency of room air conditioners and the use of refrigerants in selected countries
  • Develop surveys and interviews with institutions and agencies responsible for development, implementation and enforcement of energy efficiency policies for air conditioners in various economies
  • Mapping institutions, and other regulations and actions that may affect the type of refrigerants used in selected economies
  • Investigate other policies or programs, such as voluntary programs, replacement programs, and green procurement, among others, in order to identify other supporting policies that promote demand of high-efficiency air conditioners

International Database Updates

CLASP hosts and maintains an online resource, the Global Standards & Labeling (S&L) Database, which allows appliance energy efficiency practitioners to:

  • Identify the energy performance standards and labeling policies in place or under development for a range of products across a range of countries;
  • Obtain specific information about those policies; and
  • Learn about the legislative framework and history of S&L by country and economic region.
  • In order to update, increase coverage, and supplement the database, CLASP is seeking the support of an intern to conduct research and update S&L policies in selected economies and document the most recent standards and labels used in each economy for each product.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Required Knowledge of qualitative research methods and ability to apply them
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Excellent communication skills and proven ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to synthesize data and analysis to inform strategy and recommendations
  • Professional demeanor including ability to comport in diverse, international work environment and ability to interact comfortably with organizational partners and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency policy and Montreal Protocol highly desirable
  • Prior market and environmental policy research and analysis highly desirable

Education: Bachelor’s degree required; master’s program in energy/environment preferred

Job Type:   Paid Internship

Location:   The research and analysis will take place at CLASP’s office in Washington, DC, and remotely as needed.