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Applications for 2016 Summer Internship will be accepted now through February 15.

Renewable Northwest logoThe Organization:
Renewable Northwest is a nonprofit advocacy group based in Portland, Oregon. We are a coalition of environmental and consumer groups, and businesses working in the renewable energy sector, who promote the implementation of clean, renewable energy in the Northwest region (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana). Renewable Northwest works to get proposed wind, solar and geothermal projects into the ground, push for policies promoting renewables and energy efficiency, and nurture the market for green power. 

The Internship:

Every summer Renewable Northwest offers an internship to students and recent graduates seeking experience in renewable energy advocacy. The intern will assist Renewable Northwest in conducting research and/or outreach work in one or more projects to be completed over 10 weeks during the summer.

The following are examples of some possible internship projects. The decision of which projects(s) the position will focus on will depend greatly on the skills of the final candidates.

  • Collect data on utility Renewable Portfolio Standard compliance in Washington, Oregon and Montana, and create a summary to educate the public on the success and value of the policies.  
  • Collect information on the economic impacts of the wind and solar energy industries in the Northwest and compile a report;
  • Research information on a number of renewable energy issues and create fact sheets and web content for use in renewable energy advocacy work. Topics may include renewable energy technologies, environmental benefits, economic impacts, consumer education issues, etc.
  • Collect and organize data on Northwest utility voluntary consumer green power programs and create a summary for publication.

Candidates should have excellent research and writing skills, have strong experience working with Microsoft Excel and Word, and demonstrate passion for renewable energy and/or Northwest energy issues. Please highlight in your cover letter how your particular skills and experience relate to the potential projects outlined above. 

This is a paid 10-week summer position at $11/hour.

To Apply:
To submit an application, send the following materials via email by February 15, 2016. The email version must be sent by the deadline to be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered. A complete application will include:

  1. Cover letter (Include a few sentences on which of the projects above is most interesting to you and why);
  2. Current resume;
  3. A writing sample of 3 to 5 pages that highlights your writing and research skills on a topic of your choosing;
  4. List of three references. (Please include name, title, relationship to applicant, phone number and/or email address)

Please include the four requested documents as separate attachments in MS Word, PDF or rich text (RTF) format. Documents in other formats may not be considered.

Send electronic files via email to:


Please direct questions to:
David Wolf
Tel. 503-223-4544


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