EPSA Internship Program

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The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) is now accepting applications to select interns through the Department of Energy's Scholars Program.  Over 10 weeks, interns will be working with policymakers in one of EPSA’s offices, making meaningful contributions to research, analysis and day to day office administration. This program provides a unique opportunity to learn about energy policy at the national level, and build research and analytical skills. 

About the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis

The Director of EPSA serves as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary of Energy on energy issues and related integration of energy systems.  EPSA is a focal point for policy coordination within the Department on the formulation, analysis, and implementation of energy policy. It also coordinates related programmatic options and initiatives that facilitate the transition to a clean and secure energy economy.

EPSA covers a number of areas in energy policy, including:

  • Climate, Environment, and Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Security
  • Energy Systems and Integration
  • Water-Energy Nexus
  • Critical Materials 
  • Energy Finance, Incentives and Program Review
  • State, Local and Tribal Cooperation
  • The Quadrennial Energy Review

Responsibilities

Interns in EPSA will:

  • Research discrete energy issues,
  • Write content for research papers or white papers,
  • Prepare memos on specific topics for supervisors,
  • Staff meetings, and
  • Manage other duties as required.

Qualifications

To qualify for an EPSA internship you must:

  • Demonstrate an interest in energy policy, public policy, or a related field
  • Possess the following skills:
    • Strong research and analytical skills,
    • Quantitative reasoning skills,
    • Detail oriented, and
    • Ability to communicate effectively via email and in person.
  • Be available to intern at our office for at least 10 weeks for the given semester (summer, fall, or spring)
  • Be a third or fourth year undergraduate student, a graduate student, or have graduated from either undergraduate or graduate school in the 24 months prior to the start of the internship.
  • Be a U.S. citizen

Through the EPSA Internship you can earn either a stipend or academic credit.  Please ask for more details if you are selected for an interview. 

To Apply

If you are interested in applying for an internship, please email EPSAinternship@hq.doe.gov the following items:

  • A Cover Letter indicating the following things
    • Your interest in energy policy
    • The areas within EPSA of most interest (up to 3)
    • Your research experience
    • Your student status
    • The desired semester (Summer, Fall, or Spring)
  • Your resume or CV (in PDF format)
  • 1 academic or professional reference (name, position, email, phone)

The deadline to apply for the Summer 2017 program is 5:00 pm on February 24, 2017.

If you have any questions about the program, please e-mail EPSAinternship@hq.doe.gov.
 

EPSA Intern Testimonials

"The EPSA internship, following a Masters degree, proved to be one of the best professional experiences I have had in my career.  The internship provided immediate opportunities to undertake real-world energy policy analyses, supporting work that parallels the national dialogue on energy, climate change, new technologies and finance. The internship's projects, assigned early on in the ten week program, also led to a final report and accompanying presentation, where interns have a chance to share their work and receive high quality feedback from EPSA's professional staff.

I enjoyed the internship here at EPSA and recommend to anyone interested in energy, electricity and environmental policy related to energy, whether domestic or international."

--Andrew Miller, Summer 2015

 

"I’ve always been passionate about energy and its impacts on the environment, but coming from an engineering background, I wasn’t sure that policy work would be for me. My internship in EPSA has been an amazing opportunity to understand how policy work can (and should) be informed by a technical background. I’ve seen that a technical background in engineering can be very useful for imagining the most effective ideas.

Everyone I talked to had some piece of insight to help me learn about EPSA’s role in the DOE and energy policy space, as well as advice for my career plans.  Weekly brownbag lunches with upper management in our office were an informative time to learn about what our leaders do and about their energy policy backgrounds.  Being a part of EPSA has opened so many opportunities for me and I’m very grateful for my time here."

--Emily Shorin, Summer 2015