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Summer 2023 Intern (Global Energy & Sustainability)

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Remote, U.S


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Nov 21, 2022

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Build Your Future with RMI!

Do you love solving dynamic problems, thinking in numbers, and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity, and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about making the world a better place? If yes, then be an RMI intern this summer!


We highly encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply!



RMI will be launching our official internship job posting on Thursday, January 5th, 2023. We would love to reach out to you once we are ready to accept applications. Please click on “Apply for this position” and provide your contact information. We will email you with additional information along with the link to submit your formal application.


Internships are 12 weeks (about 3 months) in duration with the option to start on May 16th, 2023, or June 20th, 2023.

If you have issues submitting your contact information, please email You will then receive an email confirming your submission has been received - this can go to spam, so please be sure to check there if you do not see it in your email inbox.


Global Program Descriptions and Past Project Examples

On the official internship job posting, you will be asked to select one program for primary consideration, and two additional programs for second and third consideration from the list below; however, your areas of interest will be considered for all open internship positions when they are confirmed. Programs listed are subject to change. Please scroll down for past project examples from our previous internship cohort.

To learn more about our Global Programs and each of their initiatives, please visit

  • Carbon-Free Buildings

Carbon-Free Buildings focuses on raising public awareness and advocating for carbon-free building policies as well as creating buildings industry platforms to support dissemination of technology, supply chain development, and business-led interventions.

  • Carbon-Free Electricity

Carbon-Free Electricity supports comprehensive regulatory and business model reform and innovation to help allies work together in developing critical electricity solutions.

  • Carbon-Free Mobility

Carbon-Free Mobility works hard to end tailpipe emissions and align the transportation sector with a 1.5 carbon target through partnering with government and policymakers in target geographies.

  • Climate-Aligned Industries

Climate-Aligned Industries partners with key sectors on facilitating climate aligned finance agreements, create net-zero roadmaps, and enable governmental support decarbonization.

  • Climate Intelligence

Climate Intelligence ensures real-time emissions data is easily accessible and transparent while utilizing satellites, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to improve emissions data.

  • Climate Finance

Climate Finance focuses on helping financial institutions to develop practical and scalable solutions to the barriers to climate alignment while expanding opportunities to address systems barriers and empower others to increase the flow of capital to the Global South.

  • Global South

The Global South Program works across three core geographies--Africa, Southeast Asia and island nations--to address barriers to the energy transition and prioritize inclusive economic development.

  • India Program

Our India Program collaborates with government and industry leaders to create clean, resilient, and equitable energy and mobility systems through policy and education for all.

  • Strategic Analysis & Engagement Group

Strategic Analysis & Engagement produces leading research on net-zero pathways and global energy system transformation while collaborating with organizations to reinforce change.

  • Third Derivative

Third Derivative (D3) is committed to guiding and supporting climate tech entrepreneurs with scaling innovative ideas and initiatives needed to address climate change.

  • Urban Transformation

Urban Transformation helps cities initiate climate action by establishing relationships with city governments, community-based organizations, industry, and policymakers together to drive climate solutions that include disadvantaged communities.

  • US (United States) Program

Our US Program works with the U.S Congress and federal agencies to develop and follow through on ambitious and beneficial electrification policies.


Example of Past Projects

  • Research and analysis for embodied carbon and support of the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative
  • Expand energy tool modeling software and support pilot projects
  • Monitor and analyze the clean power related policy in China and global
  • Support states pass ambitious climate policy, developing policy solutions
  • Work with partners in the Energy Web Foundation to design digital and distributed ledger systems to hold Greenhouse Gas information

Operations Opportunities

In addition to the Global Programs, we may have opportunities on our Operations Teams as well: Human Resources, Informational Technology (IT), Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Development and Program Services.


Minimum Qualifications

  • You should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree and have basic knowledge and interest in one or more of the teams’ focus areas— climate equity, renewable energy, climate policy, economic development, and global energy systems and solutions.
  • Where applicable, you should be comfortable working with, or reporting on, numerical analysis and spreadsheet modeling, research, and reporting.
  • Clear writing, communication, and presentation skills.

General Qualifications

  • Intense curiosity
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
  • Creativity and willingness to take risks by exploring and testing innovative ideas
  • Passion for making the world better

Internship Benefits

  • Full-time and part-time hours available
  • Opportunities for flexible work schedules including fully remote and/or hybrid
  • Paid holidays


You can choose any of our U.S. offices (New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; Oakland, California; Boulder or Basalt, Colorado) or remote work in most cases. We will consider interns outside of the U.S. where there is a geography-based requirement. Prior to your start date, you will need to have a valid work authorization in your country of residence at the time of the internship. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide visa sponsorships for interns.


Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At RMI, our mission is to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future for all. For this to happen, every single person needs to be a stakeholder in the energy transition. Recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve is critical to our success. We need the widest range of perspectives to understand the systems we are trying to change. That doesn’t just mean bringing a diverse team to the table; it also means working proactively to give all job seekers and employees equitable experiences. Visit our DEI page for more information on our DEI initiatives and commitments.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


About RMI

RMI is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. Since our founding in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus, we continue to grow and have a global reach and reputation.


For 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range, and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis.

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