Summer Intern - Annual Industry Report

Evaluation, Research, and Behavior Team

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is seeking a motivated, organized individual to join its Evaluation, Research, and Behavior team as a summer intern. CEE is a nonprofit consortium of efficiency program administrators from across the US and Canada that work together on common approaches to advancing efficiency. Energy efficiency is consistently regarded as the most cost-effective means of securing additional energy resources, and as it directly offsets the need to generate additional energy it is one of the most direct means of greenhouse gas mitigation available. By working together at CEE, program administrators leverage the effect of their funding dollars and exchange information on effective practices to achieve greater energy efficiency for the public good.

Project Background

CEE has a position for an intern to support a research project characterizing the energy efficiency program industry. The intern will assist CEE staff in charge of CEE’s Annual Industry Report data collection project and report directly to the team manager. This report is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind, designed to document the size and scope of the natural gas and electric energy efficiency program industry. The audience for this work includes manufacturers of high efficiency products, trade associations, utilities, efficiency professionals, and state energy regulators. CEE works in partnership with the American Gas Association (AGA) to collect and analyze data on current-year program administrator budgets and previous year expenditures and energy savings. The project culminates in a report and data set, both of which are made available to the public. Prior years’ reports are available online.

The intern’s responsibilities will touch all aspects of the data collection process, including outreach to survey respondents, data checking, and data formatting. Throughout the summer, the intern will work with CEE staff to encourage participation in the online survey, identify anomalies based on past information, obtain updated or missing data from respondents, and prepare the data for analysis. The intern will assist in revising the data management process (if and when the need arises), and may also be asked to develop necessary database infrastructure, such as new tables and queries. The intern will be expected to document their work - including any changes made to existing infrastructure - with sufficient detail to ensure staff can continue the project after the conclusion of the internship. Finally, depending on the intern’s interest, skill set, and project needs, there may be opportunities to help with other Evaluation, Research and Behavior team projects.


This is a paid internship of roughly 10 weeks. The position would start in either late-May or early June 2020 and is expected to last through August 2020. This position is full time (40 hours per week), though there may be flexibility from week to week depending upon project needs and the intern's needs.  

This internship is ideal for a student with a quantitative background and a focus on one or more of the following areas: environmental science, public policy, engineering, sociology, psychology, economics, statistics, computer science, or a related field. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working with large datasets and have some experience collecting and managing quantitative data. A bachelor's degree is strongly preferred. The intern must be able to work from the CEE office in Middleton, MA.

Specific required skills include:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft® Excel, including standard Excel functions
  • Experience with Microsoft® Access and database management, particularly the development and use of tables and queries
  • Ability to represent CEE and to articulate data issues clearly over the telephone (customer service experience is highly desirable)
  • Class work and/or some experience in dealing with survey research, data collection, and/or data management
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional demeanor

Skills that are preferred, but not required, include:

  • Other computer programming or code/algorithm experience
  • Experience with survey design or programming logic
  • Experience using the Qualtrics® online survey platform

Skills to be developed in this position include, but may not be limited to:

  • Data collection protocols and standards
  • Data quality assurance
  • Data documentation and management
  • Customer service and interpersonal relations
  • Understanding of the energy efficiency program industry in the US and Canada


This is a paid internship.


This internship offers students with research training and an opportunity to see first-hand how their degree could be applied in a practical way to a growing industry. It also offers students the opportunity to gain experience and relationships in the nonprofit sector.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Please submit (1) a cover letter that describes your interest in this position and your applicable qualifications and (2) a resume via e-mail to Jayne Piepenburg at


You must be eligible to work in the United States independent of company sponsorship. CEE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CEE reserves the right to not fill this position if a qualified candidate is not found.

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