Summer Data Intern - Program Summaries

Residential Sector

The Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) is seeking an enthusiastic individual to join its Residential team as an intern to assist in the annual data collection and analysis of voluntary energy efficiency program offerings. 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

Program summaries serve as a central mechanism for revealing the magnitude of member participation in CEE Initiatives. They enable enhanced analysis for informing the future direction of Initiative revisions, and ground discussions with external partners. To date the residential sector now maintains ten program summaries, updated annually to reflect the landscape of member uptake of the respective Initiatives or Explorations: New Construction, Existing Homes, Low Income, Windows and Attachments, Residential HVAC, Residential Water Heating, Home Appliances, Consumer Electronics, Residential Lighting, and Swimming Pools. These central resources are updated on an annual basis in order to demonstrate Initiative impact, reveal program design and implementation trends, and direct elements to incorporate into either new or updated Initiatives over time. This includes the deployment and adoption of smart capabilities and communicating technologies, program delivery models that engage a variety of stakeholders along the supply chain, and incorporation of non-energy benefits.

Responsibilities

CEE has a position for an intern to support this project by assisting in the data collection and analysis process. This includes some or all of the following responsibilities:

  • Work with CEE staff co-chairs to review and edit the template for a given program summary to identify any changes or revisions.
  • Collect program information by downloading raw web data through online searching and file saving. Data types include incentive information and requirements, application forms, regulatory filings, booklets, or manuals.
  • Review data for consistency or need of further assessment; format content to adhere to existing definitions, pick lists, Boolean options, and other conformities.
  • Conduct data analysis to demonstrate trends, narratives that support a given Initiative, exploratory graphs/charts, measurements or metrics of impact, etc.
  • Assess how the market of integrated demand side management is evolving to meet diverse needs that incorporate smart and connected technologies.

The intern will assist CEE staff in charge of the residential program summaries and report directly to the team manager. The individual will help assess mechanisms to streamline or improve the program summary process and work directly with staff to apply data into additional formats for publication.

Requirements

This is an unpaid internship of roughly 10-12 weeks. Applicants are required to be eligible for (and subsequently obtain) either funding or course credit through their academic institution. The start and end date for this internship are somewhat flexible and will be determined based on the needs of CEE and the availability of the selected candidate; the internship would potentially start in late May or early June 2020 and continue through August or early September 2020.

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, 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. 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 online searches and web-based research
  • Attention to details, consistency, and formatting
  • Professional demeanor

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

  • Resource collection protocols, standards, and quality assurance
  • Process documentation and management
  • Data analysis and representation
  • Understanding of the energy efficiency program industry in the US and Canada

Compensation

This is an unpaid internship. Applicants are required to be eligible for (and subsequently obtain) either funding or course credit through their academic institution.

Benefits

This internship offers students with research training and an opportunity to see firsthand 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

Complete applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Please submit (1) a cover letter that describes your interest in the position and qualifications, and (2) resume via e-mail to Eileen Eaton at eeaton@cee1.org, with the position title and your name in the subject line; for example, “John Smith—Program Summary Data Intern: Residential Sector.”

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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