Climate and Energy Program – 2020/2021 Winternships

The Climate and Energy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions is seeking two students to conduct research for 2020-2021 “winternships” between the two semesters. Each position would be for approximately 10-12 hours a week, for approximately 6 weeks.

One student assistant will be needed to research energy and air quality trends emerging during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, and the implications of these trends, if they are sustained, for climate policy going forward.

Another student assistant will be needed to research air permitting trends for natural gas plants that are used to back up renewable electricity generation. Operators concerned that they cannot meet air quality limits when they run natural gas combined cycle plants at less than full capacity are seeking changes to their permit conditions, with big implications for air quality in communities living near these power plants.

In addition, either or both students may be called upon to help compile stakeholder comments on a power sector climate policy climate change report for Governor Cooper of North Carolina, in early January.

Applicants for both positions should have strong research and writing skills, and be able to work independently. A strong interest and experience in the energy sector are preferred.  We are particularly interested in law school candidates for the natural gas permitting research project. These are intended to be graduate level research positions, if graduate candidates are not residing in North Carolina they must be living in an approved state to work remotely. Outstanding undergraduate candidates will be considered if they are residing in North Carolina.  

To Apply

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to by Friday, November 20.



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