Calling Changemakers

Do you want to be part of the climate solution, work alongside a talented mentor and colleagues, and enhance a supportive and energetic culture? Founded in 1995, Energy Solutions is an employee-owned clean energy and climate mitigation consulting firm. We deliver large-scale environmental benefits by engineering, designing, and implementing market-based energy efficiency and demand management solutions. We also develop policies that are better for businesses and better for society with a focus on equity and access. We have a talented and committed team, provide a stimulating, healthy, and participatory workplace, and emphasize innovative approaches to maximize the reach and value of our services. With nearly 400+ staff, we are honored to serve a diverse range of utility, public agency, commercial, and industrial clients.

Energy Solutions interns will have opportunities to shine! As an intern, you can network across the company, connect with other interns, and present your work to supportive stakeholders. Our internships are:

  • Full to part-time (20-40 hours a week).
  • Paid:
    • Undergraduates: $21/hour.
    • Graduate students: $24/hour.

In order to be eligible for the fall program, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program as a second to fourth-year student or enrolled in a graduate program.
    • Please note we are unable to accept applications from first-year students.
  • A US Citizen or permanent resident.
    • Please note we are unable to host international students.
  • Available to meet your weekly hours requirement between September and November 2024.
  • Motivated by the Energy Solutions’ mission to reduce carbon emissions with an equity lens.
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Our internship opportunities, paired with Energy Solutions’ mission-driven approach, create a perfect environment for individuals who want to have an active voice in shaping the energy future.

To apply, please submit:

  • Your updated resume/CV.
  • A short essay that meets the criteria below.
  • A work sample that meets the criteria below.


Your short essay must:

  • Be an original document written by you. We will not accept work written by or with the assistance of ChatGPT or other AI/chatbot programs.
  • Be 500 words or less.
  • Answer one of the two following prompts:
    • Describe how you have overcome adversity and applied the lessons learned to your academic, professional, or personal life.
    • Describe how the internship you apply for will enhance or help launch your career in an energy related industry.

Your work sample must:

  • Be an original document written by you. We will not accept work written by or with the assistance of ChatGPT or other AI/chatbot programs. You are permitted to submit a section of a larger document, including a document you wrote in collaboration with others, so long as the section you submit is entirely your own work.
  • Be between 1 and 3 pages long, not including sources. You may submit a document longer than 3 pages but we will not read past the 3rd page.
  • Demonstrate your ability to communicate your thinking about an idea. This is vague by design; anything that you wrote and are proud of will probably suffice.
  • Focus on a topic important to you. The topic does not have to be related to the internship you are applying for, but if it is, all the better.

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 1 at 5:00 PM PST. We will not accept late applications or make exceptions regarding the criteria.

Notifications of acceptance into the program will be sent in August.

The 2024 fall program application cycle opened on Friday, May 24, 2024. Our summer program applications will open in early 2025.

Please reach out to [email protected] with any questions. Applications sent to this address past the deadline will not be accepted. Thank you.

2024 Internship Opportunities

Business Strategy

Business Strategy Team Intern

Remote – US

The Business Strategy Team Intern will dive deep into individual technology types in the energy efficiency space at the intersection of New Markets and Products. In this role, you will provide critical support during our initial assessment of business opportunities for Energy Solutions related to high-impact technologies and policies identified by the Energy Solutions Impacts Team and Greenworks Team. This role is a great opportunity for someone in search of a deeper understanding of State (California) and National policy regarding emerging technology, programs, and decarbonization solutions, as well as an understanding of climate solutions in different sectors of the economy.

Apply here

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency Midstream Program Intern

Remote – US

The Energy Efficiency Midstream Program Intern will have a wonderful opportunity to see several sides of the energy consulting industry, including data management, software development, and project management. In this day-to-day program support role, you will add value to the team in a variety of ways: you will facilitate easier data analysis and review by ensuring data meets quality and consistency requirements; help define standards for implementation and data use affecting both the software and energy project management practices; and ensure programs in the Energy Efficiency department follow midstream best practices.

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California Commercial Foodservice Intern

Remote – US

Everyone eats and almost everyone buys some of their food prepared, whether it’s fast food, fine dining, prepared foods at the grocery store, or even the grab-and-go case at convenience stores or coffee shops. Commercial kitchen equipment uses a lot of energy, and Energy Solutions is helping save a lot of energy by promoting energy-efficient equipment. As the California Commercial Foodservice Intern, you will help ensure that the benefits of the California commercial foodservice program reach small & independent restaurant operators throughout the state. You will also make sure that new program additions launch successfully and hit their significant savings goals.

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Growth Management and Strategy

Junior Writing Admin Intern

Remote – US

The Junior Writing Admin Intern will have a unique opportunity to work alongside and provide support to our proposal and technical writing team. You will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to produce a broad range of essential documents such as proposals, client reports, public-facing copy, and more. These experiences will provide essential on-the-job training to broaden your skillset.

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