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Renewable Energy Program – Internship Job Description

The mission of the Center for Climate Protection is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. We work with business, government, youth and the broader community to advance practical, science-based solutions for significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The Renewable Energy Implementation Program of the Center for Climate Protection seeks a capable, dedicated, enthusiastic student who would like to take on a challenging internship in the renewable energy arena. This is a volunteer position and no monetary compensation is offered.

Benefits of the internship include:

  • Working with an energetic and serious, yet fun and creative staff at the Center for Climate Protection;
  • Support from a dedicated mentor;
  • An opportunity to exercise creativity and take initiative;
  • Ability to apply the internship toward academic coursework requirements;
  • Access to most of the resources available to the staff of the Center for Climate Protection;
  • A means of being introduced to influential community leaders in Sonoma County;
  • A means of adding some impressive experience on a résumé;
  • Knowing that the Center for Climate Protection and the mentor of the program pledge to remain on an ongoing resource for the intern, after the internship is completed.


Our Renewable Energy Program is divided into two main work areas, Community Choice Aggregation and Solar Energy Advancement. At any given time we may be engaged in other renewable energy related activities that do not fall into these categories.

Our interns will be asked to do work that falls into any one of these main task headings:

  • Research
  • Policy Analysis
  • Writing (reports, articles, blogs, letters to editor, etc.)
  • Interviews with Opinion Leaders and Technical Experts
  • Social Media Work
  • Participation in Meetings and/or Events
  • Stakeholder Outreach (phone, email, etc.)
  • Video Production
  • Other tasks as requested


A minimum duration of six weeks and a minimum of 15 work-hours per week preferred, but negotiable. Some of that time may be in the field. Time spent in-office is flexible and can be arranged to fit a students’ schedule. At least one face-to-face check-in per week is required. This internship aims to fulfill whatever the academic requirements are for course-related internships.

We aim to do our best to align the tasks at hand with the interests and abilities of our interns. We encourage our interns to let us know what they would like to do. In some cases interns may develop their own tasks when they are consistent with the needs of the organization.

The Center for Climate Protection is located in downtown Santa Rosa at 831 4th Street. For more information or to apply please email résumé and availability to and/or call 707-525-1665 ext. 117