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Communications Internship - Clean Energy Access

Remote, greater Washington, DC area /similar time zone preferred

Full-time or part-time per candidate’s availability

About the Organization

CLASP serves at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for clean energy access, through appliance efficiency. We work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive products possible. CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since its inception in 1999. We envision a world in which appliances are life-changing, low-impact, and environmentally responsible.

We’re mission-driven, impacts-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. We are headquartered in Washington, D.C. and have a growing office in Kenya (addressing sub-Saharan Africa more broadly), long-standing teams in Europe and India, and partner consultants operating globally. See our Team Page to learn more about our organization.

Position Summary

CLASP seeks a highly motivated intern to support its communications and outreach efforts. The Intern will support CLASP’s Clean Energy Access team, which works in partnership with stakeholders across Africa and South Asia to improve markets for energy efficient, high-quality appliances, both on and off the grid. Our team provides world-class technical and advisory services aimed at developing global off-grid appliance markets. We conduct cutting-edge research and share information widely; we develop test methods and evaluate products to identify top performers and ensure quality; we engage with leading product manufacturers and downstream market stakeholders to identify and address market barriers; we run competitions to identify best-in-class products and reward innovation; and we provide financial incentives to buyers of those products to drive scale. The intern will assist with current project work and administrative tasks to support other team members, for example:

  • Writing and scheduling social media content for Twitter and LinkedIn as part of ongoing communications across various CLASP brands (Efficiency for Access, Global LEAP Awards, VeraSol, and CLASP handles).
  • Leading aspects of content creation for upcoming communications campaigns (e.g. preparing partner toolkits; planning Twitter chats and/or webinars).
  • Contribute to the development of new graphics and data visualization tools for use on social media and the Efficiency for Access website.
  • Assist with communications around dissemination of our upcoming research reports and/or tools (e.g. an interactive activities map). Design and format reports, blog posts, and other publications following Efficiency for Access brand guidelines.
  • Contribute to the development of research summaries, blogs, and thought pieces for digital distribution.
  • Managing critical program administrative tasks and day-to-day activities that ensure program impacts (e.g., develop and maintain contact databases, organize video and teleconferences, track online content engagement via Sprout Social and Google Analytics).

The intern will also have the opportunity to work on a long-term project that advances CLASP’s communications objectives. The exact assignment(s) will depend both on our needs and on your skills, expertise and interest. For reference, potential projects could include:

  • Doing the first round of desk research and synthesis/analysis for some anticipated communications projects that will focus on nexus issues with energy efficient appliances – across health, hunger, humanitarian relief, and/or education.
  • Help the communications team expand the reach of the Efficiency for Access newsletter by developing and implementing a newsletter standard operating procedure and outreach plan.
  • Establish a system and procedure for monitoring and tracking earned media coverage, and contribute to a new Efficiency for Access media engagement strategy.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • 1-2 years professional or intern experience supporting communications, digital media, and/or administrative support in a research, non-profit, advocacy or academic environment. Experience in climate, energy access, renewable energy and/or international development sectors preferred.
  • Bachelor's or graduate degree in a relevant field (e.g., communications, international relations, development, environmental management, marketing and/or English language and literature with focus / experience in any of the above) preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience and success working remotely.
  • Persuasive and effective communication skills, both verbal and written; exceptional written and spoken English a must
  • Experience working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • Highly motivated self-starter with entrepreneurial attitude and strategic approach to learning and problem-solving
  • Professional demeanor; ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment
  • Time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks at once
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel

Compensation and Location

The internship will be paid at a rate of $22 per hour, before taxes. Class credit may be available and will be provided in accordance with your university’s policy.

Due to COVID-19, the CLASP team is working from home indefinitely and this position will also be remote for the time being. Washington, DC-area candidates are preferred but other EDT-based candidates are also welcome to apply.

To Apply

Internships are typically 6-month engagements; the end date is flexible and can be extended based on need and availability. While full-time internships are preferred, this position is also open for part-time applicants (20 hours per week at a minimum). Therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability (hours/week) and timeframe (start/end dates).

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a resume and cover letter via email. Please direct all applications and inquiries to info@efficiencyforaccess.org.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.