Policy Intern

Scope of internship:

Our Internship CRES Policy Intern will have the opportunity to work on multiple research projects on issues such as clean energy technologies and policies, climate change, or emissions in the transportation and industrial sectors, in advancement of CRES’s goals of educating the public and influencing the national conversation on clean energy solutions. A typical day could include attending policy discussion panels and events, compiling the most recent statistics and qualitative information on emissions, relevant technologies and policy alternatives related to the specific research work streams of the Policy team, and assistance with drafting CRES’s various written policy products.

This temporary paid internship will result in significant professional learning experiences in Washington, DC, and meaningful career contacts in climate policy and clean energy. Work hours are flexible based on availability, but a 25-39-hour work week is ideal. The minimum commitment is for the entire summer of 2023.

Policy Intern responsibilities include:

  • Assist the Policy team with ongoing projects which advance CRES’s overarching policy agenda
  • Assist in research and writing, as well as compiling and synthesizing statistics and qualitative information, for developing issue briefs and white papers on issues related to Policy research streams. These include but are not limited to:
    • Federal energy and innovation policy
    • Industrial emissions
    • Transportation policy
    • Natural climate solutions
  • Attend policy events and draft detailed summaries for the Policy team
  • Conduct political and policy research to augment the policy, government relations, and communications work streams

Skills, Qualifications, and Professional Attributes:

  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously, including setting priorities and adapting to changes in a time-sensitive workplace
  • Experience performing qualitative analysis
  • Initiative and ability to self-direct on assignments
  • Excellent writing, communication, and critical thinking skills
  • Organizational, detail-oriented skills
  • Advanced skills in MS Office applications, including Word and Excel
  • Experience with literature reviews, as well as analyzing and interpreting data
  • Experience in energy policy or climate policy


Completed (or pursing) an undergraduate or graduate degree in Political Science, Economics, Policy, or related fields

How to apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Please include “Policy Intern” in the subject line. We review all applications on a rolling basis, so apply as soon as possible. CRES is an equal opportunity employer. A background check is required before a formal offer is made to any candidate.

EEO Statement:

CRES is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CRES’ policy applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and provides equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, or military status, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

About the Organization:

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to engage Republican policymakers and the public about responsible, conservative solutions to address our nation’s energy, economic, and environmental security while increasing America’s competitive edge. This work includes building out robust political and advocacy operations to support Republican clean energy champions in the U.S. House and Senate. In addition to working with Members of Congress and legislative staffs to discuss policy ideas, the CRES team members also collaborate with industry representatives and subject matter experts in their mission to bring Americans together to solve our most pressing issues. CRES policy goals include:

  • Reducing global emissions and growing the U.S. economy.
  • Enacting policy that builds off historically successful approaches to affordable clean energy
  • Affordably reducing domestic emissions in a manner that can be leveraged globally

To further its mission, although our staff are employees of CRES, CRES established CRES Forum in 2017 to educate the public and influence the national conversation around clean energy solutions that are actionable, market-friendly and responsible. CRES Forum provides expert information to key decision makers, so they are empowered to act in addition to support annual forums and events, such as National Clean Energy Week, to demonstrate how clean energy policies strengthen the economy, enhance America’s vital national security interests, and help to preserve our environment for future generations.

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