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1 Jun 2019

Internship Internship – Market Development & Innovation

CLASP – Posted by CEA Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Job Description

About the Organization

CLASP serves as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From advancing off-grid solar technologies, bringing power to energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP programs increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances. We’re mission-driven, impact-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. Learn more here.

Position Summary

CLASP seeks a highly motivated summer intern perform qualitative and quantitative research, data-related work, crafting insights, and developing case studies on compliance best practices. The Intern will support the CLASP Market Development & Innovation team, which provides world-class technical and advisory services on efficient, high quality, off-grid appropriate appliances that can unlock higher levels of energy access in off- and weak-grid developing country contexts. The team is currently implementing projects and programs in countries across sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, and the Intern would be part of a multi-disciplinary and multi-national project team, contributing to the design and development of a range of deliverables from field testing of off-grid products to communications campaigns.

The exact assignment(s) will depend both on our needs and on your skills, expertise and interest. For reference, potential projects could include:

The intern will substantively contribute to one or more of the following:

  • Updating the LEIA technology summaries based on recent research conducted by our team since its publication
  • Providing assistance to scoping and planning for some anticipated “fast track” projects – one heavily focused on research (productive use appliances for agriculture in India) and one heavily focused on communications (developing consumer awareness raising campaign in one or more developing country markets)
  • Doing the first round of desk research and synthesis/analysis for some anticipated “long term” projects that will focus on nexus issues with energy efficient appliances – across health, humanitarian relief, and/or education.

The intern will also have the opportunity to assist with current project work and administrative tasks to support other team members. This may include one or more of the following:

  • Helping finalize migration of contacts & development of necessary fields for our new CRM system
  • Writing and scheduling Tweets as part of ongoing communications and/or to help develop an upcoming communications campaign
  • Assist with communications around dissemination of our upcoming research reports and/or tools (e.g. the “Off-Grid Appliance Data Platform”).   

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field; may be either in progress, or completed within the past 6 months (if in progress, entering final undergraduate year preferred). Students pursuing, or just graduated from, Master’s or Ph.D. level studies are also invited to apply.
  • Highly detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods
  • Experience working with qualitative and quantitative data
  • Highly motivated self-starter with entrepreneurial attitude and strategic approach to learning and problem-solving
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Professional demeanor; ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency policy and Montreal Protocol highly desirable
  • Outstanding collaborator and team player with well-honed listening and interpersonal skills
  • Time management and organizational skills with ability to manage multiple tasks at once
  • Ability to read French and/or Spanish is a plus
  • Proficient in Excel


Compensation will be provided at a competitive, hourly rate. Class credit may be available and will be provided in accordance with your university’s policy.

How to Apply

Internships are typically 10-week engagements; start and end dates can accommodate academic schedules. Therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability (hours/week) and timeframe (e.g. June 1-August 31). CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CLASP is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Categories: Environment / Climate Change. Job Types: Internship.

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