Clean Technology Innovation Intern
The Clean Technology Innovation Fellow will be a part of the clean technology innovation team working to support the growth of the Massachusetts clean energy economy and position the Commonwealth as a global leader in clean energy and cleantech innovation. The clean technology innovation team is charged with understanding the market climate for clean energy industry sectors, recognizing and supporting emerging technologies and market opportunities, and identifying market trends and barriers. The team oversees a suite of grant programs to help researchers and emerging companies develop and commercialize their clean energy technologies and to help organizations that support early-stage companies (i.e., incubators and accelerators). The Fellow is an important contributor to the team’s day-to-day operations.
The Fellow will assist the clean technology innovation team with project tracking and management, communication with internal and external stakeholders, program administration, research and analysis activities, and event planning and logistics. The Fellow will contribute to program team meetings; collect and analyze project metrics; perform background research on technologies, companies, or initiatives; and may present results to the team and/or broader organization.
The Fellow will have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the energy industry, including identifying market strengths and weaknesses of proposed new technologies; to write about and present research results; and to network with clean energy industry stakeholders.
The fellowship program at MassCEC includes various educational and networking opportunities, including:
- In-depth overview presentations from division heads;
- Tech Talks and Brown Bag Presentations;
- Guided tour of the State House;
- Guided tour of the Wind Technology Testing Center;
- Site visits to incubators, research labs, and testing centers;
- Attend relevant cleantech conferences; and
- Other industry related events.
- Work as part of a team on projects and programs to help promote the commercialization of clean energy technology developed by Massachusetts startups and researchers. Such programs include AmplifyMass, Catalyst, and InnovateMass, among others.
- Support MassCEC's clean energy innovation infrastructure including Massachusetts based incubators (i.e., Greentown Labs, North Shore InnoVentures, SeaAhead, etc.), accelerators (i.e., Cleantech Open Northeast, MassChallenge, etc.), and business councils (i.e., Northeast Clean Energy Council).
- Track tasks as part of a project, draft meeting notes and memos, research, data entry, create targeted reports and marketing materials, draft memos and letters, work with others to create graphics and maps, update websites.
- Review applicant proposals, maintain ownership over program databases and tracking systems, and assist with scheduling meetings and events.
- Conduct research and analysis on specific topics/issues related to clean energy technology commercialization and reduction of industry market barriers.
- Assist and participate in meetings, roundtables, and conferences with other staff and external parties.
- Lead a series of presentations with external parties that were awarded through MassCEC’s grant programs.
- Gain experience and familiarity with clean energy industry commercialization lifecycle and challenges.
- Currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in international affairs, economics, environmental studies/science, policy, engineering, entrepreneurship, or business Upper-level undergraduate preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Strong interest in clean energy technology innovation and industry development.
- Basic familiarity with at least one of the following: renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies; energy market structure and economics of energy projects; energy policy and regulation.
- Excellent organizational skills, writing skills, and attention to detail.
- Ability to work well independently, as part of a team, and both internally and externally with stakeholders.
- Comfortable using Office programs such as Excel, Word, and Outlook; intermediate experience with Excel preferred.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects within deadlines effectively.
- Ability to be proactive and anticipate where projects and tasks can and/or need to be taken to advance progress.
- Time management skills and keen understanding of prioritization.
The fellow will work under the supervision of the Program Manager in close coordination with staff on the innovation team at MassCEC.
The fellow will earn $18 per hour and be eligible to work for 35 hours per week.
About the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center:
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the growth of the clean energy sector across the Commonwealth to spur job creation, deliver statewide environmental benefits and to secure long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. MassCEC works to increase the adoption of clean energy while driving down costs and delivering financial, environmental, and economic development benefits to energy users and utility customers across the state.
MassCEC’s mission is to accelerate the clean energy and climate solution innovation that is critical to meeting the Commonwealth’s climate goals, advancing Massachusetts’ position as an international climate leader while growing the state’s clean energy economy.
MassCEC is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization where everyone is welcomed, supported, respected, and valued. We are committed to incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and environmental justice in all aspects of our work in order to promote the equitable distribution of the health and economic benefits of clean energy and support a diverse and inclusive clean energy industry. MassCEC strives to lead and innovate in equitable clean energy and climate solutions.