Trade Internship

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Organization Description:  SEIA is the national trade association of solar energy manufacturers, project developers, distributors, contractors, installers, architects, consultants and financiers.  Established in 1974, SEIA works to make solar energy a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, strengthening the industry, and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. SEIA employs 19 full-time staff.

Internship Description:  Interns at SEIA will have the opportunity to be a part of a prominent national trade association and participate in federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the solar energy industry.  Interns will be involved in all aspects of SEIA’s economic, policy, markets and business research efforts. Projects vary from projecting the impact of federal policies on solar energy deployment and employment to collecting market and supply chain data.

Experiences Offered:

  • Exposure to legal and international trade policy research areas
  • Attend industry meetings and make contacts
  • Learn about policy analysis, industry economics and international affairs
  • Learn about energy markets
  • Become familiar with trade association functions and structure

Qualifications: Ideal candidates will be available at least 15 hours per week, demonstrate an interest in energy and environmental policy, and possess strong writing skills.  Candidates should also keep up with current events, and have the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment.  Computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.  The following additional skill areas are a plus: economics/international studies, LexisNexis, extensive research experience.

Academic Majors:  Undergraduate or graduate students in economics, international studies, policy analysis, government, environmental studies, or other related field.

Compensation:   A transportation stipend is available. Supervisor will provide written evaluation and summary of work experience.


To Apply: 

Please submit a cover letter and resume to John Smirnow with the subject “Trade Intern,” at  Positions are open until filled.

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