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Government Affairs Internship


About SEIA:

Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is building a strong solar industry to power America. Click here to learn more.

Internship Description: 

SEIA is looking for a government affairs interns to work with our federal and state affairs departments. The ideal candidates will be available 30-40 hours per week, demonstrate an interest in energy policy, and possess strong writing skills. Candidates should also have an understanding of the legislative process, keep up with current events, and have the ability to multitask in a fast‐paced environment. Computer literacy (online research, familiarity with Word, Excel, etc.) is expected.

Interns at SEIA will have the opportunity to be a part of a fast-paced high-energy government affairs team and to participate in federal and state advocacy efforts on behalf of the solar energy industry. The interns will be involved in all aspects of SEIA’s government affairs agenda, including renewable electricity standards, public lands, transmission, tax policy, and appropriations. Those with a legal background can be expected to assist on regulatory filings and proceedings.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Legislative, regulatory, economic, and policy research
  • State, Federal & Executive Government relations
  • Community and grassroots organizing
  • Coalition‐building
  • Member communications


  • Problem-solving
  • Organization
  • Flexibility
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

This position is 30-40 hours per week. All majors are encouraged to apply.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Heather Whitpan at with the subject line “Spring Government Affairs Intern.”

This position pays DC minimum wage. Start and end dates are flexible. For our internship Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Working at SEIA

SEIA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the solar industry. We strive to welcome different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable solar industry. SEIA envisions an industry that is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity. We aim to achieve this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress. We will develop strategies, programs, and tools that seek to equalize opportunities within SEIA and allow for discussing and sharing best practices within the solar industry.