Interning with MEI
Interns at Missouri Energy Initiative gain valuable skills, while working with MEI staff members on hands-on projects related to energy policy & economic development.
The Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI), a statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on emerging energy issues in Missouri and the Midwest, seeks an intern for its public policy & economic development initiatives to support a variety of projects, including its Energy Storage Industry & Supply Chain Initiative, Property Assessed Clean Energy program administration, energy legislation tracker, Public Service Commission database & weekly update, and research & development of various white papers and long-form posts.
Skills / Qualifications
Senior standing or bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study working towards an advanced degree.
Interest in and familiarity with energy policies strongly preferred.
Experience researching legislation and policy preferred.
Strong writing and oral communication skills required.
Self-motivation and ability to manage multiple assignments (as needed), work efficiently, and meet deadlines.
MEI strongly encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds. Students with backgrounds in engineering, economics, public policy, energy, environment, business, communications, or journalism should consider applying. MEI is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination with regard to race, sex, color, age, religion, creed, class, sexual orientation, national origin, and disability.
Public Policy & Economic Development Internship
Missouri Public Service Commission case tracking and database development
Energy storage industry research and analysis for white paper development
Analysis of utility regulation and project development
State Energy Plan research and analysis
Energy-related economic development research and development of communication materials
Duties & Responsibilities
Research, track, synthesize, and summarize public policy issues affecting the Missouri energy sector.
Assist in the preparation of materials to communicate policy issues to organizational partners, energy stakeholders, and decision makers.
Manage updates to MEI’s legislative and Public Service Commission databases.
Analyze economic development and energy efficiency improvement projects
Perform related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Timing / Compensation
The summer internship starts in early May 2022 and may extend into the fall semester. The internship will require a time commitment of ~ 20 hours/week. This is a remote internship.
Compensation includes a $1,000 stipend, networking opportunities, professional development, and significant contacts in the business and energy communities. MEI will work with your college or university to provide proper credit and oversight.
Please send a resume with cover letter and brief (1-2 pages) writing sample to email@example.com. Please use “Public Policy/Economic Development Internship” in the subject header.
Alex Goodman, University of Missouri-Columbia
2020 Public Policy Intern
Alex assisted MEI with public policy research regarding state economic development and energy storage by investigating the causes of industrial hubs with a focus on battery energy storage systems in other states and engaging with state stakeholders on the economic and research potentials of this technology.
Alex is now an Associate Consultant and Analyst with SES, Inc.
Zarnab Rahim, University of Missouri-Columbia
2019 Public Policy Intern
Zarnab completed her Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Alberta along with her Certificate in Economics and Management of Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment from the School of Business. Before starting her Master’s, she worked as a Project Analyst with the Government of Alberta and has extensive knowledge of operating policies and procedures. She has a particular interest in energy and environmental policy and hopes to pursue a career in energy and environmental policy.
Jolyon Larson, Indiana University
2017 Public Policy Intern
Jolyon received a Masters in Public Affairs from the School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in Bloomington. His concentration was in Energy Policy and he has a particular interest in the nexus between energy and environmental policy, energy infrastructure finance and energy policy development. Before attending IU, Jolyon received his Bachelors degree from Hendrix College in Political Science. He previously severed as a research assistant with the Institute for European Studies in Brussels, Belgium.
Jolyon is currently a PhD. student at the University of Vermont.