Our Fellowship Program

Our fellowship program is a terrific way to learn about the sustainable infrastructure sector, develop practical business skills, find a mentor, build your network and get real-world experience before graduation.

Sustainable Energy Financial Fellowship 

As part of the SCA team, fellows will work with senior members to support existing and new client engagements by providing financial modeling, quantitative analysis, industry analysis, markets research, preparing proposals and communications to name a few. Our goal is to provide our fellows with not only a broad view of the sustainable infrastructure but the development of the hard and soft skills required to be a successful professional.

Our program is comprised of 4 key components:

 

  1. Project Based Work Assignments – Each fellow is assigned 2-3 projects consisting of both active client engagements and business development targets. Interns are integrated into existing project teams and provide valuable analysis, research and general support to the overall client efforts.
  2. Sustainable Capital “University” (SCU) – SCU provides fellows with weekly training taught by senior SCA members and leading experienced professionals on various topics, including fundamentals of finance, basic financial modeling, professional writing, survey of renewable energy technologies, public-private partnerships, energy policy, and utility industry, providing real world context to information students learn in academia.
  3. Blogging – Each fellow is responsible for writing a 600-800 word blog post focused on a combined personal and SCA area of interest. The post provides an opportunity to develop critical writing skills in addition to providing valuable thought leadership on research topics.
  4. Mentorship – Each fellow is assigned a SCA mentor who is responsible for providing active coaching and supervision throughout the internship.

Benefits of our Program:


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Direct work experience and client interactions

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Gain valuable networking contacts and career advice

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Weekly classes taught by SCA team and industry contacts

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Develop and build upon professional skills

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Mentorship and collaboration with skilled executives and employees

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Get featured on our blog

We’ll train you to work in areas you find most rewarding:


Finance

Marketing and Communications

Business Development

Testimonials


“While interning with Sustainable Capital Advisors, I grew intellectually, professionally, and personally. The SCA team is close-knit and supportive. They are as passionate about their work as they are about the development and well-being of their co-workers. This environment allowed me to learn by doing without fear of failure. During my internship, I gained skills in finance, data analysis, written communication, and specific subjects within sustainability such as onshore power cruise ports, green financing structures, and market participants. I was exposed to opportunities to connect with other professionals and learn more about SCA’s partners and clients. The team encouraged me to pursue projects that were meaningful to me and supported my professional interests, making my work dynamic and personally significant. Going forward, I am confident in my skills as an analyst and problem solver. SCA encouraged me and gave me the tools to be self-reliant. I left with a better understanding of sustainable infrastructure financing, a strong portfolio of work, and a network of support.” Morganne Blaylock

Summer 2018 Analyst , University of Texas at Dallas, Mechanical Engineering

“Interning at SCA has answered a lot of questions I had about energy markets and the factors that influence it. SCA pushed me as an intern to conduct proper research and to learn about what it takes to be an effective analyst. With SCA being a growing company, interns were given active projects ranging in all areas of the renewable energy sector. One of the most beneficial aspects of this internship were the weekly crash courses in various topics such as finance and the renewable energy sector. Lastly, the SCA team was very welcoming, which allowed me to get comfortable with asking questions and getting the best out of my internship experience.” George Nkpubre

Summer 2016 Analyst, Howard University, Mechanical Engineering

“I very much enjoyed my time at SCA. I worked on various renewable energy projects doing qualitative and quantitative research as well as building financial models. The thing I like the most about the SCA internship program is that you become a ‘manager’ of your own project. Once you are assigned a project, you are responsible for the project from A to Z. I conducted a research, got valuable feedback from my supervisor, spoke with the clients, and went to the meeting. My experience at SCA helped me become a young professional in energy.”

Adela WooJung Kim

Summer 2017 Analyst , John Hopkins SAIS, International Economics

“My internship with SCA has been an amazing opportunity to learn about business development in the clean energy sector. It has provided immediate opportunities to undertake real-world energy and sustainable infrastructure projects, supporting work that is driving the national dialogue on climate change, emerging technologies and clean energy finance. There are so many new markets that are working to reduce our environmental impact and it has been wonderful to work on a variety of projects ranging from solar to public transit. Aside from providing an enriching work experience, the program creates an inclusive environment in which every intern feels like an essential member of the team. I am very grateful for my time here at SCA and recommend the program to anyone interested in energy economics, policy and finance.” Samantha Buchalter

Summer 2016 Analyst, George Washington University, Environmental Resource Policy

Our interns come from these representative schools:


Who Should Apply

We are looking for positivity, hard-working, intellectually curious, team oriented candidates with a passion and interest in issues surrounding sustainability, climate change, clean tech, resiliency, and energy access/equity.

 The following are general qualifications and abilities required for the analyst intern position at SCA:

  • Majors: Pursuing a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, English, Public Policy, Economics, Law, Engineering, Environmental Studies, or Finance.
  • Experience: Minimum 1 year of experience in the energy industry (preferably in clean energy) working with project development firms, investment banks, infrastructure funds, or consulting firms.
  • Personal attributes:
    • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
    • Open to feedback, with strong desire to develop professional skills

Apply

Applications for Fall 2018 are now open.