Our Internship Program

Our analyst intern 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 Analyst Internship 

As part of the SCA team, interns 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 interns 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 intern 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 interns 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 intern 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 intern 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


“One aspect of interning at SCA which I really enjoyed was the diversity of my team with each of their individualized specialities. Not only did I learn a great amount about the sustainable infrastructure in itself, I also was able to see it through a multi-dimensional lens which allowed me to more thoroughly understand the industry through a business, marketing, and economic perspective.”

Alice Lemee

Summer 2016 Analyst , George Washington University, Communications

“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

“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

“My time at SCA has allowed me to learn and take part in many areas of consulting that were once unfamiliar to me. As interns, weekly lectures taught us valuable knowledge; from Finance 101 by Trenton Allen himself, to a guest speaker explaining the roles the government play in incentivizing energy efficiency investments. As an Analyst Intern, I have been involved in the ins and outs of all the components of a consulting project. I’ve specifically assisted in many aspects of a project based in the Caribbean, which allowed me to feel like I am a part of the team and not just on the sidelines. The SCA team, interns and all, have made this internship extremely beneficial, and allowed me to take away a lot of valuable information.”

Bianca Tedesco

Summer 2016 Analyst , Johns Hopkins SAIS, International Relations and International Economics

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.