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Schneider Summer Fellowships: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) 2022

Environmental Sustainability

Summer 2022 Internships 

Build Your Future with Rocky Mountain Institute! 

Do you love solving dynamic problems, thinking in numbers and working in groups? Do you also have the self-motivation, curiosity, creativity and ability to persuade others toward meaningful results? Are you passionate about making the world a better place? If yes, then be an RMI intern this summer!

Individuals from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply!


Full consideration will be given to applications received by January 25th, 2022.

We will not start the application review process until January. Due to the large number of applications received, it may take 8 weeks from the time we start reviewing to receive a response. We are working diligently and appreciate your patience.

Internships are 12 weeks in duration with the option to start on May 16th, 2022 or June 20th 2022. 

If you have issues submitting your application or uploading your documents, please email You will receive an email shortly after you apply confirming your application has been received - this can go to spam, so please be sure to check there if it is missing.

Program Internship Descriptions:

You will be asked to select one program for primary consideration, and one program for secondary consideration out of the following areas; however, your application will be generally considered for all open internship positions on this posting. Initiatives and preliminary projects listed are subject to change. We will have in-person, remote, and hybrid opportunities, as well as full (40 hours/week) and part-time (~20 hours/week) options depending on the role. We have opportunities for both undergraduate or graduate students.

Carbon-Free Buildings (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Building Electrification
    • Intern Focus: Equity & partnerships, building decarbonization, research utility transition and appliance standards, policy analysis, geothermal heating, energy cost analysis, and more.
    • Open to all US locations
  • Portfolio Energy Optimization
    • Intern focus: Expand energy tool modeling software and support pilot projects, utilize computer programming skills.
    • Boulder or remote
  • Pathways to Zero
    • Intern Focus: Research and analysis for embodied carbon and support the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative
    • NY, Boulder, or remote
    • Oakland or remote

Carbon-Free Electricity (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Business Models & Regulatory Design, eLab: Electricity Innovation Lab, Managing the Coal Capital Transition
    • Intern Focuses: Transmission electrification impacts on the grid, global coal though leadership, financial modeling, in-country support, fossil fact base, demand response and more
    • Any US locations or remote in US time zones

Carbon-Free Mobility (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Colorado offices or possibly Oakland

China Program (Beijing office, full and part-time opportunities)

  • Energy Transition for Harder-to-Abate Sectors
    • Support State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission to accelerate Chinese State Owned Enterprise's decarbonization actions & work with China Hydrogen Alliance to support China building 100GW green hydrogen capacity by 2030
  • Power Team
    • Intern Focus: Monitor and analyze the clean power related policy in China and global. Pay close attention to the EV-Grid integration market.
  • Subnational Decarbonization Demonstration
    • Intern Focus: Decarbonize Supply Chain, clean heating, provincial carbon neutrality/transportation via research, analysis, & collaboration.

Climate-Aligned Industries (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Hydrogen
    • Intern Focus: Green hydrogen for sector applications through supply chain analysis
    • US locations or remote in EU or similar time zones
  • Aviation
    • Intern Focus:  Sustainable Aviation Fuel demand signal work
    • US locations or remote

Climate Finance Access Network (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Intern Focus: Research, literature reviews, and analysis, assist with workshops, social media management and strategy.
  • NY, Boulder, or remote options

Climate Intelligence (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Oil & Gas Solutions
    • OCI+ & Climate TRACE (data), Python & SQL coding experience required
    • Flexible/remote location
  • Refining & Petrochemicals
    • Location: Boulder, NYC, or remote
  • Supply Chains
    • Intern Focus: Work alongside the Coalition on Materials Emissions Transparency to better define rules for eco label development in industrial supply chains.
    • NY, CO, DC, Beijing location options
  • Digitization
    • Intern Focus: Work with partners in the Energy Web Foundation to design digital and distributed ledger systems to hold Greenhouse Gas information on assets and products in industrial supply chains.
    • NY, CO, DC, Beijing location options

Energy Transition Academy (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Intern Focus: gather program learning resources, compile repository for templates, support creation of learning materials, assist in planning and strategy for climate leadership accelerator and events, partner with communications team.
  • DC, Boulder, or remote locations

Global Climate Finance (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Center For Climate-Aligned Finance
    • Intern Focus:  Do research & analysis, write, practice finance, use Excel, PowerPoint, and present to support the Center.
    • NY, DC, Boulder locations

Global South (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Africa Energy Program
    • Flexible/remote location
  • Islands Energy Program
    • Intern Focus: Caribbean Islands, mini-grids, & distributed clean energy increasing energy system resilience.
    • Flexible/remote location

India Program (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Passenger Mobility & Freight Transport
    • Intern Focus: Communications & Social Media, research zero-emission trucks & financing instruments for electric vehicles
    • Colorado offices or remote options

Strategic Analysis & Engagement Group (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Global Pathways or Ambition Accelerator
    • Intern Focus: Collaborate with analysts, modelers, researchers, corporate sustainability representatives, and climate NGOs to develop and curate more accessible evidence and initiatives to support pathways for high-ambition emission reduction pathways.
    • US offices preferred +/- 2 time zones from Mountain Time
  • Portfolio Impact Accelerator
    • Intern Focus: Corporate Engagement: SalesForce management, events support, corporate relationship research
    • Any US location or remote

Third Derivative (Full and part-time opportunities)

  • Intern Focuses: Research, marketing, partner outreach strategy, impact storytelling operations & business development
  • Flexible/remote locations

Urban Transformation (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • American Cities Climate Challenge Renewables Accelerator, Vehicle Miles Traveled Reduction, Texas, India Cooling
    • Intern Focus: Housing, land use, transportation, low cost cooling strategies, model solar energy capacity of parking lots, statewide communication strategy for TX cities
    • Remote

US Program (40 hour/week opportunities)

  • Beyond Carbon: State Ambition
    • Intern Focus: Support states pass ambitious climate policy, developing policy solutions.
    • DC, Boulder, or remote
  • America Is All In
    • Intern Focus: Support coalition coordination & engagement, analytical research, and/or subnational convenings
    • NY, DC, or Boulder
  • Analysis
    • Intern Focus: Support states access federal resources, simulate energy policy development, analyze jobs and equity for State Ambition - use your Python & Tableau skills
    • NY, DC, Boulder
  • Federal Policy
    • DC

Use separate posting to apply for Operations internships: Communications, Information Technology, and Program Services


Minimum Qualifications

  • You should be pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree in a related field and have basic knowledge of one or more of the teams’ focus areas—energy efficiency; renewable energy; demand-side management; building science and energy modeling; efficient and low carbon light duty cars and truck design; or transportation logistics. 
  • Where applicable, you should be comfortable working with, or reporting on, numerical analysis and spreadsheet modeling, research and reporting.
  • Clear writing, communication and presentation skills.

General Qualifications:

  • Intense curiosity
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Willingness to plunge into unfamiliar disciplines
  • Creativity and willingness to take risks by exploring and testing new ideas
  • Passion for making the world better


Interns will either be asked to work in the same office as your immediate supervisor if conditions are agreed to be safe by all parties or the internship will otherwise be offered remotely – details to be determined as more is known about the COVID-19 global pandemic. All our U.S.-based internships were successfully conducted remotely in Summer 2021.

Important Note: As a U.S. federal contractor, RMI must comply with requirements outlined Executive Order Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This Executive Order requires that all federal contractors and subcontractors mandate and verify that all U.S. based employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are based in the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of full vaccination status as a condition of employment. You may request an accommodation for medical or religious reasons. If you are based outside of the U.S., this requirement does not apply.

Office locations: New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; Oakland, California; Boulder or Basalt, Colorado; Beijing, China


  • Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Be sure to answer why you are considering RMI for an internship in this document.


Increasing the diversity of thought, perspectives, ideas and opinions within RMI is a critical change element supporting our long-term sustainability and mission to build a clean, prosperous, and secure energy future.   

We strive for a level of diversity that reflects the communities we serve. Achieving this—regardless of ability, race, ethnicity, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, socioeconomic class, educational attainment or other social identities—is critical to the success of each RMIer and collectively as an organization, ensuring that we:     

  • Have the different array of thinking that comes from diverse backgrounds and cultures, enabling us to solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.   

  • Strive for a culture of inclusion and belonging by treating others with dignity, respect and appreciation enabling them to feel welcomed, supported and valued.   

  • Effectively connect, communicate and build long-lasting relationships with decision makers, stakeholders and constituents within diverse communities.   

RMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

About RMI  

RMI is an independent nonprofit founded in 1982 that transforms global energy systems through market-driven solutions to align with a 1.5°C future and secure a clean, prosperous, zero-carbon future for all. We work in the world’s most critical geographies and engage businesses, policymakers, communities, and NGOs to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut GHG emissions at least 50 percent by 2030. RMI has offices in Basalt and Boulder, Colorado; New York City; Oakland, California; Washington, D.C.; and Beijing. 

Apply here AND online via RMI:





For complete eligibility requirements, please review our program policies in its entirety.

Undergraduates and graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply, and applicants may vary in academic interests, public service involvement, and experience. Priority will be given to students who have completed fewer than two previous Cardinal Quarter opportunities.



Selected Fellows are expected to begin service by June 20, 2022 for a summer fellowship. All fellows are required to work with their community partners full-time for twelve consecutive weeks at their placements. Fellows may be required to work remotely depending on the forthcoming University policies. Please review the complete program policies for additional requirements. Other commitments include the following:

Quarter before fellowship

  • Complete an online program orientation.
  • Complete Engaging in Ethical and Effective Service workshop or worksheet.
  • Attend Schneider Fellows cohort session(s)
  • Design a personal learning plan and share the learning plan with site supervisor and academic mentor.

During fellowship

  • Submit a brief preliminary report.
  • Submit a final report, complete a program evaluation, and correspond with fellowship donor(s) as requested by fellowships program staff.

Quarter after fellowship

  • Attend a de-briefing meeting for the purpose of reflecting upon and evaluating fellowship experiences.
  • Participate in outreach activities to share the experience and help publicize the program.

Selection Process: 

For those who seek assistance, advising is available at the Haas Center to help students develop their applications.

This fellowship is intended for individuals whose application, references, and interview demonstrate

  • an integration of the fellowship experience with applicant’s academic, personal and/or career goals
  • prior demonstrated interest or involvement in the subject area, including related coursework
  • a compelling match between applicant’s skills and interests and an organization’s work and needs
  • strong potential for the fellowship experience to enlarge a candidate’s understanding of an identified community issue or challenge

Complete applications are screened, finalists interviewed, and fellows selected by our partner organizations with the intention to award fellowships within six weeks of the application deadline. Applicants should respond promptly (within 48 hours) via email to a fellowship offer, or the offer will be rescinded. Once an applicant accepts a fellowship offer, the student should promptly notify all other Stanford and non-Stanford programs to which they have applied that they have accepted another offer and to withdraw their candidacy.




United States


January 19, 2022 | 11:59 PM
* This Application Deadline has passed

Open To

Graduate Students


Offered By

Haas Center for Public Service
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