Come Intern with Us!
Unfolding Energy has a number of unpaid, remote internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Selected interns will help with conducting a research project as detailed below. It is the intent to publish the research at a reputable journal or present at a prestigious international conference. In lieu of payment, interns will receive credits for their research, certificate of completion, and letter of recommendation if needed.
- Interest and expertise in US utility economics and/or energy policy.
- Understanding of renewable energy industry especially its intersectionality with climate change, economy, and health.
- Some experience of research and writing academic papers.
- Ability to work independently with guidance from the CEO and meet milestones.
- Dedication and a commitment of at least two months. Weekly hours are negotiable.
- Bachelor’s level degree required or in the process of obtaining one.
- Report directly to the CEO on a weekly basis by phone and/or video-conferencing.
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter and resume to the CEO via email: email@example.com.
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting human life, communities, and economies. The pain and duress the families and communities are going through are real.
Under lockdown, people are working from home. The engine of economy is coming to a grinding halt. The International Monetary Fund has estimated that impacts of COVID-19 induced crisis are going to be far more serious than the 2008 financial crisis. Millions of Americans have filed unemployment claims, which is likely to get worse as more cases are confirmed.
The energy sector has been particularly hard hit. The crude oil prices crash has reduced new energy production and export projects unviable. Due to lockdown, demand for energy services has steeply declined, upsetting the economic viability of renewable energy projects, as cash flows have declined. The unavailability of key human resources and supply chain disruptions may affect the delivery schedule of new projects. New community solar projects developers may have to adjust construction timelines. Renewable energy sector may also require a bailout in terms of tax credits, and direct financial support similar to the other industries. The key question: are we trending towards a new equilibrium? If so, what is the best-case scenario for new investments and jobs, and what are the appropriate policy responses?
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