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Summer 2018: Virginia Energy Efficiency Council - Communications Intern

Feb 10, 2018

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Journalism internships, Public Relations internships

Who We Are

Virginia Energy Efficiency Council Internship Program

Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, or VAEEC, is the voice for the energy efficiency industry in the Commonwealth. We are a nonprofit based out of Richmond, VA. Our array of members includes innovators such as tech-groups and higher education, as well as, energy service companies, electricity and natural gas utilities, engineering firms, contractors, consultants, software companies, and energy efficiency program implementers such as local and state government. With help from our members and partners, the VAEEC is creating, implementing, and sharing energy efficiency solutions that keep costs down for residents and businesses, while improving the quality of life in our work and home environments.

Our Mission

The VAEEC’s goal is to ensure energy efficiency is recognized as integral to Virginia’s economy and clean energy future. We seek to assess and support programs, innovation, best practices and policies which grow Virginia’s energy efficiency industry and to provide a forum for stakeholder interaction.

Our Campaigns + Programs

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is focused on several program areas, including Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, the Governor’s Executive Committee on Energy Efficiency, data benchmarking, buildings codes, and policy. Throughout the year, the VAEEC hosts informative calls, webinars, meetings, and events.

Internship Program

VAEEC believes in customizing the internship based on the intern's interest, skills, and experience.

All VAEEC interns will report directly to the Program Coordinator. There is no stipend provided for internships; however, the VAEEC will reimburse pre-approved expenses associated with the internship, such as travel.

Internship Outcomes

  • Opportunity for professional development and mentorship

  • Completion of measurable project(s)

  • Ability to work in a co-creative workspace

  • Exposure to leaders: contact with the Executive Director, Board members, and decision makers

Internship Opportunities + Projects

The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is seeking an attentive, organized, and motivated intern who will work directly with staff to implement campaigns, support events and communications, assist with research / writing and videography / photography projects, manage our social media, website, and membership, and assist with administrative tasks.

  • Campaigns. The VAEEC is focused on several programs and campaigns, including C- PACE, regulatory / utility programs, and policy / legislation. An intern would assist with any meetings, calls, events, website updates, or communications related to these campaigns.

  • Events. VAEEC events include our quarterly webinar series, workshops and lecture series on various programs, site visits with legislators, our Spring Member Meeting, and our Fall Member Meeting and Awards Ceremony. An intern would assist the Program Coordinator with these events from planning to execution to post-event needs.

  • Communications. The VAEEC releases an e-newsletter each month, along with sending member-only and dedicated emails on the latest updates and opportunities in the energy efficiency sector. An intern would assist our Communications Coordinator with assembling content, formatting, and advertising VAEEC communications. Additionally, an intern could assist with creating graphics and event materials.

  • Research + Writing. VAEEC tracks current articles and reports on energy efficiency in Virginia and across the nation. When new reports are released, an intern would have the opportunity to analyze the information to create blog posts. These blogs would decipher the information and findings from reports and summarize how they impact Virginians or fit into the VAEEC’s work. The blogs would then be shared on the VAEEC website, e- newsletters, and social media accounts. Additionally, there could be opportunities for an intern to assist the VAEEC on in-house reports, such as the one released in 2017, Why Energy Efficiency is a Smart Investment for Virginia. This can also include assisting staff members with grant invoices and reports.

  • Videography + Photography. The VAEEC has conducted several site visits with legislators in partnership with our members. We have a collection of photos and video footage from these visits. One intern project would be to turn this raw footage and photos into usable material, such as short video clips that tout the first hand benefits of energy efficiency. These clips would be used at VAEEC events, on social media and our website, and sent to key legislators. Along with working with existing footage, an intern would have the opportunity to travel around the state to capture video clips and photos from members to turn into new stories.

  • Social Media and Website. Along with the VAEEC website, we have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. An intern would assist VAEEC staff with website maintenance and content updates, and create a social media plan. This plan would include a schedule of social media content in an effort to increase our online presence and number of followers, as well as to be a source for the latest energy efficiency news.

  • Membership. The VAEEC uses a database to manage our 85+ members, communications subscribers, and event participants. An intern would assist with periodic database updates and organization. Additionally, an intern could assist with developing a plan to increase membership engagement, retention, marketing, and growth.

An intern would have the flexibility to focus on just a few of the above-mentioned needs or all of the above.

Intern Requirements

Strong candidates will have the following characteristics and skills: 

  • Working toward or completed a BS/BA or higher

  • Excellent writing skills and ability to craft content on a variety of platforms

  • Strong verbal and research skills

  • Familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

  • Self-motivated, dependable, and quality-oriented

  • Detail-oriented multi-tasker with the ability to think through the tactical and logistical aspects of large-scale events

  • Able to work independently and proactively while meeting deadlines

  • Interest in the environment, energy, and/or policy

    Additional information

    The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is based out of a co-working space in Richmond, VA. Interns are expected to work out of the VAEEC office located at 409 East Main Street. This is a part-time position with flexible hours. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

    How to Apply

    Please send a resume and cover letter to