Research Team Fall Internship

Job Posted 8/23/2023
Solar Energy Industries Association
Washington, WA 20005
United States
Job Description

Company Profile

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association for the solar and storage industry and represents more 1,000 member companies and 255,000 Americans working across the United States. SEIA is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy and is creating the framework for solar to reach 30% of U.S. electricity generation by 2030. We work with our member companies and strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power.

SEIA does this by supporting pro-solar policies at the state and federal level, developing cutting-edge market research, hosting educational events and webinars, and serving as the voice of the solar and storage industry.

SEIA employees are passionate, forward-thinking leaders that start every day knowing that their work makes a difference. SEIA values diversity and fosters an inclusive, lively company culture that celebrates team success. The association has earned numerous awards for its work and company culture and was named by the Washington Post as a 2023 Top Workplace and a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times.

Internship Description:

SEIA is looking for a fall intern to work on a variety of high-priority research projects focused on the U.S. solar industry. The intern will work as a member of the Research Department, which supports SEIA’s advocacy mission by providing other departments with accurate data and analysis on the major opportunities and challenges facing the U.S. solar industry. Ongoing and past research activities include SEIA’s Major Projects List, Solar Means Business, analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the SEIA/Wood Mackenize U.S. Solar Market Insight report series. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Solar industry and energy policy research
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Database maintenance and cleaning
  • Creation of data visualizations
  • Professional writing for fact sheets, reports, web content, and other materials as needed


  •  Previous professional or academic experience in policy research and analysis and proficiency with Microsoft Excel is preferred.  
  • An interest in energy, environmental policy, business, economics, or statistics 
  •  Experience with Salesforce, Mapbox, GIS applications, or programming a plus.  
  • A top applicant will be a detail-oriented self-starter with strong communication skills across all mediums and a demonstrated ability to think critically.
  • Academic Majors (preferred): Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Data Sciences, Statistics, Public Administration, Environmental Science and related fields


This position pays $18/hour. Start and end dates are flexible. For our internship Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

This position is 20-25 hours/week (Mondays and Wednesdays must be in the office)

Working at SEIA

SEIA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the solar industry. We strive to welcome different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable solar industry. SEIA envisions an industry that is committed to fostering a culture of inclusivity. We aim to achieve this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress. We will develop strategies, programs, and tools that seek to equalize opportunities within SEIA and allow for discussing and sharing best practices within the solar industry.

SEIA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, homelessness, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. SEIA complies with applicable federal, state, and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which we employ staff. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.