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About the Organization
CLASP serves at the epicenter of collaborative, ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change and in the global movement for clean energy access, through appliance efficiency. Our mission is to improve the energy and environmental performance of the appliances & equipment we use every day, accelerating our transition to a more sustainable world. We work hand-in-hand with governments, experts, industry, consumers, donor organizations and others to propel policies and markets toward the highest-quality, lowest resource-intensive appliances possible. CLASP has worked in more than 100 countries since our inception in 1999. CLASP is headquartered in Washington, DC, with teams in Europe, Kenya, India, China, and Indonesia. We are mission driven and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, collaboration, and impactful work.
CLASP’s Climate Team
CLASP’s Climate program supports ambitious efforts to mitigate climate change through appliance and equipment energy efficiency. We work in partnership with policymakers and other key stakeholders in dozens of countries—from Brazil to Indonesia, the EU to China—with support from a diverse group of funders.
Our team provides world-class technical and policy advisory services directly to governments to develop and implement the most ambitious and cost-effective appliance efficiency policies all over the world. We accelerate the development of energy-efficient product markets through minimum energy performance standards, informative product labeling, and identification and promotion of the most efficient appliances, both on and off the grid. Our programs are designed to maximize impacts by targeting high emitters, raising the bar through ground-breaking policies, and advancing technologies to meet sustainable development aspirations around the world.
As our global portfolio continues to grow, we are expanding our team to ensure we can assist countries to meet their climate goals and deliver ambitious energy and carbon emission reductions.
CLASP works on projects ranging from advancing the off-grid solar technologies that bring power to energy impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of commonly used appliances. During your internship, you will be part of an integrated multi-national team that is transforming global markets. You will likely contribute on several projects, gaining exposure to a range of issues and details. The exact assignment(s) will depend both on our needs and on your particular skills, expertise and interest. For reference, potential projects could include:
- Conducting online research into policies and market factors, which drive appliance energy consumption in various countries around the world
- Compiling results from CLASP’s primary research in various countries and supporting market data collection to improve CLASP’s global policy modeling tools
- Conducting online research and development of materials on policy compliance
- Writing policy updates and articles based on research and supporting awareness campaigns
- Researching policy information and developing national policy profiles on standards and labels programs
Qualifications and Competencies
- Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative, public policy, or related field; may be either in progress, or completed within the past 6 months
- Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods
- Highly motivated self-starter
- Excellent communication skills and proven ability to write clearly and concisely
- Ability to synthesize data and analysis to inform strategy and recommendations.
- Basic experience with Excel is preferred.
- Familiarity with content management systems, e.g. Drupal is preferred.
- Professional demeanor, including ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment
- Knowledge of energy efficiency policy, the Minamata Convention, and/or the Montreal Protocol highly desirable
- Prior market and environmental policy research and analysis highly desirable
Compensation and Location
- The internship will be paid at a rate of $22 per hour, before taxes. Class credit may be available and will be provided in accordance with your university’s policy. Due to COVID-19, the CLASP team is currently working from home and this position will also be remote for the time being.