Job Type: Contract
Location: Washington, District Of Columbia

CLASP serves as the leading international voice and resource for appliance energy efficiency policies and market acceleration initiatives. From advancing off-grid solar technologies, bringing power to energy-impoverished people, to cutting the catastrophic climate impacts of air conditioning, CLASP programs increase uptake of affordable, low-impact, high-quality appliances. We’re mission-driven, impact-focused, and committed to a culture of diversity, transparency, and collaboration. Learn more here.

Position Summary

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:

Market and Policy Research

  • Identify legal and regulatory frameworks in place to regulate the efficiency of room air conditioners, lighting and other major appliances in select countries
  • Develop surveys and interviews with institutions and agencies responsible for development, implementation and enforcement of energy efficiency policies for appliances in various economies
  • Map institutions and other regulations and actions that may affect the availability of high-efficiency products used in select economies
  • Investigate supporting policies or programs, such as voluntary programs, replacement programs, and green procurement that promote demand of high-efficiency appliances
  • Analyze data collected from customers and other sources on the socioeconomic impacts of appliances used in off-grid markets
  • Map import tariffs / VAT requirements for off-grid technologies in priority countries and write a case study on the implementation of successful tariff exemption programs

Global Standards & Labeling (S&L) Database

  • Support  efforts to update, increase coverage, and supplement the database
  • Conduct research and update S&L policies in selected economies
  • Document the most recent standards and labels used in each economy for each product

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
  • Professional demeanor, including ability to comport in a diverse, international work environment
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency policy and Montreal Protocol highly desirable
  • Prior market and environmental policy research and analysis highly desirable


Compensation will be provided at a competitive, hourly rate. Class credit may be available and will be provided in accordance with your university’s policy.

To Apply

Internships are typically 10-week engagements; start and end dates can accommodate academic schedules. Therefore, applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. In your cover letter, please indicate your availability (hours/week) and timeframe (e.g. January-April).

CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must click "Apply for this Job" to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to info@cearecruiting.com.

CLASP is an equal opportunity employer.

CEA Recruiting works with leading environmental nonprofits, foundations, and businesses to recruit top talent and design effective organizational staffing strategies. For more information, visit www.cearecruiting.com.

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