Job Type: Fellow/Intern
Location: Washington, Dc, CA

Host Organization

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.


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. Representative projects include:

Market and Policy Research - Refrigerants

The Summer Fellow will support the team working on a major initiative to transform global markets for more efficient air conditioners that use climate friendly refrigerants. This program will support countries in the implementation of actions to reduce HFCs in air conditioners, as part of the upcoming Amendment to the Montreal Protocol to Phase Down HFCs.

The Summer Fellow will support the Program Manager in conducting desk research to:

  • Identify legal and regulatory frameworks in place to regulate the efficiency of room air conditioners and the use of refrigerants in select countries
  • Develop surveys and interviews with institutions and agencies responsible for development, implementation and enforcement of energy efficiency policies for air conditioners in various economies
  • Map institutions and other regulations and actions that may affect the type of refrigerants used in selected economies
  • Investigate supporting policies or programs, such as voluntary programs, replacement programs, and green procurement that promote demand of high-efficiency air conditioners

Global Standards & Labeling (S&L) Database

CLASP hosts and maintains an online resource, the Global Standards & Labeling (S&L) Database, which allows appliance energy efficiency practitioners to obtain specific information on the energy performance standards and labeling policies in place or under development for a range of products across a range of countries. The Summer Fellow will support CLASP’s efforts to update, increase coverage, and supplement the database and will conduct research and update S&L policies in selected economies and document the most recent standards and labels used in each economy for each product.

Qualifications and Competencies

  • Current or recent graduate student studying engineering, business, sustainability, environmental management, public policy or relevant degree
  • 2-3 years relevant professional experience
  • Knowledge of and experience with qualitative research methods
  • Highly motivated self-starter; project management experience preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; 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 and ability to interact comfortably with organizational partners and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of energy efficiency policy and Montreal Protocol highly desirable
  • Prior market and environmental policy research and analysis highly desirable
  • Eligibility to work in the United States during the summer of 2019

To Apply

CEA Recruiting is assisting CLASP with these placements. To be considered, interested candidates should click "Apply to this Job" to submit a resume and cover letter. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting (info@cearecruiting.com).

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