Our Internships

Transform your career with RMI.

Our interns arrive as students and leave as early career professionals ready to impact the world! Whether it’s through improving food security in vulnerable regions, brainstorming new ways to increase energy equity for low-income households, or using your creative talent to design inclusive social media templates — mold and shape your career with us.

We welcome about 50-60 interns every summer into our three-month internship program, and you could be a part of it! This rewarding experience will fully integrate you into an existing or new project where your ideas, opinions, and assistance are valued.

Your 40-hour work week will really give you a chance to test drive a career in the global energy space. You’ll have your own scope of work with a dedicated team and mentor buddy who will guide you as you apply your knowledge and skills to RMI’s mission. Toward the end of the internship, you will have the opportunity to deliver a presentation on the work and learning you gained from your experience with us.

We are longer accepting applications for our Summer 2024 Internship Program. Please check back with us this fall for 2025 intern opportunities.

What Our Interns Gain

Personalized Training & Mentorship
  • In collaboration with your manager, you both will follow a 10-week Early Career Readiness Plan that will highlight your career-related goals and outcomes.
  • You will be paired with an Intern Buddy throughout the duration of the internship. This RMIer will be your go-to person for any guidance you may need, such as how to have tough conversations, learning more about RMI, or how to prepare for upcoming meetings.
Professional Development
  • You will work on projects that develop industry-specific skills and knowledge related to your career of choice.
  • You are required to deliver a presentation for the organization of your summer’s work which will enhance your verbal communication and presenting skills.

Hiring Process

About You

We are sure you are wondering, “what majors do we accept?”, “what kind of experience or skills do I need?” – well, guess no more!

Typically, we accept applications from all student classifications, however we do have a strong preference for juniors, seniors, master-level graduate students and recent graduates because of the nature of the projects in which you will participate.

For those interested in our STEM-based internships:

  • You should have basic knowledge of one or more of RMI’s focus areas including but not limited to: energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate equity, etc. Read more about our programs and their work here:

For those interested in our operations-based internships:

  • You should have a basic knowledge of and/or interest in that line of work which includes: project and operations management, accounting, human resources, marketing and communications, technology or legal operations.

Regarding which degrees and majors, we are very open to considering most majors! Why? Because we realized that the experience and skills you have may not always align with your major or degree. We typically look for applicants that are well-rounded in both technical and interpersonal skills like these below:

  • Basic quantitative analysis; financial modeling; design software; project management
  • Comfortable with verbal and written communication; working with various systems.
  • Some experience with both independent and group work.

September – Early November: Internship postings are live, and we are accepting applications.

December – January: Resume reviews have started.

February: Interviews are conducted.

March/April: Official offers are sent, and most positions are filled.

Tuesday, May 21 or June 4: Internship start dates


Internships are available in a fully remote and/or hybrid environment. While we do have the following office locations listed below, you are not required to relocate. If you decide to relocate near an office, we do not provide relocation assistance.

Office locations:

  • New York City
  • Oakland, CA
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boulder or Basalt, Colorado
  • Beijing, China
Compensation & Perks
  • Hourly rate of $20.00 per hour.
  • Paid company holidays such as Days of Gratitude (mental health days).
  • Flexible work hours.
  • Casual work environment.
  • Fully remote work option.
Anna Goldman
"One of my favorite parts of interning at RMI is how passionate everyone is about the work they do. I love getting to know people from different teams because everyone is so enthusiastic about their projects and it's fun to hear about the broad array of initiatives going on at RMI."
— Anna Goldman
Karina Abou Chakra
"It has been refreshing to be part of a well-organized internship program that taps into my appreciation for innovation, collaboration, and growth. Everyone I have met is open to sharing their work in a thoughtful way that supports my ever-growing curiosity and supports my career development."
— Karina Abou-Chakra, 2023