Our Internships

We welcome 20 to 40 interns every summer into our three-month internship program. It is a highly competitive and rewarding experience in which you are fully integrated into an existing project team where your opinions are valued.

You work a 40-hour week so really get a chance to test drive a career in the space. You have your own scope of work and a dedicated mentor who guides you as you get to apply your education to the workplace. You attend a workshop on presentation skills and deliver a presentation on your summer’s work to the company at the close of the program.

As a rapidly growing organization, we aim to offer continued employment to successful interns as available. (We hired over 50 percent of our interns in 2020!)

What Our Interns Gain

  • The opportunity to develop specific skills and knowledge related to a career in clean energy 
  • Valuable industry experience and the cultivation of professional contacts
  • Work experience with a well-respected organization in the sustainable energy space
  • A chance to "test drive" a career at RMI and hone practical skills including:
    • - Conducting external stakeholder interviews
    • - Working in cross-functional teams
    • - Effective communication and storytelling
    • - Project and time management
    • - Creative approaches to problem solving and analysis
    • - Independently driving and owning a work stream
    • - Presentation skills
    • - Exposure to a wide range of topics and stakeholders in the industry

Hiring Process


Early November–mid-January:
Internship postings are live and we are accepting applications

Interviews are conducted

Offers are extended

Most positions filled


Interns will either be asked to work in the same office as their immediate supervisor if conditions are agreed to be safe by all parties or the internship will otherwise be offered remotely—details to be determined as more is known about the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Office locations:
  • New York City
  • Oakland, CA
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City
  • Boulder or Basalt, Colorado
  • Beijing, China
Minimum Qualifications

While we do have students from undergraduate programs as interns, those pursuing or completing (within three months of the internship start date) a graduate degree in a related field typically comprise a larger percentage of our interns.

You should have basic knowledge of one or more of the teams’ focus areas—energy efficiency, renewable energy, demand-side management, building science and energy modeling, climate finance, rural electrification, efficient and electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and transportation logistics.

Where applicable, you should be comfortable working with, or reporting on, numerical analysis and spreadsheet modeling, research, and reporting.

Evidence of good writing, communication, and presentation skills.

Degrees and Majors

The most common majors and disciplines from which we hire are:

Engineering: Energy, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical
Science: Physical and Social Sciences
Business: Marketing, Finance, International
Other: Economics, Policy, Government Affairs, Law, Computer Science, Architecture

Compensation & Perks

Each intern will be provided an hourly rate of $20.00 per hour (or equal to, dependent on academic funding participation). Paid company holidays. Flexible work hours. Casual work environment. Remote work option.

Akshay Krishnan
“To just say that I had a great internship at RMI would be an understatement. It provided me with a great avenue to not only follow my passion for solar development, but to look at the clean energy sector from an equity and energy justice lens. My experience over the summer was nothing short of perfect.”
— Akshay Krishnan, Summer Intern

Intern hike