Energy Policy Internship - Spring 2014 Term
American Action Forum - Washington, DC

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Job Description As an intern in the energy policy issue area, you will report directly to Catrina Rorke, the Director of Energy Policy at the American Action Forum. She previously served as Legislative Director at Lighthouse Consulting Group, a government and public affairs firm. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Catrina worked for former Rep. Bob Inglis as his advisor on energy and environment issues. Rorke focuses her research on all aspects of domestic energy and environment policy, with special attention paid to fuel access, generation capacity, and emissions policy.

Rorke blogs regularly on the administration’s actions related to energy policy and works closely on energy/environment with Director of Regulatory Policy, Sam Batkins. Her work reflects current challenges unique to the energy space, and dedicates considerable time to hot button issues, including “fracking,” the Keystone XL pipeline, and energy-related land use. Among her on-going projects is a series of energy maps, updated with the most current government data on energy production and use across all 50 states this century.

This is an ever-evolving policy area at the Forum. As such, you will work with Ms. Rorke to craft projects that will give the Forum the most cogent voice in the energy/environment policy space. Potential projects include:
  • Working with regulatory staff to determine which of the current wave environmental regulations are compulsory based on regulation, which are required because of litigation, and which are authored and put forth ahead of schedule.
  • Determining the value added of various energy subsidies.
  • Compiling data on successfully permitted energy projects.
  • Tracking federal energy statistics reporting.
  • Critiquing the administration’s regulatory strategy.
  • Compiling issue briefs on complex areas of energy/environment policy.


As part of the internship, your responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
  • Research assistance: Interns will provide research assistance and data collection for their issue area director when in the office
  • Event attendance: Interns will attend Capitol Hill hearings, private speaker events, and events held by other DC think tanks to analyze and report on the information presented
  • Forum event support : Interns will help promote, run, and evaluate all Forum events
  • Semester project : Interns will become experts on a topic of their choice as reflected in a project to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing. Though research papers are the most popular approach, alternative semester projects will be considered, should you be interested.

Hours and Compensation
  • Interns must be available for 20 to 32 hours per week
  • Interns will be provided an hourly wage to cover transportation and living expenses
  • Interns will be responsible for bringing their own computer/equipment

Qualifications Requirements
  • Excellent writing ability and communication skills
  • An interest in understanding energy and environment policy and politics
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Familiarity with data analysis in excel
  • Background in political science, natural sciences, writing, or philosophy desired

Additional Information Please include in your application a preferred start date, resume, cover letter, and writing sample of less than 1,500 words.

Documents must be submitted as a PDF file with the following file name:

Resume : LastName_Resume_Energy

Cover Letter : LastName_CL_Energy

Writing Sample : LastName_WS_Energy

(Example: Jane Doe’s Resume – Doe_Resume_Energy)