Energy and Environmental Policy Internship - Summer Term
American Action Forum - Washington, DC

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Job Description As an intern in the energy and environmental policy issue area, you will report directly to Catrina Rorke, the Director of Energy and Environmental 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 administrations actions related to energy policy and supports the energy/environment work of the Director of Regulatory Policy, Sam Batkins. She is still defining the voice for the Forum in the energy space, and will continue to focus on the big obstacles to a successful, forward looking domestic energy policy.

This is a relatively new policy area for 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.
  • 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 write a paper on a topic of their choice to be completed by the end of the semester. Issue area directors will assist the interns with their research and writing. 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 the politics and policies of center-right conservatives
  • Self-starting attitude
  • Quantitative skills are desired but not required

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