August 7, 2023

We're hiring: Fall Energy Policy Fellow

Clean Virginia is an independent and bipartisan advocacy organization with an associated Political Action Committee that wants Virginians to pay fair prices for clean, renewable energy and believes that a more ethical and transparent state government is key to achieving that goal. The Clean Virginia team is motivated by a vision of Virginia in which power is distributed more equitably so that all Virginians benefit from a government and energy system that prioritizes people and the planet over corporate monopoly profit.

Clean Virginia works towards this vision in three ways: 

  1. Work with a broad movement to engage the public about the harmful impacts of corruption in Virginia and organize communities to promote good governance and energy reform. 
  2. Engage in innovative research to advance the next generation of energy policy in Virginia. 
  3. Support Delegates, State Senators, and candidates for Virginia’s General Assembly and Executive Branch who share a principled stance of refusing contributions from publicly regulated utility monopolies through Clean Virginia Fund, Clean Virginia’s Political Action Committee. More about us.

About Us: We are a small team of dedicated people headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia. We are a highly collaborative staff, and we lean on the collective experience, knowledge, and skills of our team and cultivate interpersonal trust and open communication. Clean Virginia believes a staff that reflects the Commonwealth’s diversity is central to our organizational goals of advancing clean governance and an equitable clean energy transition in Virginia. We are committed to 1) building an inclusive team at Clean Virginia in which diversity is deeply appreciated for its ability to strengthen teams, 2) fostering a welcoming work environment in which everyone feels safe, respected, and valued, and 3) offering equitable employment policies and benefits. 

Job Description 

Energy Policy Fellowship (Fall) 

The Energy Policy Fellow will support the organization’s strategic goals and work with the Energy Policy Manager conducting detailed research on various topics, including energy efficiency, utility rate design, and state energy planning.

This position reports directly to Clean Virginia’s Energy Policy Manager and will work closely with Clean Virginia’s Communications and Advocacy Team. The Energy Policy Fellow will work full-time for 12 weeks from September to November or part-time for 6 months from September to February 2024, depending on availability. The fellow can be based anywhere in Virginia and may work remotely, but availability for semi-regular in-person meetings in Charlottesville is required. Compensation is $19 an hour with 90% of monthly health insurance coverage (only available for full-time), $75 monthly personal device reimbursement, paid Virginia state holidays, and workers compensation.

Duties and responsibilities 

  • Support and conduct independent energy and utility policy research.
  • Write memos, issue briefs,  and short reports for multiple audiences, including Clean Virginia colleagues and partner organizations.
  • Help track electric and gas utility regulatory proceedings with the State Corporation Commission and other regulatory agencies. 
  • Ensure Clean Virginia’s values of equity, diversity, and inclusion are centered in our research, policy proposals, and related content.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program of a relevant discipline; current enrollment in the last year of an undergraduate program or current enrollment in a master’s degree program of a relevant discipline (e.g., environmental science, political science, public policy, economics, etc.). 
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take ownership of projects and assignments.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail.
  • Interest in energy policy or regulation of utility monopolies.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject “Energy Policy Fellowship 2023”. We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Clean Virginia is committed to a just, representative, and inclusive working environment and encourages people of color, women, persons with disabilities, and persons who are LGBTQ to apply.


  • Compensation is $19 an hour
  • 90% of monthly health insurance coverage (only available for full-time)
  • $75 monthly personal device reimbursement
  • Paid Virginia state holidays