Terms of Reference: Energy Access Intern
EarthSpark International, a US-based non-profit with the mission to eradicate energy poverty, is seeking a practical, motivated, action-oriented volunteer who is ready to dive into a rewarding internship in its Washington, DC office. EarthSpark has been working on energy access in Haiti since 2009, selling over 18,000 solar lights and efficient cookstoves through local spin-off Enèji Pwòp as well as building Haiti’s first pre-pay, town-sized solar smart grid serving 450 homes and businesses in rural Haiti. EarthSpark and Enèji Pwòp are committed to building a further 79 grids in Haiti by the end of 2022, impacting over 200,000 people. EarthSpark is now focusing on grant fundraising for the next 3 grids, at which point it will have de-risked the operational processes in order to have an investable plan for scaling up to 80 grids.
EarthSpark International, located in Downtown DC, is currently acceptin applications for an unpaid internship during Summer 2018. The internship would be 2-3 days a week for 3 months, and the start date is flexible for the right candidate. The Energy Access Intern will be offering essential support to a small, high impact team in the energy access sector. He/she will report directly to the EarthSpark Executive Team. Additionally, the role will interface with a variety of partners, including EarthSpark staff and volunteers and SparkMeter staff. The individual will need to feel comfortable taking on multiple roles and workign independently.
Duties and Responsibilities
An ideal intern will
- Assist with graphic design and communications task;
- Assist with fundraising duties;
- Assist with general administration tasks;
- Pop popcorn (for research purposes, we promise!)
Any and all other duties as required
Skills and Qualifications
- Excellent writing and speaking skills in English
- Proficiency in French or Haitian Creole an advantage
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel, proficiency in Adobe Suite an advantage
- Ability to work with others
- Excellent organization, great attention to detail, and ability to self-motivate
- Dedication to improving rural access to clean energy
- Exceptional communication, writing and analytical skills
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject matter
Applicable work or internship experience
Experience living in a developing country a strong advantage
How to Apply
Please fill in this application form, then send a CV, cover letter outlining your relevant skills and experience, and two writing samples no longer than three pages, with the subject line: “Energy Access Intern” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Writing samples in French or Haitian Creole are also encouraged, but not required.