Transportation Electrification Intern


Internship Summary

Western Resource Advocates (WRA) is seeking an inquisitive and self-reliant research intern to join our Transportation Electrification team this summer. The Transportation Electrification Intern will help the transportation electrification team by participating in a number of important stakeholder processes, tracking the progress of several state agencies in developing policies to address climate change and air quality, and engaging with partners and state agencies on WRA’s behalf. The internship may include the requirement to attend in-person stakeholder meetings where the intern will take notes and participate in the meeting on WRA’s behalf. Ultimately, this intern will help WRA to track a number of key policy priorities and ensure that our states are providing intelligently designed, equitable policies which will increase access to transportation electrification in our region. The Transportation Electrification intern will report to the Transportation Electrification Manager, and will work closely with our Transportation Electrification Policy Analyst.

About Western Resource Advocates

WRA fights climate change and its impacts to sustain the environment, economy, and people of the West. We respect the different needs of diverse people and partner with them to develop a shared vision for progress—one that advances communities while protecting biodiversity.

Our team of policy experts, scientists, economists, and attorneys has a 30-year history of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decisionmakers accountable. This on the ground work with policymakers and other advocates advances clean energy, protects air, land, water, and wildlife—and sustains the lives and livelihoods of the West.


WRA’s region includes Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming. This intern has the option work remotely from our region, or in one of our six offices. WRA has offices in Boulder and Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Santa Fe, NM; Phoenix, AZ; and Carson City, NV.

Responsibilities and Activities

  • Conduct research on states around the country to evaluate best practices in state-level electric vehicle policies and programs.
  • Track the progress of various state agencies in WRA’s region towards developing new transportation electrification policies and programs.
  • Write summaries and/or reports for WRA staff on various state agencies progress towards developing and implementing transportation electrification policies and programs.
  • Participate at in-person stakeholder meetings to take notes and advocate for WRA’s positions, in coordination with the transportation electrification team.
  • Interact with policy makers, researchers, and other stakeholders on the development of transportation electrification policies and programs.

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent editing and document formatting skills.
  • Administrative office experience.
  • Exceptional time management.
  • Thorough and detail oriented.
  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage a deadline-driven docket of regulatory litigation and other programmatic work.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with computers and office equipment, including strong competency with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Commitment to WRA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion goals.

Physical Requirements

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Some small amount of travel may be required within WRA seven-state region to attend retreats and other events.


Interns are paid at $17.29 per hour. This is a full-time internship with an expectation to work up to 40 hours a week. WRA regularly works with students to help them obtain school credit for their internships. Since this is a temporary internship position, interns are not eligible for any benefits, including, but not limited to: vacation and sick leave; health, vision, and dental insurance; life, short-, and long-term disability insurance; and the 401(k) retirement plan. WRA is happy to loan interns a laptop for the duration of their internship.


The internship will take place during the summer of 2023. While the specific dates of this internship are flexible, the start date will be around late May or June, and run for approximately 10 weeks.

Deadline To Apply: Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Diversity and inclusion are a critical component of our business strategy, mission and vision. We welcome candidates from an array of backgrounds and experiences to join our team. Learn more about our commitment here.

Western Resource Advocates is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or veteran status.

Apply To Be WRA’s Transportation Electrification Intern!

Thank you for your interest in the Transportation Electrification Internship with Western Resource Advocates. Complete the two forms below to apply for the position. You will need to upload the following in PDF format:

Cover letter describing your relevant qualifications and the reason for your interest in WRA and this position; and Resume.

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