NREL Legal and Regulatory Analysis Intern (Summer) in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Legal and Regulatory Analysis Intern (Summer)



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The intern will work with staff in the Markets and Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center to create high quality, instructional, and detail-oriented flowcharts and supporting text explaining the regulatory process as well as provide research support for publications.

Typical tasks may include:

  • Research regulations (both statutory and administrative) related to hydropower and transmission permitting.

  • Develop detailed flow charts, supporting textual documents, and regulatory process timelines for developers.

-- Assist in writing publication quality reports analyzing hydropower regulatory issues.

  • Consult with and interview state and federal regulatory agency personnel.

Desired Requirements:

  • Legal background/study.

  • Familiarity with laws and regulations applicable to energy and environmental permitting and regulatory approvals.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

•Coursework in administrative law, environmental and natural resource law, water law, and energy law

•Familiarity with laws and regulations applicable to hydropower permitting and regulatory approvals.

•Demonstrated success synthesizing data from complex legal issues into simplified language

•Familiarity with the detail oriented nature of work involved with combing through regulations and how those regulations work together


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