NRECA Careers

Distributed Energy Resources Intern

Arlington, VA

Job Description

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), with offices in Arlington, VA and Lincoln, NE is the trade association for over 900 consumer-owned electric cooperatives serving more than 42 million people. NRECA is committed to harnessing the strength of America’s electric cooperatives into a single powerful voice. NRECA has won the following awards over the past few years:

  • Top Workplace by the Washington Post 
  • 100 Best Places to Work - ComputerWorld Magazine
  • 50 Best Places to Work - The Washingtonian
  • CARE Award Recipient - Recognizing organizations that promote a positive work-life balance
  • 50 Greatest places to Work - AARP
  • Best Place to Work Award Recipient - Lincoln, NE
  • Gold Well Workplace - Wellness Councils of America
  • State of NE Governor's Wellness Award - Grower Level

At NRECA, we work with people who are leaders in their fields. They are down-to-earth, hardworking professionals committed to helping our members serve their communities. Our work is interesting, constantly evolving, and requires new skills to meet the evolving needs of a dynamic industry. In this collegial, inclusive work environment, united around the compelling purpose and history of electric cooperatives, we thrive. And topping it off, NRECA cares about each person’s overall well-being, encouraging health, financial security, and a sustainable work/life balance. EEO/AA- M/F/Disability/Protected Veteran Status/Genetic Data


Distributed Energy Resources Intern

Note: This is an intern position. You must be a rising college junior or senior with a 3.0 GPA.


BTS is leading a pilot project with various electric cooperatives to test the feasibility of battery energy storage. The purpose of the internship would be to provide support to the project in the form of technical research, economic analysis, and engagement with co-ops.


The signature product of the Distributed Energy Resources Intern will be to develop a project plan for energy storage pilot program including outline of use cases, value to cooperatives, deliverables, milestones, project timeline and risks. The Distributed Energy Resources Intern in NRECA’s Business and Technology Strategies department will develop various materials to help co-ops deploy energy storage projects to meet their specific needs. Business model templates, technology due diligence, and decision frameworks for co-op Board of Directors, executive management, and staff will be completed. The intern will assist in the development of these materials 

NRECA Business and Technology Strategies interns receive wide-ranging industry and technical briefings, and assignments that build business and technical skills. NRECA provides interns with extensive background about the network of U.S. electric cooperatives and the not-for-profit cooperative business model. 


Purpose and Mission
• Provide use case applications and of battery energy storage
• Develop project plan for energy storage pilot program including approach, value to cooperatives, deliverables, project timeline and risks
• Interview co-ops who have already deployed storage projects
• Create roadmap for successful energy storage pilot
• Research vendors and present comparable template of information on offerings and movement in the market.
• Develop slides on energy storage applications and trends, and value proposition for electric cooperatives.

Requirements and Qualifications

Business, economics, engineering or other technical degree program

• Working towards a degree in engineering, business administration, economics, or other technical field preferred
• Interest in learning the basics of the electric utility system and the application of new technology within a utility setting.
• Ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing, with internal NRECA staff as well as electric co-op employees
• Ability to effectively interact with others in a team environment
• Ability to use Microsoft Office tools (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

This is an intern position.
3.0 or above GPA required and Must be a rising junior or senior
Dates: May 22nd through August 11th
Wages: $18.50 per hour