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2819 Clean Energy Intern - Durham, NC

The Organization:

Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at, and

Internship Program: 
Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s). Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole. Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description: 
The Clean Energy Intern will help grow Self-Help’s capacity in the Clean Energy Sector through 1) assisting development of renewable energy projects benefitting low income communities in Chicago and North Carolina and 2) conducting research on barriers faced by entrepreneurs of color in the renewable energy & energy efficiency markets.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serve as an integral member of the development teams for Community Solar and Solar + Energy Storage projects, assisting in 1) project management, 2) establishing and tracking metrics for performance and community outcomes and 3) evaluating opportunities for future lending, integrating Self-Help’s previous energy lending experience, regulatory framework and lending procedures.
  • Conduct primary and secondary research on the barriers entrepreneurs of color face in creating successful ventures in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. Research will both build upon established Self-Help networks and employ new outreach, informing Self-Help’s approach to better connect and serve minority led clean energy developers and businesses.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Strong quantitative, communication and project management skills
  • Working knowledge of financial modeling and business financial analysis
  • Working knowledge of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies
  • Motivated to serve the needs of low-wealth communities and individuals underrepresented in clean energy including people of color and women.
  • Desire to work collaboratively in a racially and socially diverse organization

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to learn and apply new skills quickly
  • Ability to independently set and manage priorities and work flow
  • Experience engaging internal and external stakeholders

Physical Requirements: 
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.

Compensation: TBD


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to  with the internship title as the subject by February 25, 2019.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.