Vermont Clean Cities Coalition

Clean Cities Intern | Fall

Hours Per Week: 15-20

Position Starts: September 8, 2020

End Date: December 21, 2020

Pay: $12.00/hr

Location: Burlington, VT. Remote work will be considered

Main Focus of Internship:


Position Description:

The VTCCC Clean Cities Intern works with VTCCC’s Coordinator in UVM’s Transportation Research Center to accomplish the goals of the coalition. The Intern helps plan and conduct local events, plan and conduct social media campaigns, and assists with projects to reduce petroleum usage across Vermont.

The VTCCC Fall 2020 Intern work plan includes a focus on developing education and outreach strategies for a variety of Coalition activities. The following are the deliverables they would complete over their internship:

  1. Update VTCCC’s database of stakeholder contacts.
  2. Assist with Clean Cities outreach events, including a virtual site visits and demonstration events Assist with promotion and deployment of alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) and advanced technology vehicles (ATVs) on college and school campuses.
  3.  Assist with planning a Clean Cities stakeholder meeting.
  4. Provide research support with Department of Energy calculators for an electric lawn equipment pilot at UVM.
  5. Provide ideas for and assist in promoting local idle reduction campaigns.
  6. Enhance the VTCCC social media efforts and website in a variety of the coalition’s outreach efforts including but not limited to: social media and website improvements; monthly newsletter production; assisting in general fleet manager’s outreach.

Through specific projects, the intern will:

  • Motivate coalition stakeholders to attend regular meetings, as well as participate in projects;
  • Represent the Coalition, and communicate effectively in a variety of public and private forums, including meetings, events, and electronically;
  • Assist in educating the public to promote fuel efficiency practices and influence current driver trends;
  • Assist with educating stakeholders through e-newsletters and electronic messaging about related legislation and regulations, new technologies, etc.;
  • Assist with generating positive, frequent media coverage;
  • Maintain the Coalition stakeholder email distribution lists.

Required Qualifications:

This position requires a basic understanding of the National Clean Cities Initiative as sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the development of a basic understanding of legislation, such as the Clean Air Act and the Energy Policy Act, which affect VTCCC’s efforts and allow the coalition to operate.

The Intern will be an excellent communicator, motivated, creative, organized, and have a general understanding of alternative fuels and advanced vehicles (e.g., hybrid electric vehicles, AFVs, idle reduction, etc.). Candidates will also have experience with the following:

  • Planning, organizing, and managing multiple priorities (e.g. work, homework, and/or extra-curricular activities);
  • Working with a minimal amount of supervision (e.g. reliable – can get things done and asks questions/communicates effectively with colleagues);
  • Knowledge of environmental/ecological principles (e.g. cares about a healthy planet!);
  • Research, evaluation and analytic skills (e.g. research papers, science projects, etc.);
  • Ability to prepare and present technical materials to a wide variety of audiences (e.g. good at explaining things to others who may not be familiar with the topic(s) at hand);
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases and website development.

Desired Skills, Attributes, and Knowledge:

The Intern will be involved in data collection, reporting, marketing, public relations, and event planning. They should have strong verbal and written communication skills, good interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and good organizational skills.

Educational/Professional Development Outcomes:

While the intern assists with a variety of tasks, the coalition aims to give each intern a specific project that they are encouraged to take lead on, allowing them to challenge themselves and gain leadership skills. Our interns have been very successful in completing projects that are regularly utilized by the coalition and its stakeholders.

Work Environment/Culture:

  • Collaborative work
  • Opportunity for all workers to contribute ideas
  • Sense of community
  • Independent/autonomous work
  • Focus on social responsibility in the work/workplace
  • Access to managers who can act as mentors
  • Respect based upon accomplishments, not seniority
  • Diversity valued, welcomed and encouraged
  • Casual Dress

Student interns at VTCCC have found it to be a rewarding and exciting opportunity that allows them to get hands-on experience with research and outreach while learning about the tools and systems in place to reduce petroleum consumption. Their placement at the Transportation Research Center allows them to interact with graduate research students, staff researchers and faculty looking at a wide range of transportation issues.

Application Information:

Your application will consist of a resume and completion of an online application. Please direct your cover letter to Peggy O’Neill-Vivanco, Vermont Clean Cities Coordinator, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, University of Vermont – Mansfield House, 25 Colchester Ave, Burlington, VT 05405. Click on the”Apply” button on this page to complete an application and upload your resume. Position is available until filled.