The Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) seeks to hire research assistants and student assistants to support the Center’s research, educational and entrepreneurial programming.

Students will provide between 5 to 10 hours per week during the 2018-19 academic year to support the various programs and initiatives offered by CBEY. These positions are open to Yale undergraduate and graduate students only.

While our recruitment cycle has ended, there are still a few opportunities for students to work at CBEY. Read about each opportunity and reach out to the contact name provided to learn more.

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Clean Energy Finance Forum – Writer

Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) is a digital news publication that is produced twice a month, is read by 7,000 subscribers, and is the top-ranked English-language news source for professionals in

Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) is a digital news publication that is produced twice a month, is read by 7,000 subscribers, and is the top-ranked English-language news source for professionals interested in learning more about energy efficiency and solar finance.

The main objectives of the publication are the following:

  • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in energy efficiency and solar finance
  • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
  • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the clean energy economy
  • Train graduate students to become experts in energy efficiency finance and solar finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience

Yale students write for CEFF on a wide range of topics from distributed generation to property-assessed clean energy. We focus on news and interviews rather than opinion pieces. Students typically contribute one or two articles per semester, with the opportunity to write more if they are able. Some students also have key roles on our team involving project management, board recruitment, marketing and social media.

The student writing team researches material for the newsletter, works with the editor to develop original content for the publication, attends conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, creates profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and identify new trends and activities in energy efficiency and solar finance. 

Benefits of participating in the CEFF writing team can include:

  • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
  • Establishing professional expertise
  • Learning about clean energy finance
  • Exploring potential research topics
  • Networking and meeting potential employers

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu.

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Conservation Finance Network – Writer

CBEY is a key partner of the Conservation Finance Network (CFN), and is actively enhancing and expanding the online presence of CFN through building a robust website and insightful original content.

CBEY is a key partner of the Conservation Finance Network (CFN), and is actively enhancing and expanding the online presence of CFN through building a robust website and insightful original content. Redesigned and invigorated in January 2016, the CFN website is the place to go for cutting-edge content on new for-profit models of investment in conservation, along with blended models that combine more traditional public or charitable sources with for-profit investment.

The main objectives of the publication are the following:

  • Inform finance professionals in the public and private sectors on the most important developments and news in conservation finance
  • Provide journalists with an in-depth source of the most relevant issues to cover in the popular press and trade publications
  • Accelerate the adoption of new or existing financial products developed to spur investment in the conservation economy
  • Train graduate students to become experts in conservation finance and offer them a professional opportunity to learn how to communicate the nuances of environmental finance to a large and diverse audience

The student writing team will research material for the newsletter, work with the writer/editor to develop original content for the publication, attend conferences to make industry contacts and report on new developments, create profiles of featured thought leaders in the field and identify new trends and activities in conservation finance. 

Benefits of participating in the CFN writing team include:

  • Improving your online visibility and Google searchability
  • Establishing professional expertise
  • Learning about conservation finance
  • Exploring potential research topics
  • Networking and meeting potential employers

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to Heather.Fitzgerald@yale.edu.

 

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Financing and Deploying Clean Energy – Expert Coordinators and Content Developers

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment is developing online tools to train professionals in clean energy, and accelerate the deployment and financing of clean energy.

(5 to 6 positions)

The Yale Center for Business and the Environment is developing online tools to train professionals in clean energy, and accelerate the deployment and financing of clean energy.

(5 to 6 positions)

Led by clean energy finance expert Daniel Gross, CBEY will launch an online certificate on deploying and financing clean energy in June of 2019. This program will train current leaders and decision makers and develop skills in four key areas of the clean energy sector:

  • Policy and economics;
  • Structured finance and project financing;
  • Energy systems analysis and technology; and
  • Innovative models for the clean energy transition.

The student team will support all aspects of the design, development, delivery, and marketing of the certificate. Students will collaborate with faculty members and external partners to create content and develop partnerships and networks.

They will translate cutting-edge research and existing on-campus courses into online training modules, and become the resident experts on their assigned knowledge areas to design a well-rounded curriculum for the certificate.

Students will research course topics and determine where skills gaps exist in the clean energy sector, identify and prioritize the best existing resources (e.g., articles, PowerPoints, animations, simulations, videos, models, or maps), review existing course content and materials and prior research, coordinate with other team members, learn the basics of web-authoring and develop content in Canvas and/or Drupal, develop excel models for financial or energy analysis using industry best practices, and identify relevant experts and guest speakers.

The student team will interact with and seek expert advice from SOM and FES faculty (Dan Gross, Dan Esty, Edgar Hertwich, Richard Kauffman and others), staff, alums, SIGs, and industry groups. They will develop and nurture a network of supporters to engage with CBEY both online and on-campus, using existing resources like the Clean Energy Finance Forum, where relevant. Existing industry supporters include solar developers, utilities, public agencies, quasi-public organizations focused on clean energy finance, nonprofit organizations, and others.  

Research assistants will be given an opportunity to act as teaching fellows when online classes start, throughout the 2019/2020 academic year, although participation as a TF is not a requirement to apply for this position.

Students will take an active role in the marketing activities of the certificate by CBEY, FES, and SOM, including research on pricing, promotion, placement, and other differentiating factors that impact CBEY’s and Yale’s strategy, and engage in various promotional activities including the development of collaterals, and communication through digital, print, and social media.

Students will write and publish material with CBEY-affiliated publications, the Clean Energy Finance Forum, and the Conservation Finance Network.

As the format of this program will be analyzed and used as a model for additional graduate certificate programs at Yale, students will assist the program director in designing metrics and collecting data.

The student team will participate in defining CBEY’s strategy as it relates to clean energy finance and deployment, and offer recommendations on the direction of online education at CBEY to the CBEY team.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to vero.bourg-meyer@yale.edu

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