Professors in your network that own properties/operate sustainability programming who would be interested in taking on interns in Winter 2021 and have
them fill out this brief survey.
The NYC Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is gearing up for its Winter 2021 cohort of the NYC Accelerator internship program which is a partnership with
the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development and CUNY Institute for Urban Systems Building Performance Lab (BPL). This 15-week paid internship
program is designed to train advanced undergraduate and graduate STEM students and match them with companies committed to
sustainability. Through this program, companies can employ STEM interns with specialized training that will advance the organization’s carbon reduction
We are writing to you because we are trying to diversify our pool of employers in the building energy efficiency space to increase intern
placements. Attached you will find an FAQ sheet with more information about the program NYC Accelerator Internship Program.
There are funding opportunities to cover the cost of the intern’s salary.
1. Up to 90% of the intern’s salary can be paid for through the NYSERDA Clean Energy Internship PON.
2. The Federal Work Study Experimental (FWS XSITE) program through the City University of New York has been approved by the
Department of Education for 3 years and you can hire students during the Fall and Spring semesters. Attached is the flyer with a link
for employers to fill out a request to receive the necessary forms to participate in the FWSXSITE program. If your company is
interested in learning more about these opportunities please let me know so that I can set up an informational call with the program
Milka Rodriguez, Policy Advisor
Below you will find more information about the program that you can share with your contacts.
What training do the interns have?
Interns will come to you from science, technology, engineering and sustainability management backgrounds, and with training from CUNY’s Building
Performance Lab. They will have access to CUNY faculty for troubleshooting throughout the internship. This ensures that the interns can address the
unique contexts of your facilities and handle unexpected tasks.
How can the interns help my company?
Interns can provide 15 hours or more a week to work on projects according to your needs. Interns may:
• Contribute to ongoing employer priorities related to capital planning and building energy performance
• Review existing energy audits and capital needs assessments
• Document and calculate impacts of existing and planned energy conservation measures
• Calculate building loads and inventorying key heating, cooling and electricity systems
• Collect and analyze resident survey information
• Support implementation of projects customized for your organization’s needs
What is required of me?
• Supervise the intern and evaluate performance at the end of the term
• Pay at least $13.50/hr for undergraduates or $15/hr for graduate students (paid directly by employer)
• Sign a commitment letter outlining the hours, stipend, company benefits and supervision provisions
• Extend company liability, worker’s compensation, and disability insurance policies to cover interns.
What is the timeline?
Employer submits commitment letter, job description and obtains internal approvals
Matching and interviews start
Intern Start Date
March 2021 to June 2021
Host intern and complete the intern evaluation