GOPIF and GEO Internships

Last updated November 12, 2021

The Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation (GOPIF) and the Future and the Governor’s Energy Office (GEO) have a limited number of paid internship positions available for the winter/spring of 2022. Interns for GOPIF/GEO work on a variety of projects to support the strategic initiatives of the offices, in particular implementation of the state’s climate action plan, Maine Won’t Wait.

The following spring intern positions are part-time, paid positions (up to 200 hours) and run over a 10-to-12-week period between February - May 2022. Given continued caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these positions are anticipated to be primarily virtual.

GOPIF/GEO welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Prior coursework, employment, internships, volunteering, or other experience related to climate and energy and public policy are welcome, but not required, from potential applicants.

To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Cheryl Miller at cheryl.miller@maine.gov by no later than noon on Friday, December 10, 2021.

GOPIF Climate Resilience Data Analyst

The GOPIF Climate Resilience Data Analyst will support Maine’s climate resilience goals and GOPIF’s implementation projects. The position will assist with state efforts to assess and reduce infrastructure vulnerability and support programming that engages municipalities in planning for and supporting climate adaptation and energy efficiency. A specific focus of the position will be on improving the state’s use of data to evaluate program performance and progress toward climate goals. The position will also support ongoing GOPIF activities as needed.

This internship is a graduate level position. Specific duties may include:

  • Support GOPIF and the Governor’s Energy Office in administering and developing performance metrics for a new program that supports municipal and tribal climate action.
    • Work with administrators to develop data capture, tracking, and analysis methods that enable GOPIF/GEO to assess progress at local, regional, and statewide scales and to identify factors that may be accelerating or hindering progress. 
    • Assist with development of the project application review process. 
  • Support GOPIF and other agencies in assessing the vulnerability of infrastructure to climate impacts. 
    • Research strategies and best practices applied in other jurisdictions to assess infrastructure vulnerability and to develop climate-informed siting and design standards. 
    • Inventory Maine’s existing data on state-owned facilities (including geodata, facility age and condition, and risk level if available) and identify key data gaps and needs.
    • Research how other states organize, manage, and analyze data related to asset/facility/infrastructure vulnerability and risk. Recommend practices for Maine and present options to GOPIF, DOT, and other agency staff.
  • Assist with other resilience programming, stakeholder engagement, project management, communications, events, or projects for GOPIF/GEO as needed.

The position will involve a mix of remote and in-person work at GOPIF’s office in Augusta as evolving state COVID-19 guidance allows.

Strong candidates will have many of the following skills and experience:

  • Pursuing a graduate level degree
  • Strong English communications and writing skills and ability to communicate effectively. A writing sample may be requested.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products – Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and/or other data management applications will be a plus.
  • Climate adaptation policy or practice.
  • Program management/administration or program performance evaluation.
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing large data sets.

GOPIF Climate and Equity Intern

The GOPIF Climate and Equity Intern will support Maine’s goal to advance equity through the state’s climate response. The position will assist state efforts to support ongoing planning and implementation of the state’s climate strategies to ensure shared benefits across diverse populations in Maine. A specific focus of the position will be on developing metrics for the state to be able to implement and track equity recommendations. The position will also support ongoing GOPIF activities as needed.

This internship is a graduate level position. Specific duties may include:

  • Support GOPIF and the Maine Climate Council Equity Subcommittee to set clear equity outcomes for proposed actions, monitor progress, and make recommendations to ensure that programs and benefits reach the intended populations and communities. 
    • Research how other states organize, manage, and analyze climate and equity data 
    • Inventory Maine’s existing climate and equity relevant data
  • Support GOPIF to lead an effort to define environmental justice and incorporate this definition into state agency climate and energy decisions. Per Maine LD 1682, the Maine Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future (GOPIF) must report to the legislature by February 2022 with (1) recommendations to incorporate equity into PUC and DEC decisions, and (2) definitions for “environmental justice,” “environmental justice populations,” and frontline communities,” as a proxy for equitable decision-making.
  • Assist with other resilience programming, stakeholder engagement, project management, communications, events, or projects for GOPIF/GEO as needed.

Strong candidates will have many of the following skills and experience:

  • Pursuing a graduate level degree
  • Strong English communications and writing skills and ability to communicate effectively. A writing sample may be requested.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a diverse and inclusive team.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft products – Excel, Word and PowerPoint. 
  • Climate equity or justice, environmental justice
  • Public policy
  • Collecting, managing, and analyzing large numerical and written data sets.