DEADLINE: Applications for Summer 2017 must be received by Monday, May 8, 2017.

The Pace Energy and Climate Center (“the Center”) offers numerous opportunities for Pace University students (with preference given to law students and LLM candidates) in the form of legal internships and research projects. Students have gone on to careers at institutions central to the energy discussion, such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Foundation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York Power Authority, and the New York Independent System Operator, to name a handful. Involvement at the Center provides students an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a unique and challenging area of the law while working with an interdisciplinary staff of lawyers, scientists, and economists. 


The Pace Energy and Climate Center is seeking students for its Summer 2017 intern program. The program runs from Monday, June 5 to Friday, August 4. Alternate start / end dates may be arranged in some circumstances.

Applicants should submit (1) a resume, (2) a writing sample from a class, and (3) a response to one of the research questions below OR a personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing the applicant’s interest in energy and climate related legal practice. Please email your complete application to Radina Valova, at by Friday, April 28, 2017. Preference will be granted to applicants with an interest in continuing with us in some capacity throughout the academic year.

Program Overview

The Pace Energy and Climate Center Intern Program offers students training in energy law and practice. Specifically, the program focuses on policy analysis, legal writing and administrative practice related to electric utility law. Students will also learn some of the intricacies and skills associated with environmental non-profits and think tanks.

Energy law is a rapidly changing field, confronting emerging issues relating to climate change, distributed generation and renewable energy, cybersecurity, changes in wholesale and retail energy markets, and numerous other questions. By developing valuable skills and knowledge through practice, the Pace Energy and Climate Center intern program prepares young lawyers to confront pressing issues within the burgeoning field of energy law.

Interns are paid $10.00/hour with flexible hours up 20 hours per week during the academic year and 35 hours per week during the summer program.

Deliverable Goals

Interns learn primarily through support to staff at the Center. Past interns have produced project specific legal memos and research, provided organizational support such as planning and organizing, explored questions of legal procedure and substance, worked in close coordination with environmental nonprofit groups, and directly participated in administrative proceedings. Interns experience a variety of tasks associated with energy law and environmental nonprofit organizations.

Research Questions

Applicants should submit either a 1-2 page response to one of the research questions below OR a personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing the applicant’s interest in energy and climate related legal practice. While our Staff appreciates seeing applications that engage with the issues our Center works in, being mindful of the time required to do so, we will accept either.

Research topics the applicant may address include:

Memo Topics (1-2 page writing sample)

1.         Provide a procedural history of the Reforming the Energy Vision proceeding in New York State.

2.         Describe the differences between net metering and value of solar tariffs.

3.         Describe the difference between rate-based and mass-based greenhouse gas emissions standards.

4.         Summarize the procedural history of New York’s Green Bank proceeding.

5.         Describe standby rates, their purpose, and their impact on distributed generation.

6.         Summarize the NY Public Service Commission’s Order establishing Community Distributed Generation projects, and opine on whether the Commission permissibly interpreted its enabling statute.

DEADLINE FOR SUMMER 2017 - Friday, April 28, 2017

Once you have assembled the completed application materials, you may (1) send them via email to Radina Valova at, or (2) drop off hard copies to Radina in Room 215 of the E-House or to Loretta Musial, Office Administrator, in Room 204 of the E-House. 

Ottinger Interns. Dean Emeritus and Center founder, Richard L. Ottinger, supervises several volunteer interns each semester. These interns work exclusively for Professor Ottinger, on energy topics related to international sustainability. Interested students should bring their ideas to Professor Ottinger to discuss this opportunity.