Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Office of Electric Reliability

ICS Organization Name
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Office of Electric Reliability

Washington, District of Columbia 

Organization Description
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent regulatory agency that oversees various aspects of the energy markets within the United States.  FERC is composed of five Commissioners, one of whom is appointed Chairman, each of whom is appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  The Commission is expressly bipartisan as no more than three commissioners can come from a single political party.    

The intern will assist in the work of the program office, The Office of Electric Reliability(OER). OER helps to protect and improve the reliability and security of the nation's bulk power system through effective regulatory oversight as established by Congress and the President in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. OER Oversees the development and review of mandatory reliability and security standards. OER also oversees compliance with the approved mandatory standards by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system.

Internship Description

As an intern in the Office of Electric Reliability, your duties will include the following:

  • Participate in reviewing or providing advice on NERC Reliability Standards Investigations, audit of the users, owners, and/or operators of the bulk power system, and analyzing power system incidents to determine potential noncompliance with NERC Reliability Standards.
  • Assist OER teams in providing input to Commission orders that ensure the protection and enhancement of bulk power system reliability.
  • Perform power system engineering analysis supporting Commission evaluation of electric system market and rate cases and related initiatives.
  • Participate in research and analysis identifying the implications of market and technology trends on electric system reliability.
  • Analyze data and present results assessing the performance of the electric transmission system.
  • Utilize a personal computer to accomplish work, including basic office functions and engineering analysis.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500/$450 if remote 10 Flexible between 5/10/21 - 8/27/21 9:00 am 5:00 pm No Yes No Unsure

Internship Qualifications

Applicants should be studying engineering and have an interest in technology and public policy.  It is essential that s/he be an excellent writer and oral communicator. Ability to perform analysis using spreadsheets, statistical packages, and specialized software packages. S/he will work closely with others in the OER Program office and in other Commission Program offices, and must be able to work well as a team player. S/he should be a self-starter and multi-tasker who can solve complex problems independently. Integrity and utmost discretion are essential as s/he may be privy to nonpublic information. Finally, a good sense of humor is desired as we all work closely together with frequent time pressures.

**Writing Sample required: can be a document of the applicant's choice

Additional Info
U.S. Citizen is required. General background checks are performed. 

Intern should seek to search for temporary housing during their time in the DC area and utilize apartment searches. is responsible for housing arrangements. Princeton alumni network has been used by past interns to secure housing.

Former Interns
Elizabeth Parker '21, TJ Li '21, Claire Wayner '22, Tony Chen '20

Evaluation Excerpt

The most satisfying part of my work was knowing that my project was actually contributing to the ongoing work at FERC. My project was on a subject (index liquidity) that hadn't been studied previously, so I was able to set up for future in-depth investigations.
—Tony Chen '20

I LOVE my supervisors. I had a official group manager and a project manager and they were always available for questions and advice. I talked to them a lot about my post-graduation problems and asked a lot a lot of questions.
—Hang Huynh '18 

I absolutely connected with the FERC mission. As I said above, FERC is doing instrumental work in the delicate art of balancing climate concerns with promoting economic opportunity in the energy sector. I am deeply invested in this policy field and became only further motivated throughout the experience to continue learning about and working on these issues. —Wesley Brown '19