Federal Energy Regulatory Commission - Office of Electric Reliability

The intern will work in the program office, The Office of Electric Reliability (OER) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. OER will help 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. Oversees the development and review of mandatory reliability and security standards. Oversees compliance with the approved mandatory standards by the users, owners, and operators of the bulk power system.

City/State

Washington, DC

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.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible Flexible Fleixble Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

We can provide the intern with information about Washington, D.C. neighborhoods, apartment rental options in different locations, and public transportation. The FERC office can be accessed using public transportation.

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.

Additional qualifications:

The selected intern must be highly intelligent. It is essential that s/he be an excellent writer and oral communicator. Because s/he will work closely with others in the OER Program office and in other Commission Program offices, s/he must be able to work well as a team player. S/he should be a self-starter and multi-tasker who can solve 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

  • In the Cover Letter state why you're excited about the job and the company, and how the job matches your career goals. In one or two paragraphs, connect your past accomplishments with the requirements listed in the job description.

Special Requirements

  • Background Check
  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations