Carbon Management Research Intern

Great Plains Institute
Organization Summary


A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, the Great Plains Institute (GPI) is transforming the energy system to benefit the economy and environment. Increased demand for GPI’s unique blend of energy expertise and consensus-derived solutions has driven organizational and programmatic growth. With headquarters in Minnesota, GPI’s operations are national in scope while retaining a core competency in the Midcontinent region. GPI is powered by more than 50 professionals and is supported by some of the nation’s most respected philanthropies.  

At GPI, we hold the following values: 

Trusted. We base our approach and actions on trust, mutual respect, and accountability.  

Inclusive. We achieve impact through inclusive and deliberate collaboration with a diversity of interests. 

Equitable. We strive for equity in our approach and outcomes. 

Transformative. We are a bold and passionate catalyst for change. 


GPI’s Carbon Management Program is dedicated to fostering deployment of solutions at climate scale for managing carbon emissions from energy, industry, and manufacturing, while protecting and creating high-wage, family-sustaining jobs and providing economic and environmental benefits to affected communities. Through our staffing and coordination of the Carbon Capture Coalition at the federal level, the State Carbon Capture Work Group and Regional Deployment Initiative, the Industrial Innovation Initiative, and the Carbon Action Alliance, GPI’s Carbon Management Program is playing a transformative role in building broad industry, labor, and NGO engagement and support for federal and state policies necessary to put our nation on a path to net-zero emissions and achieving midcentury climate goals. The Carbon Management Program is a fast-paced collaborative team with an entrepreneurial spirit that encourages and appreciates equal contribution from members at all levels of the team.

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Short-term internship (3 months), flexible (20 - 40 hours per week)

Primary Duties

Program/Role: Carbon Management Research Intern

Location: WFH Flexible, Minneapolis, MN. GPI’s headquarters are based at 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 220 in Minneapolis, MN.

Reports toCarbon Management Research Manager

Type of PositionShort-term internship (3 months), flexible (20 - 40 hours per week)

Start Date: June 2023


GPI’s Carbon Management team is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented individual to support research activities of the carbon management team. The purpose of this internship is to provide support to the Carbon Management Research Manager through various research projects. The successful candidate will work directly with GPI staff to advance an ongoing GPI project related to the historical context of carbon management in the clean energy sector of the United States, as well as other research projects for the Carbon Management team as needed. The successful candidate will be given attribution in any reports, white papers, or presentations created from the research conducted through this internship opportunity.


GPI is a leader in the industrial decarbonization and carbon management space and will provide the successful candidate with a career-oriented opportunity to learn more about these technologies, develop professional connections, and grow their interpersonal and technical communications skills. This work supports greater GPI initiatives around carbon emissions reduction. The position will be 100% remote, with the opportunity to work from GPI’s Minneapolis office, if desired.



The primary responsibilities of this position are to help advance ongoing GPI research projects related to carbon management. In pursuit of this goal, the successful candidate will:

Research and Content Development (80%)

The Carbon Management team conducts research that aids in a broader understanding of carbon management among the general public and provides necessary context for industry and policymakers to further the implementation of carbon management technologies throughout the US economy.

The successful candidate will be capable of:


Compiling relevant research for a literature review on the historical context of carbon management in the clean energy sector;


Conducting detailed analysis of published data;


Gathering and organizing data sets needed for research projects;


Communicating the results of their analysis and;


Assisting with blogs, fact sheets, white papers, presentations, or other media that may be developed from research conducted during the internship.


Program Assistance (20%)

The successful candidate will work closely with carbon management staff to support day-to-day operations across the program, including:


Attending staff and stakeholder meetings and provide notetaking support; and


Other duties and assistance as assigned.



Minimum qualifications


Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook.

·        Excellent research skills, with attention to detail and quality of source material.


Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team.


Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to represent GPI well among project participants.


Ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner.


Preferred qualifications


Current student (Bachelor’s or Master’s) or recent graduate preferred. Preference for education in environmental sciences, geology, political science, public policy, climate/sustainability, or engineering.


Experience conducting research independently.


Experience or interest in innovative solutions in clean energy including hydrogen and carbon management technologies.


Experience engaging with diverse stakeholders including from industry, government, civil society, labor, and the nonprofit sector.


Desktop computer and/or laptop, copier, fax machine, calculator, printer, telephone



Requires working at a desk (either sitting or standing) for extended periods. Extensive use of devices (e.g., keyboard, mouse), as well as usage of telephone/headset. May require lifting of boxes up to 20 pounds on occasion.

How to Apply

Apply online here. Required application materials include a resume and one-page cover letter. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis with a preference for applications by 9 AM Central Time, Friday, April 14, 2023.


GPI has a fast-paced entrepreneurial culture in which people enjoy both great freedom and great responsibility. People who thrive in this culture take personal responsibility for seeing what needs doing and getting it done. They are initiative-takers, problem-solvers, and quick to help others. They work hard because they believe in the mission and get to spend most of their time at the intersection of what they love to do and are good at. It’s a working environment in which performance is judged more on results than on time spent in a chair. We aspire to make this the best job anyone has ever had.

 The Great Plains Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a wide diversity of applicants.

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