Policy & Regulatory Intern

Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA)
Organization Summary

The Minnesota Solar Energy Industries Association (MnSEIA) was established in 2009 with a mission to significantly grow the solar industry in Minnesota. MnSEIA is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit trade association with over 130 businesses and organizations in its membership. MnSEIA represents the business interests of its members and solar energy users to achieve its mission and goals, and is an affiliate chapter of the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

MnSEIA membership is composed of mainly photovoltaic and thermal energy professionals and includes solar installers, vendors, developers, distributors, manufacturers, labor unions, law firms, advocacy organizations, educators, utilities, and more. MnSEIA promotes the use of solar energy and conservation that best serves the public interest to improve the environment for a sustainable future while creating family-supporting jobs.

When MnSEIA was formed in 2009, solar installations in Minnesota generated about 1.5 Megawatts of electricity. Today, there is over 1 Gigawatt generated from solar installations. Minnesota has enjoyed the benefits that come from developing a billion-dollar solar industry in state, owing in large part to MnSEIA and its allies’ policy efforts that culminated in passage of Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act, the Solar Energy Standard and a State goal to generate 10% of its energy from solar electricity by 2030, coupled with the Federal Investment Tax Credit for solar development, and many additional bills we have passed since.

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Location in MN
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Job type

$15 an hour.


20-30 hours per week.

Primary Duties

MnSEIA’s Policy & Regulatory Intern helps advance the legislative and regulatory initiatives of the association. The Policy & Regulatory Intern engages in written and verbal advocacy work, policy tracking and member training and education pertaining to policy development in the state of Minnesota. The Policy & Regulatory Intern advocates for MnSEIA’s membership interests in all policy work and will serve as the assistant to the Executive Director and the Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs.

Duties shall include, but are not limited to:

  1. Assist in the development of a legislative and regulatory platform.
  2. Assist in the lobbying of state legislators on solar matters.
  3. Assist in writing and editing regulatory comments for solar matters at the administrative level.
  4. Attend and write summaries of legislative and regulatory hearings.
  5. Assist with tracking bills and other positive or negative state solar policies.
  6. Develop talking points for MnSEIA members and other stakeholders that support our political work.
  7. Create materials for member political engagement.
  8. Work to educate the members on what political issues are and how they can help.
  9. Serve as the primary assistant to the Executive Director and the Director of Policy & Regulatory Affairs on all policy and regulatory matters.
  10. Work on other various tasks and duties when assigned and in conjunction with other staff members.

Currently in pursuit of a policy, regulatory, or energy related degree from a four-year college, graduate school, or law school. 

How to Apply

Email your cover letter, resume, and a recent writing sample, preferably related to energy policy and at least 500-words, to info@mnseia.org. Please title the email with “Policy & Regulatory Intern” and your name. Any applications that do not include the above information or that are incorrectly titled may not be considered by the reviewers. MnSEIA may hire up to two individuals for this posting. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through December 10, 2021.


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