Internship description:

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Council) is seeking an intern to support its energy efficiency, demand response, and load forecasting efforts. In particular, the Intern would contribute to developing a compilation of electricity use load and savings profiles. These load and savings profiles are used in the Council’s work of load forecasting, demand response impacts, and estimating the times during which energy efficiency measures save. For example, when an efficient water heater saves energy will impact its value to offsetting other energy needs. The intern will first assist with this effort by compiling information from existing profiles, available in various formats within the Council and Regional Technical Forum databases and then work to create data management tools so that these profiles can be readily used by the various models that use them.

Specific tasks:

Under the supervision of the Resources Team and with input from others in the Power Division, the intern will participate in the following data management tasks:

  1. Compiling a database of load and savings profiles
  2. Creating a version of the profiles compatible with existing models
  3. Producing a visualization tool for the profiles
  4. Developing data management tools to compile or combine data as directed (e.g. creating a weighted average profile)
  5. Other data management or research duties, as assigned


  • Current undergraduate student with skills and interest in energy fields
  • Skilled in data analysis using Microsoft Excel or other similar tools (e.g., R, Python)
  • Detail oriented
  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Good communication skills

Work schedule and compensation:

  • 30-40 hours per week- preferably completed between the hours of 8 and 5 each day
  • 10-week duration, beginning June 6
  • Hybrid office/telework; occasional office time in Portland will be desirable but is not required.
  • $20/ hour

About the Council:

The Council is an interstate compact agency formed by the states of Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho under the Northwest Power Act of 1980. Under the Act, the Council develops, with broad public participation, a regional conservation and electrical generation power plan, and a protection and mitigation program for fish and wildlife affected by the hydropower facilities on the Columbia River. The Power Plan and Fish and Wildlife Programs are largely implemented by agencies of the federal government, especially the Bonneville Power Administration. The Council consists of eight members. The governors of the four states appoint two members to serve on the Council. The members are supported by the central office staff based in Portland, Oregon and several staff located in each state office.