The Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is an initiative of Clean Cities, a government-industry partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program. Clean Cities strives to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector in nearly 100 communities across the country. Since the creation of the CCUWDP in 2010, Clean Cities has hosted more than 300 interns in more than 60 Coalitions.

The Clean Cities internship will give students studying communications, public relations, business, marketing, engineering, or environmental sciences the opportunity to grow public awareness and expand the markets of advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and practices that reduce the consumption of petroleum. Students have participated in research, outreach activities, public education, K-12 outreach, fleet events, and a vast array of transportation-related environmental projects.

Overview: Candidates must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate (junior or senior only) or graduate degree-granting program. Internship will begin June 1, 2020, and run through August 14, 2020. The intern will have the option to reapply for another Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Internship.


Specific Details:

  • Position is for 30 or 40 hours per week (determined by the coalition) for 10 weeks.
  • Internship dates: approximately JUNE 1, 2020 through AUGUST 14, 2020. Exact start/end dates determined by individual coalitions
  • Stipends range from $3,600 – $6,000 per semester depending on academic classification and number of hours assigned by the coalition.
  • Many past internships have led to permanent positions!

Qualifications: A comfortable understanding and willingness to do digital and in-person outreach, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, reliability, and general high-level computer literacy. Strong social media and website management skills are a plus, and a readiness to learn more digital media skills are a must. This position is most applicable to students studying communications, journalism, marketing or a similar field. A strong interest or knowledge in environmental and/or energy-related causes is beneficial.

Responsibilities will include a mixture of the following:

  1. Compiling and collecting fuel pricing data for the quarterly Clean Cities Alternative Fuel Price Report (AFPR).
  2. Scheduling and creating social media content for our accounts across multiple platforms.
  3. Conduct alternative fuel technology-related or digital media research to further your understanding and education on clean transportation and using digital media as a non-profit.
  4. Create and manage e-blasts for the Bi-Weekly, Fuels Fix, and other email campaigns.
  5. Conduct telephone, email and personal outreach (including tabling at events) to prospective Tennessee Clean Fuels members, vehicle fleet owners, media contacts and/or policy-makers, community organizations, fuel marketers, and others.
  6. Assist with event coordination— support event and communications staff with technical workshops, webinars, conferences, and other events, including producing materials, conducting outreach, and helping with event logistics.
  7. Attend weekly staff meetings to provide task updates and coordinate with other TNCF staff.
  8. Management of Fuels Fix and TNCF website properties, including editing, SEO optimization, and other website upkeep.
  9. Complete CCWUDP deliverables required for your internship.

About Tennessee Clean Fuels: The mission of TNCleanFuels is to promote cleaner alternative fuels and vehicles to improve air quality, curb dependence on petroleum, and support Tennessee’s economy. The CCUWDP internship is housed within the East Tennessee Clean Fuels designation, and is located inside the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment in Knoxville’s downtown UT Conference Center.
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To Apply: Email resume to [email protected]

Contact Information

Daniel Siksay, Co-Coordinator

[email protected]