Mar. 03, 2021

Clean Energy Junior Policy Analyst (CLDEM-21111) – 15-week Internship

Article by Clean Foundation and Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines

Job Description – Clean Leadership 2021 Program

We are committed to Employment Equity and our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative at all job levels. We welcome applicants from Indigenous People, Visible Minority Groups, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented. If you are a member of one of the equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on our pre-screening form as you may also be eligible for one of our specialized internship streams (inclusive of more tailored programming, supports and resources for each group).

Summary of the Program 

The Clean Leadership program (formerly Nova Scotia Youth Conservation Corps or Youth Corps) was established in 1989 to provide youth with training and employment opportunities in the environmental field. This program engages community partners across the province to hire students to carry out work in the summer months that fosters environmental stewardship. The Clean Leadership program provides youth with clean sector work experience; an enhanced appreciation of the environment and their community, with opportunity to give back; skills for life-long learning (including job-readiness and leadership skills); and knowledge for future employment and/or education ventures. 

Job Title
Clean Energy Junior Policy Analyst – 15-week internship

Summary of Position 

The community partner for this Summer Student Intern position through the Clean Leadership program will be Nova Scotia Department of Energy & Mines reporting to the Policy Analyst, Sustainable Renewable Energy. In this position, you will be mainly responsible for supporting the provincial government’s efforts to develop clean energy resources, reduce Nova Scotia’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, create jobs and transition to a low carbon economy. You will work collaboratively with senior staff on policy analysis, development and implementation. Additionally, you will assist in program administration for the low-carbon initiatives within the Sustainable and Renewable Energy Branch. Lastly, you’ll be tasked to explore and conduct research on clean energy and recommend inclusive and equitable adoption strategies. Research topics could include but is not limited to the clean tech sector, electric mobility, active transportation, renewable energy, solar energy, climate change, and energy efficiency. 

Community Partner

The Department of Energy & Mines’ (DEM) mandate is to manage energy resources to achieve optimum economic, social and environmental value from the energy sector. Our mission is to serve the social, environmental, and economic interests of Nova Scotians by ensuring our energy resources are developed and used in an efficient and sustainable manner. 

The DEM office is located at 1690 Hollis Street in downtown Halifax, NS.

Duties and Responsibilities
As the successful candidate, you will conduct Junior Policy Analyst activities which includes supporting your team through quick research and fact-finding, in-depth jurisdictional scans, literature review and analysis, and through sharing your research via presentations, written reports, or briefing notes. You will also demonstrate professionalism and strong communication skills when communicating and collaborating with our key stakeholder groups. Additionally, you will aid with program administration which includes defining program scope, creating a program schedule for intake & review, and conduct evaluation of new proposals and annual reports. 

The student will provide a summary report on their work at the end of term and deliver a presentation to staff at DEM.


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or legally entitled to work in Canada; 
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years at time of internship;
  • Must be a full-time student and intending to return to school in Fall 2021;
  • Must not be an immediate family member of community partner;
  • Have an aptitude for safe work practices and the ability to multi-task in a busy work environment;
  • Be able to work productively as part of a team while responding to feedback;
  • Demonstrated interest in future employment in the environmental or clean sector is considered an asset;
  • Critical and creative thinking to drive innovative solutions;
  • Problem solving and decision-making abilities;
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written; 
  • Research and reporting skills;
  • High motivation;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Sound professional judgement;
  • Familiarly with climate change, sustainable and renewable energy sectors, federal and provincial legislation, regulations and policies for climate change, energy and GHG emission reductions;
  • Organizational skills and time management skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable;
  • Positive attitude and willingness to learn and contribute.

Working Conditions
The successful candidate needs to have skills that are required to perform work tasks in an office setting. Contingent of the public health guidelines during the summer internship period and in the case of office closure, the successful candidate may be expected to work from home.

Physical Requirements

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