Community Engagement Intern


MountainTrue is a key player in the Energy Innovation Task Force, a partnership with the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, Duke Energy and community partners. The task force is developing plans to broadly engage the community in making significant reduction in the demand for electricity, with a primary focus on improving the efficiency and comfort of homes in the Asheville-Buncombe area.

We are seeking an intern for the summer of 2017 to assist our Campaigns Director in engaging the community in new and existing energy efficiency programs at all levels of the community from civic, government and business leaders to individuals. This program serves MountainTrue’s goals of transitioning Western North Carolina to a clean energy future, with the immediate goal of avoiding the construction of a gas-fired peaking unit by 2023. Some specific tasks include but are not limited to creating social media content, event planning, one on one outreach to community leaders and members, creating print materials such as flyers, etc.


The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be outgoing and comfortable communicating with disparate groups. The intern ideally would have a basic understanding of electric energy systems and energy efficiency in the residential sector, although more education and training in this subject area will be available. Experience in community organizing and communications, as well as some Spanish proficiency are desired. The intern will be required to work as part of a team as well as be independent and be self-directed.

How to apply

Send a cover letter and resume to Joan Walker, Campaigns Director, Subject line should read: “Community Engagement Intern”.

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