Jumpstart Your Career in Energy Efficiency

Join the more than two million Americans in the largest sector in the U.S. clean economy. Gain hands-on industry experience by enrolling in the Clean Energy Pathways program to start your career in energy efficiency.

The Mass Save® Clean Energy Pathways program is a full-time, paid, three-month internship that aims to boost the energy efficiency workforce. The internship program matches interns with local companies to develop skills in Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) or weatherization; two fast-growing industries in the energy efficiency sector. After three months, the internship could turn into full-time employment with the intern’s current employer or with another vetted energy company.

An associate participating in the paid internship program for clean energy pathways

Who is Eligible?

The Sponsors of Mass Save are seeking applicants with the following eligibility criteria:

  • Between the ages of 18 - 25 years old.
  • Reside in Dorchester, Fall River, Lawrence, Mattapan, Roxbury, Springfield, or Worcester.
  • Identify as a person of color, woman, LGBTQI+, first generation resident, and/or multilingual.
  • Speaks some English.
  • Authorized to work in the United States.
  • Can pass a criminal background check.
  • Prior training in HVAC or have an interest in weatherization.

How Does the Internship Work?

Interns participate in a three-month, fully paid internship starting at $20/hour. Interns will receive:

  • Paid training and hands-on experience in the growing, high-demand energy efficiency career fields of weatherization or HVAC.
  • Valuable skills, ongoing support, and mentorship.
  • Job placement assistance.

The Sponsors of Mass Save aim to see 100% of interns placed in full-time energy efficiency jobs upon completion of the internship program.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Clean Energy Pathways internship program?

The Clean Energy Pathways program is a workforce development initiative from the Sponsors of Mass Save that aims to boost the energy efficiency workforce and increase access to opportunities for individuals historically underrepresented in the industry, including women, people of color, and people who speak English as a second language.

What are the goals of the program?

The program aims to:

  • Create a sustainable pipeline of qualified weatherization and HVAC workers.
  • Generate career opportunities for historically underrepresented populations in the energy efficiency industry.
  • Increase the diversity of the energy efficiency workforce.
  • Boost energy efficiency program participation among traditionally hard to reach communities.

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

Massachusetts residents living in Dorchester, Fall River, Lawrence, Mattapan, Roxbury, Springfield, or Worcester that identify as people of color, women, LGBTQI+, first generation residents, and/or multilingual young adults between the ages of 18-25 are eligible to participate in the program.

Interns must also have a high school diploma or its equivalent, the ability to pass background checks, and some proficiency in the English language.

Does the program focus on specific industries in the energy efficiency sector?

The Clean Energy Pathways program focuses on one pathway within the energy efficiency sector per cohort: HVAC or weatherization. The Sponsors of Mass Save work with qualified local companies in both fields to not only place program participants but also ensure employers provide an inclusive, welcoming environment that promotes intern retention.

How many interns will be accepted?

The size of each cohort is expected to include at least 20 individuals. Qualified applicants not chosen for a particular cohort will be automatically considered for the next cohort.

What type of stipend or pay is available during the program?

Interns will receive a stipend starting at $20/hour as well as valuable professional development training, mentoring, and other support as needed to promote ongoing participation in the three-month internship program.

What will interns gain from the program?

The program is designed to help interns gain:

  • Professional development skills.
  • Case management support from community-based organizations to support a transition into employment within an exciting industry.
  • Hands-on experience in a high-demand field, while being compensated.
  • Job placement (The goal of the Sponsors of Mass Save is to secure 100% job placement for all participants following the completion of their internship).
  • Access to a large clean energy network to help further career growth.
  • Mentorship to support retention in industry.
  • A deeper understanding of the energy efficiency profession.
  • Access to additional workforce pathways in energy efficiency.

Questions?

For more information about the Clean Energy Pathways program, email [email protected].