Sunrun, Inc

  • Public Policy Intern

    Location US-CA-San Francisco
    Requisition ID
    Position Type (Portal Searching)
    Temporary Full-Time
    Additional Locations
    US-CA-San Francisco
  • Overview

    Sunrun’s Public Policy Intern will be at the cutting edge of solar policy progress nationwide, helping develop and drive public policy campaigns to protect energy choice and rooftop solar growth. The position will report to the Senior Manager of Public Affairs and will support our 20-person Public Policy team.


    Duties of this position will include assisting with the execution of policy campaign strategy on state and national campaigns through a breadth of policy and business analysis, legislative and regulatory research, and collaboration with key industry stakeholders, such as policymakers, utilities, other companies, trade associations, and NGOs.


    The public policy intern will also assist the public affairs and communications teams, including a focus on media relations, marketing, grassroots and grasstops organizing, digital design, and content creation. This position will require a dedicated storyteller to deliver key messages and mobilize public support for rooftop solar.


    • Help with monitoring and analysis of regulatory and incentive policies and proceedings, particularly related to energy, solar and storage policies, grid services, planning and incentives, and rate design.
    • Help support regulatory and legislative policy strategies for advancing home solar + storage across the country.
    • Help support relationships with key industry stakeholders, such as policymakers, utilities, other companies, trade associations, and NGOs.
    • Assist with the development of national and state-level campaign plans in collaboration with Policy Directors:
      • Help manage and drive media relations and public affairs objectives for the policy team.
      • Build press lists for local and national reporters.
      • Assist in drafting press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, and advertisement copy (digital, radio, TV, etc.).
      • Execute content creation and manage online channels including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Google AdWords -- ensuring key messages are consistent across all content.
      • Help organize rallies, press events, demonstrations, and other public action in support of solar.
      • Utilize digital tools to engage existing and new advocates through Sunrun’s advocacy organization.
    • Help support the development and design of creative digital art elements such as videos, web pages, advertisements, and graphics.


    • 1+ years demonstrated professional experience in public policy or public affairs.
    • General interest / passion in energy policy and politics.
    • Interest or experience framing, messaging, and narrative development that centers around issue advocacy.
    • Interest in all aspects of presswork (creating media advisories and press releases, pitching to and building relationships with reporters, training spokespeople, etc.).
    • Interest in developing and implementing digital strategies and tactics across digital platforms.
    • Demonstrated clear and persuasive writing skills.
    • Ability to create content quickly in a fast-paced environment.
    • Ability or interest in developing and driving list-building strategies and managing communication databases.
    • Strong computer skills, preferably including G Suite platforms like Gmail, Calendar, Hangouts, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.
    • Self-driven, enthusiastic and creative problem-solver.
    • Prefer experience using digital content creators, such as iMovie or Final Cut.




    Sunrun is proud to be an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination and harassment of any kind. At Sunrun, we believe that empowering people and valuing their differences will help us create a planet run by the sun. That’s why we strive to make solar inclusive. Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion drives our ability to build diverse teams and develop inclusive work environments. We do our best to make sure all people feel respected, supported and connected at work. That includes our support for members and allies of all underrepresented groups through our internal employee networks such as Sunrun Women’s Network, Sunrun’s Veterans Network (“Liberty”), Women in Tech, and Sunrun’s LGBTQ affinity group.


    We are committed to equal employment opportunity without consideration of race, color, religion, ethnicity, citizenship, political activity or affiliation, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex or gender, or any other basis protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.


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