SUN Policy and Advocacy Fellows

Do you want to develop your knowledge of solar policies and help advocate for greater access to rooftop and community solar resources? Are you looking for an opportunity to join a growing organization where you can make a difference and have fun doing it? If so, keep reading!

About us

Solar United Neighbors (SUN) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to creating a clean, equitable, resilient energy system that benefits everyone. We help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights. Our organization is growing, and we are looking for three Policy and Advocacy Fellows to join our team for a 12-month fellowship.

About the Fellowship

We are seeking three (3) Policy and Advocacy Fellows to support SUN’s solar advocacy and education work.

One Fellow will focus on our Rural Electric Cooperative Solar Campaign. Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Engaging and connecting with rural electric co-op (REC) member-owners in target states/areas.
  • Assisting local campaigns for better solar policies at RECs.
  • Helping recruitment and engagement in an online solar discussion forum.
  • Supporting SUN’s work in national/regional coalitions related to REC organizing.

The other two Fellows will support our state priority campaigns. Responsibilities for these positions include:

  • Supporting state legislative and regulatory efforts to promote and defend greater access to local solar and other distributed energy resources.
  • Engaging solar supporters to participate in advocacy activities.
  • Researching various state and local solar policies.
  • Assisting with national policy priorities as needed.

The selected applicants must have strong written, verbal, and research skills. Previous policy and grassroots organizing experience are a plus.  Applicants must be comfortable working with Microsoft office and Google docs, be able to multi-task, and be organized and detail oriented in their work. They should also be comfortable self-managing their efforts working on short and long-term projects. Selected applicants must have their own computer to work on throughout the fellowship.

This is a 15 to 20 hour (flexible) per week fellowship intended for a minimum of 9 and up to 12 months. Fellows may obtain college credit for this program or may opt for a living wage equivalent stipend ($1,500 per month). Work hours can be flexible. All Solar United Neighbors fellowships are remote. Fellows are also welcome to join us at our offices in Washington, D.C. (near Dupont Circle). This opportunity is open to people of all educational backgrounds and work experience levels who are U.S. residents (or U.S. citizens living abroad). For candidates without a high school diploma, some previous related work experience is preferred.

How to apply

Please submit your resume, a statement of interest, and one writing sample to: fellows@solarunitedneighbors.org and include “Policy and Advocacy Fellow” in the subject line.

We’re an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. SUN is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Solar United Neighbors welcomes candidates of diverse backgrounds and experience to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, and those with a non-traditional education.