Local recruitment: Summer Associate

Coho Climate Advisors

Bethesda, MD, USA 🇺🇸


Job Description and Opportunity

Coho Climate Advisors, an ERM Group Company (Coho) is a catalyst for large organizations to enact bold climate action. Coho works with clients to develop & initiate comprehensive carbon reduction strategies, incorporate renewables into operations, and reduce water use. Coho does this by identifying practical and effective solutions that organizations can act on. For Scope 1 emissions, we look to eliminate onsite emissions by discovering the intersection between high emission activities, and available low-carbon alternatives. To address Scope 2, we often procure energy solutions such as large-scale wind and solar, onsite and community solar, and retail energy. On the water front we help clients recycle and optimize water usage, reducing demand for freshwater and discharge of wastewater.

Our summer internship positions allow individuals to start or continue their transition into renewable energy and water through a paid 8-12 week intensive program that provides:

  • real-world client service experience
  • opportunity for a targeted and impactful summer research project
  • seminars on RE fundamentals and how to conduct effective and efficient client service
  • peer and senior mentorship opportunities
  • structured professional development

Summer Associates at Coho are highly empowered members of a team that provides climate, RE and water advisory services to Coho’s clients. Summer Associates play a key role across several client engagements, work in a client-focused team, and interact frequently with client team members and Coho’s leadership.

Candidates’ primary work location may be anywhere in the continental United States, with a requirement for travel to Coho’s headquarters in Bethesda, MD (in the Washington, DC metro area).Two weeks of the summer expected to be in Bethesda, with travel funded by Coho.

At Coho, we believe that diversity, equity and inclusion help us foster a passionate, capable and fun team – and that they are important drivers of our core value to ‘be the best team.’ In line with our core values, Coho proudly embraces all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identify, sexual orientation, national origin, age, veteran status or disability.

Example Job Roles

Analytics and problem solving

  • Analyze client energy and water usage and cost and create models for future energy and water usage scenarios
  • Build and improve detailed excel models simulating range of outcomes of RE and water solutions
  • Review models and analysis completed by other team members to ensure quality and efficiency
  • Develop hypotheses to guide analytical process to desired outcomes for own work and that of more junior team members
  • Lead and improve client-specific problem solving to bring the best solutions to our clients


  • Understand and translate client dialogue into a clear set of deliverables and next steps
  • Develop and create well organized storylines and logical presentations for clients and other audiences, assist more junior team members with storyboard development
  • Communicate complex concepts and analyses succinctly to empower clients to reach their goals

Teamwork and people leadership

  • Lead Coho and client teams both in person and in conference / video calls during progress and decision-making meetings
  • Engage with all levels at Coho and with clients from project team to C-suite members
  • Create an open, honest, and productive environment that enables highly impactful teams

Client and impact delivery

  • Lead change management with our clients, identify potential roadblocks, and create solutions to keep project and decision making on time
  • Deliver measurable client impact and results

Entrepreneurial and thought leadership

  • Develop new thinking in the field of RE and water solutions and analytical and evaluation approaches
  • Participate in business development of clients and emerging market solutions


Qualifications and Skills

  • Enrollment in MBA or other Master’s Degree with three or more years of relevant work experience between undergraduate and graduate degree
  • 1-2 semesters remaining in program following the internship period
  • Passion for sustainability, water resiliency, the energy industry and/or renewables
  • Comfort completing complex quantitative and qualitative analyses
  • Ability to learn quickly, even in areas with limited experience or knowledge
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; able to communicate complex matter in a simple, concise manner
  • Strong interpersonal skills with individuals ranging from varied experience levels and backgrounds
  • Strong sense of ownership/self-motivation; professional and organized with an ability to deliver on tight deadlines in an agile, growth-focused environment
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team in an unstructured and flexible environment
  • Strong and creative problem-solving skills across a range of topics
  • Honest and fun!
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following is also a plus:
    • Renewables, cleantech, water resiliency or energy industries
    • Consulting, investment banking, private equity/venture capital, project finance, economics, or engineering
    • Competitive electricity markets (wholesale and/or retail)


Apply for this Position

Please submit a cover letter and resume at customerfirstrenewables.com/apply by midnight on Friday, November 3rd, and direct any additional inquiries to [email protected]


About Coho 

Coho is a global climate advisor dedicated to helping clients navigate complexity and take ambitious steps on their climate journey. We provide deep market insight, analytical problem-solving, and change management expertise so that clients can switch to renewable energy and make other large-scale climate and water resiliency investments with confidence and internal alignment. Clients turn to us at all stages of their journey, from strategy development to competitive procurement and implementation to performance management. These partnerships have resulted in dramatically cleaner and more resilient operations among a wide range of organizations, including corporates, academic institutions, and governments.




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