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19:PAR-009: Green Communities Intern
CompanyEnterprise Community Partners
DepartmentGreen Communities
LocationWashington, D.C.
Job Summary

Enterprise is the leading provider of financing, expertise and policy leadership for creating and preserving affordable housing. Over the past 30 years, Enterprise has raised and deployed more than $11.5 billion to build and preserve 300,000 affordable homes nationwide. We serve as a trusted partner to community-based affordable housing organizations, providing development, construction, asset management, energy efficiency, and organizational capacity-building expertise. 

The 2019 Green Communities Intern supports the development and launch of the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria as a member of the Equitable Climate Resilience Initiative.  The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria is a national green building program designed explicitly for the affordable housing sector.  Currently active in 42 states, the Criteria is an influential tool in shaping the quality of affordable housing.  Efforts are now underway to update the Criteria, with an expected launch in 2019 Q4.  This position will support the Criteria update and launch efforts. 

 The position requires strong oral and written communication skills, the ability to conduct short research projects, the ability to manage details and nuance while keeping the larger project purpose in mind, self-motivation, the ability to effectively work both independently and as part of a team, and the ability to effectively manage and prioritize multiple simultaneous tasks.  The position represents an opportunity to more fully integrate best practices of green building within affordable housing development nationwide.  The position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Senior Director, National Initiatives.


This is a part time, paid internship


Job Responsibilities


  • Assist in convening internal and external stakeholders throughout the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria development process.
  • Research best practices in green affordable housing.  Synthesize findings and make recommendations.
  • Interview green building subject matter experts and affordable housing stakeholders.
  • Facilitate 2020 Criteria comment review periods; track input and assist in developing timely responses.
  • Document management: track revisions to the 2020 Criteria as it is developed, clearly indicating pending updates as well as unresolved issues.
  • Assist with efforts to communicate the progress of developing the 2020 Criteria including drafting content, updating distributions lists, and building a more robust outreach strategy. 
Additional tasks as relevant to supporting the development and launch of the 2020 Criteria.

  • Completed at least 3 (three) years at an accredited 4 (four) year college or university; college graduate or graduate students preferred.
  • Interest and working knowledge of residential construction, affordable housing, and/or sustainability/green building
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience writing research briefs and reports.
  • Strong research skills and the ability to analyze and report/summarize technical green building practices.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to track key details of complex projects.
  • Ability to work on highly collaborative teams both virtually and in-person.
  • Self-motivation; ability to work both independently and as a team player.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to coordinate complex activities, prioritize conflicting demands, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; familiarity with web-based research required.
  • Strong initiative with ability to seek out relevant information prior to making timely decisions
  • Demonstrate strong ethics in interpersonal relations.Work as an effective and collaborative team member; treat internal and external customers with respect, honesty, and professionalism.


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