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Information Research and Data Management Intern

The CUB Policy Center is seeking an intern to assist with researching telecommunication plans and updating information at the back end of the CUB Connects website (; a complex data-driven website designed to educate consumers.

This website is the backbone of the CUB Connects program, a consumer outreach initiative that provides Oregonians with an apples-to-apples comparison of home phone, mobile phone, and internet plans. Maintaining a strong database is a key component of this service, and the Information Research and Data Management Intern will provide important, front-line updates to maintain the quality of information provided.

The intern will support the efforts of CUB's three-person Development & Communications team, and reports directly to the Development & Communications Director. The position is ideal for someone seeking professional experience in consumer and/or telecommunications affairs, complex database maintenance and/or non-profit services. CUB is also able to work with college students who wish to receive school credit for their experience.

The Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) is a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization founded in 1984. CUB’s mission is to represent the interests of Oregon’s residential utility customers before administrative, judicial and legislative bodies, such as the Oregon Public Utility Commission and the Oregon Legislature.

As a 501(c)3 organization, the CUB Policy Center’s (CPC) mission is to provide thoughtful, sophisticated policy resolutions and produce research that shows Oregon to be a national leader on energy efficiency policy, climate change solutions, renewable resource implementation, and consumer awareness. CUB Connects is a program of the CPC.

Both CUB and the CPC work in close coordination and operate under the overall CUB banner, housing 11 FT employees, as well as seasonal law clerks, legal and non-legal interns and externs. Our work is deadline driven and fast paced. This is a full time position located in Portland, Oregon.

The Intern will:

  • Research contractual information online, contact customer service representatives to verify plan details and update the CUB Connects database;
  • Work with Service Providers to create unique access logins and update their plans on the back-end of the CUB Connects database;
  • Review and accept changes made by service providers and make edits to these changes when necessary;
  • Work with CUB staff to identify strategies for maintaining the information in the databases;
  • Assist CUB staff with additional elements of the CUB Connects project as needed.

    Position Qualifications:

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Experience with data entry and online research
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Excel
  • An interest in complex data models
  • Acute attention to detail


    A total of 200 hours is needed and can be divided between 5 and 13.5 weeks in whatever way best suits the needs of the applicant. For example: 5 weeks @ 40 hours a week or 13.5 weeks @ 15 hours a week, or any number in between. Candidate must be available during weekday hours between 9:00am – 6:00pm.

    Salary: This is a paid internship at $12 per hour with no additional benefits.

    To apply: Email cover letter and resume to Pamela White, Development and Communications Director, at pamela[at]oregoncub[dot]org.

    Closing Date: February 6, 2015

    Anticipated Start Date: March 3, 2015

    Summer Law Clerk

    CUB's Law Clerkship, a paid, full-time summer position held between May and August, was created in 2009 to connect legal students with the expertise and experience of working in energy and telecom law and utility regulation. CUB Law Clerks are supervised by our General Counsel, and work closely with CUB's Staff Attorneys, Economist, and Utility Analyst. Our Law Clerks are involved in every step of CUB's work before the Oregon Public Utility Commission. CUB offers its Law Clerks a variety of experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • Regular attendance at meetings with Oregon's investor owned utilities
  • Attendance at hearings before the Oregon State Legislature (when in session)
  • Occasional attendance at BPA hearings, meetings
  • Frequent utility law research
  • Frequent drafting of data requests and motions
  • Occasional drafting of proposed rule or legislative changes
  • Occasional Bonneville Power Administration related research
  • Occasional legislative history research

  • CUB's Law Clerks will be introduced to energy and telecom utility employees in upper levels of management, as well as to state representatives, senators, employees of the Public Utility Commission, Oregon Public Utility Commissioners, employees of other non-profits, private and public practice energy law attorneys, and more. At CUB, hands-on experience is a promise. In an environment that can change rapidly, our law clerks are involved in the day-in day-out events of the Citizens' Utility Board. Potential clerks should have a clear interest in the fields of energy and telecom law and be willing to dig right in. While interested candidates are welcome to submit an application, cover letter, resume, writing samples, and transcript at any time, formal applications for the Law Clerk position must be received by February 15th of each year to be considered for the summer opening. Please contact CUB's General Counsel, Catriona McCracken at 503-227-1984 x 16, or catriona[at]oregoncub[dot]org.

    Legal Extern (Offered in Fall and Winter/Spring)

    For students considering a course accredited experience with CUB, we offer externships with our organization on a case-by-case basis. Externships are an ideal choice for an individual with a particular interest in one or more of the organization's program areas. Examples include an economics student interested in renewable energy markets; a law student interested in garnering experience in energy law; or an urban planning student interested in electric vehicle development and deployment. Given that each externship must be tailored to the student's academic study in conjunction with their academic institution and CUB, interested students should request an informational interview to discuss the suitability of doing an externship with CUB. Please contact CUB's General Counsel, Catriona McCracken at 503-227-1984 x 16, or catriona[at]oregoncub[dot]org.