Transmission Policy and Strategy Intern

Black Hills Corporation

Rapid City, SD

This important role will support and assist with various transmission policy and strategy projects as assigned within the Company’s Transmission Planning, Policy, and Strategy department. These projects will be assigned consistent with the Company’s Internship Program with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the Company’s multiple business units and enhancing the intern’s ability to apply his/her education in a professional environment.


The Summer Internship Program at Black Hills Energy is far from ordinary. You will tackle a real-world project and present it to members of our Executive Team. These projects are designed to enhance your communication and teamwork skills, as you will be collaborating with individuals across all functions within our organization. You will also work alongside professionals in your field, gaining in-depth knowledge about the energy industry and your chosen field of expertise.

At the end of your internship, all of our Summer Interns are invited to our corporate headquarters in Rapid City, South Dakota for an entire week (all expenses paid)! You will tour our different facilities, hear from professionals around the company, and present your final project. This trip helps tie together all you have learned. We hope you finish out our program with an understanding of what it takes to turn the lights on, and to keep them on for our customers across eight states.

LOCATION:  Rapid City, SD

Intern Relocation Adjustment Allowance of $1,000.00 is offered for the purpose of assisting with various expenses associated with your relocation for the internship (less applicable taxes and based on eligibility). Contents of our relocation program are subject to change and may vary based on position.

CLOSING DATE:   This position will remain open until filled.

Reports to Manager, Wholesale Transmission Policy with further direction and support from Managers, Analysts, and Engineers within the Planning, Policy, and Strategy team


  • Project assignments may include:
  • Tracking relevant policy and regulatory decisions from the FERC and state regulatory commissions.
  • Compiling data related to transmission assets or financials into spreadsheets.
  • Monitoring transmission issues related to the formation or expansion of ISOs/RTOs in the Western Interconnection.


  • Additional projects may be assigned as needed.
  • Adherence to all safety policies, practices, and procedures to assure a safe working environment.
  • Support safety, diversity, and social responsibility goals of the department, business unit and corporation.


  • Maintain professional working relationships with internal and external departments, utilities, customers and agencies
  • Promote a collaborative working environment with co-workers


  • Experience with reading legal reports, contracts, tariffs, and regulatory commission orders is desirable
  • Prior experience at utility or industrial company desirable.


  • College sophomore or above working toward Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, Business, or related field preferred.
  • Work towards a graduate degree desirable. 
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5


  • Basic knowledge of the electric utility industry
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to prepare and give presentations
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Ability to perform work efficiently, learning to monitor effort in accordance with deadlines
  • Ability to concurrently work on multiple projects independently or as part of a team
  • Motivated self-starter


  • None required.


  • Participation in the Company’s Industry Orientation Experiences, which will include some travel and overnight stays
  • Prepare and present a synopsis of experience with the Company at the end of the internship


  • Applicant must be able to perform the essential job functions of the position with or without accommodation.

About our Company: We are a growth-oriented, vertically integrated energy company that is devoted to our communities. We have a mission to improve life with energy and a vision to be the energy partner of choice. Our diverse culture sparks unique perspectives, opening doors to new ideas and possibilities. Based in Rapid City, South Dakota, we have over 2800 employees and serve 1.2 million natural gas and electric utility customers across eight states (South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas). Our non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal.

The information contained in this position description describes the general nature and level of work being performed in this job.  This description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, duties, and requirements for employees in this position.  The incumbent is responsible for performing all duties in a safe and efficient manner in compliance with safe work procedures and safety regulations.  This job description is not intended to constitute an offer or contract of employment.   Job descriptions may and do change periodically.  


We are an EEO Employer.

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