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Graduate Internship – Buildings and Thermal Energy Systems

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


🤑 $42.7K - $68.3K

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  • You must be a full-time student or recent graduate with a 3.0 GPA, show a strong desire to learn and deliver results, have excellent communication skills, and possess a background in thermal sciences, heat transfer modeling, and programming. Experience in thermal energy storage is preferred.
  • You will perform experiments, design thermal components, analyze data, develop numerical models, and assist in project management for building and thermal energy systems at NREL.

Off-cycle Internship



  • The successful candidate should have a strong background in thermodynamics and heat transfer, be able to independently work on experiments and modeling of thermal energy systems, and have experience in thermal system design and characterization using experimental as well as modeling tools. The candidate will contribute to the ongoing research in the area of thermal energy storage technologies for buildings. The candidate is expected to demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to document the research in the form of journal articles and presentations.


  • Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Candidates who have earned a degree may work for a period not to exceed 12 months. Must have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Additional Required Qualifications:
  • Candidate should have a strong aptitude to learn and explore the field needed for development, to be motivated and dedicated, and to deliver research results on time and on budget.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, documentation skills, oral and writing proficiency.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • The candidate will get the opportunity to be involved in detailed thermal modeling and experimental research, along with system integration. A successful candidate will have:
  • Strong background in thermal sciences (i.e. thermodynamics, heat and mass transfer, fluid mechanics) theory, heat-transfer experiments, and numerical modeling.
  • Knowledge of thermal energy storage materials and/or components and systems.
  • Knowledge of programming for heat transfer modeling and data analysis (i.e. MATLAB and Engineering Equation Solver (EES))
  • Demonstrated research capability and creativity to solve challenging problems, as well as the ability to work well in a team.
  • Demonstrated experience in some or all of the following:
  • Experimentation and numerical modeling of heat transfer and energy systems
  • Sensible and latent thermal energy storage

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities



  • Perform laboratory experiments on materials and fluid/thermal components at NREL’s laboratories
  • Develop, design, and analyze new thermal components for buildings and HVAC
  • Improve, develop, and use first-principles numerical modeling tools of thermal components and systems
  • Assist in project management, including writing reports, journal articles, and presentations for program review or conferences

Application process

  • You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
  • If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Work type

Full time

Work mode





42700 - 68300 USD