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Undergraduate/Graduate (Year-Round) Intern - University Partnerships and Energy Equity

🚀 Off-cycle Internship


🤑 $42.7K - $68.3K

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  • You must be a full-time undergraduate/graduate student or recent graduate with a 3.0 GPA, at least junior standing, and expertise in clean energy, climate change, research, and project management for this internship.
  • You will support NREL's university partnerships strategy by analyzing academic programs, coordinating activities with stakeholders, building relationships with diverse institutions, and conducting research on STEM education in clean energy.

Off-cycle Internship



  • The candidate will support a variety of tasks related to the strategic partnerships NREL has with universities and other stakeholders, with a particular focus on Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The successful candidate will have strong organizational, writing, and communication skills.
  • The candidate will be a self-starter that brings creativity and enthusiasm to support the strengthening of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in a way that promotes equity and inclusion through desk research, critical thinking, opportunity analyses, event planning, communications, and project management.
  • The intern's primary task will be to assist our MSI Coordinator with the Student Training and Applied Research (STAR) undergraduate internship position. The UPP team has developed and hosted this program at NREL for the last two years, and is excited to be hosting it for the third year. The STAR program brings undergraduate students in STEM from 9 different MSIs to Golden, Colorado, for a unique 10-week summer internship, and then students go back to their home universities to continue follow-on work from the summer with their home faculty mentor. The graduate intern would be primarily assisting with the planning, coordination, and logistics of this program both before and while students are on campus in Colorado for the summer, and if interested will assist with reporting and evaluation after students go back to their home institutions.


  • 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:
  • Must have at least junior/3rd-year undergraduate standing. Ideal majors include environmental/energy/climate policy, law, economics, business, or behavioural sciences, preferably with a background in the clean energy transition, climate justice, economic development, engineering, or other relevant field.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Expertise and confidence in research, critical thinking, data mining, and capturing key findings to develop clear and concise reports, briefing notes, and thought pieces. Ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills be detail-oriented and able to manage projects on tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge and experience in one or more:
  • Clean energy and climate change
  • Energy and societal issues
  • STEM education and career pathways
  • Sustainable economic and social development
  • Capacity building and student engagement

Education requirements

Currently Studying
Third Year

Area of Responsibilities



  • Support NREL strategy based on deep dives into academic programs, student demographics, and STEM support programs that would align with NREL research areas and support the growth and coordination of University Partnerships Programs (UPP);
  • Support coordination, communications and planning of activities involving multiple stakeholders including: universities, NGOs, civil society organizations, and DOE;
  • Support outreach and relationship building with cohort of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Serving Institutions that have been identified as having academic programs aligned with NREL research;
  • Support research examining barriers and opportunities for STEM undergraduate education in clean energy topics and pathways for graduate school;
  • Support in planning complex, multi-faceted projects, communications and event planning.

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

Part time

Work mode





42700 - 68300 USD