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Undergraduate Summer Intern - Membrane Durability

🚀 Summer Internship


🤑 $34K - $54.4K

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  • You must be a current or recent full-time university student with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have experience with membrane materials and relevant analysis methods for electrochemical devices.
  • You will support research on polymer/membrane degradation for energy conversion devices, performing characterization, materials screening, and data review. Aim to identify durable materials for electrochemical applications.

Summer Internship

Research & Development, ScienceGolden


  • The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
  • NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


  • 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • An acceptable candidate should have experience with membrane material for electrochemical devices and requisite analysis and characterization methods including but not limited to NMR, impedance analysis, Raman spectroscopy.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • This position will support research in NREL’s Chemistry and Nanoscience Center focused on understanding polymer/membrane degradation in support of the development of electrochemical energy conversion devices. The candidate will work as part of a diverse team to support various projects with academic, industrial, or national laboratory partners. Common job tasks will include efforts such as polymer characterization and/or membrane characterization specifically focused on postmortem analysis.
  • The candidate will be responsible for performing polymer and/or membrane related research, coordinating with their mentor on experimental design, materials screening, reviewing data and iterating on research focus. The materials of interest will predominantly be ion containing polymers used under aqueous conditions. There are research needs in both the polymer chemistry area as well as membrane fabrication including the possibility of composite and/or bipolar membrane architectures.
  • The overarching goal for this work is to identify promising polymers and membranes that will provide durable performance under operation in electrochemical energy conversion devices or in separations applications.


Work type

Full time

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34000 - 54400 USD