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. NREL’s University Partnerships Program aims to build and strengthen partnerships with leading universities and research institutions to leverage NREL’s scientific knowledge and state-of-the-art facilities to solve complex, multidisciplinary challenges in energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, renewable power technologies, and grid integration.

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 underrepresented groups.  The successful candidate will have strong research, writing, and communication skills.

The successful candidate will bring enthusiasm and creativity support the strengthening of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in a way that promotes equity and inclusion through research, critical thinking, opportunity analyses, and interviews with key internal/external stakeholders.

Possible key projects include:

  • Conducting research and analysis of energy justice, energy equity, and climate justice issues related to the clean energy transition and identify key focus areas for NREL and value proposition and engagement strategies with universities;
  • Conducting research on tribal colleges to develop a landscape analysis and NREL strategy based on deep dives into academic programs, student demographics, and STEM support programs that would align with NREL research areas;
  • Supporting coordination and planning of the Cross Lab Community Capability Coordination (CLCCC) NREL seminar series on equity in clean energy policies and programs focused on best practices, innovative approaches, and thought leadership coming from universities, NGOs, civil society organizations, and DOE;
  • Supporting outreach and relationship building with cohort of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic Serving Institutions that have been identified as having academic programs aligned with NREL research;
  • Supporting research examining barriers and opportunities for STEM undergraduate education in clean energy topics and pathways for graduate school;
  • And other related activities as identified.

NREL’s intern program provides a diverse opportunity for students and recent graduates. In addition to mentorship and real, hands-on experience, students and recent graduates will participate in professional development activities that will help strengthen their technical and professional skills.