Job Description

20 hours per week if currently enrolled student, OR up to 40 hours per week for recently graduated students & students between academic semesters.

A graduate student internship position is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center. NREL is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

We have an opening for a graduate student intern in our Golden, Colorado office. The intern will join a team of researchers in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center ( who perform resource, market, and impact assessments of energy technologies.

The projects the intern will support provide local US governments with data and knowledge related to organic waste material (food waste, wastewater sludge, animal manure, and fats, oils, and greases [FOG]) availability and anaerobic digestion (AD) opportunities. The intern will modify existing models developed in Python, tailor them to specific geographic locations, interpret results and communicate them to stakeholders. The intern will also prepare case studies of existing AD systems in the US and actively participate in discussions with stakeholders about organic waste and AD opportunities in their jurisdictions. The intern will also be involved in report writing, preparing data visualizations materials and presentations. Based on performance, this position allows for participation in other NREL resource/market analyses and model development.


Basic Qualifications

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. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:
•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.


Additional Required Qualifications

Desired Education, Experience and Skills

Applicants must have demonstrated experience with analyses and data related to organic waste and AD systems (e.g. type, configuration, performance, cost, etc.). Advanced Python and Excel skills are essential for this position. Basic GIS skills either using ArcGIS or open source software (e.g. QGIS) are desired. Knowledge of statistical methods and energy system modeling are desirable but not required. Excellent oral and written communication as well as recordkeeping will be essential. A strong candidate will have proven abilities to develop informative papers and presentations and to manage work to meet deadlines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with previous experience with resource, market, policy, infrastructure, or environmental analyses related to organic waste.
  • The applicant will ideally be proficient in Python, Excel, and have a strong publication record compared to peers at similar levels of education and career experience.
  • The applicant should be able to work independently within a team environment.