Job Description

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. The Strategy, Policy & Implementation Group within the Integrated Applications Center (IAC) is a multidisciplinary team of experts that helps empower decision makers with knowledge to adopt renewable energy and energy efficiency policies and strategies by providing solutions to accelerate clean, resilient energy transitions using technology, policy, social and market insights.

The Strategy, Policy & Implementation Group has an opening for a year-round student internship in our Golden, Colorado office. The position would be part- to full-time (20-40 hours per week) through the end of the internship. 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.

Job Duties

The successful candidate will support various efforts and projects at NREL that include support to student competitions in building science; technical assistance programs to federal partners; clean energy transitions; and energy system resilience.

Duties may include: supporting full-time technical staff in writing technical reports, assisting in the organization of conferences and events, developing communications to collegiate competition teams, and website support, such as content management. Additional duties may include: supporting cross-functional teams in conducting thorough, high-quality research and analysis to inform: project development and deployment; energy and water projects and initiatives domestically and in developing countries; and assessments of industry or sectoral trends. This work could also entail background research in support of technical assistance programs and supporting proposal development and new project implementation.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a desire to deepen knowledge in clean energy topics. Exceptional teaming, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills as well as the ability to work independently and problem solve are also required.

The successful candidate will have strong research and communication skills (writing, speaking and listening). Prior education, coursework, or experience in sustainable building design; architecture; HVAC; energy policy, regulation, planning or implementation; distributed generation; resilience; energy-water-food nexus; systems thinking; and/ or climate impacts on energy or water systems. In addition, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of approaching research questions in a thorough manner and translating research into digestible summaries for the non-expert. Some background in data analysis is preferred.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, or equivalent technical discipline
  • Relevant coursework in energy, systems thinking, and/ or building science
  • Exceptional writing, presentation, and communication skills
  • Proven organization skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite
  • Excels at working within a team environment,
  • Experience as a student in the Solar Decathlon, Solar District Cup, or other buildings student design competition is helpful but not required.