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 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 Integrated Decision Support (IDS) group within the Integrated Applications Center (IAC) helps partners transition to clean energy by applying NREL research, analysis, and experience in real-world contexts in order to solve problems and support decision making. Staff backgrounds in IDS include public policy, urban planning, systems thinking, economics and finance, engineering, and project management.
The Integrated Decision Support Group has an opening for a year-round graduate student internship in our Golden, Colorado office. The position would be full time (40 hours per week) through the end of the internship. Graduating and recently graduated masters and doctoral students qualify for a graduate student internship at NREL (see basic qualifications). This position within IDS supports NREL projects that connect clean energy solutions to developing country climate and clean energy efforts through an understanding of power systems, climate change, and international development.
The successful candidate will have strong research and communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening) and prior education, coursework, or professional experience in economics, energy policy, international development, public policy, resilience, regulation, decarbonization; sustainability; and/or climate mitigation. In addition, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of approaching research questions in a thorough manner, placing them in the context of relevant stakeholders (e.g., a particular decision-maker or perspective), and translating research into digestible summaries for the non-expert. Project management and coordination experience preferred. Ability to support stakeholder relationship management and development across diverse cultures and backgrounds also preferred.
The successful candidate will support various international clean energy and climate projects at NREL. Duties may include supporting full-time technical staff in conducting background research on topics related to clean energy, climate change, and international development; translating technical information for a general audience; supporting project implementation and coordination; supporting virtual learning experiences for non-technical audiences; and supporting strategic communications efforts. Additional duties may include supporting cross-functional teams in conducting thorough, high-quality research and analysis to inform project development and deployment initiatives; writing technical reports, factsheets, and other resources; and assessments of industry, sectoral, or geographic trends.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a desire to deepen knowledge in clean energy topics and a passion for communicating to non-technical audiences, including high-level decision-makers. Exceptional teaming, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills as well as the ability to work independently, problem solve, take initiative, and think critically are also required.
Relevant professional experience in related field
Exceptional writing, presentation, and communication skills
Proven organization skills
Familiarity with Microsoft Office suite
Excels at working within a team environment
Familiarity with online collaboration platforms (e.g., Webex, MS Teams, Zoom, etc.)
Must be enrolled as a student in a degree granting 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
Be sure to attach your current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) on the "Submit Attachments" Page during the application process in order for your GPA and student status to be verified. Please also submit a cover letter and past writing sample on a relevant topic. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Additional Required Qualifications
Please also submit a cover letter and past writing sample on a relevant topic. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Annual Salary Range: $39,600 - $63,500
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