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Graduate Internship (Year-Round) - Solar Technical Assistant Team

A student internship is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Integrated Applications Center. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. NREL has an immediate opening for a year-round student internship in our Golden, Colorado office. The position would be part- to full time (30-40 hours per week) during the academic year with the potential for long-term coverage during school breaks (e.g., winter holidays and summer). Potential candidates would also be eligible to work at NREL as an RPP for up to one year after graduation.

NREL seeks a self-motivated intern to support the Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT). This team provides research and analytical support to state and local government decision makers on questions related to solar policy, technology, and financing. STAT assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, and government agency staff in making informed decisions about solar projects and policies.

This STAT internship position will consist of three main tasks: supporting the STAT’s impact measurement efforts, supporting development of STAT outreach materials, supporting research projects related to state and local solar policies.

Impact Measurement

The STAT intern will support the evaluation of the technical assistance program’s impact on state and local solar markets. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining STAT’s project-tracking database, conducting interviews, collecting data, analyzing program data, and developing innovative qualitative and quantitative program metrics and evaluation approaches.

STAT Outreach

The STAT intern will support the development of STAT outreach materials, including blog posts and policy summaries, conduct market research, and provide general website maintenance. The STAT intern will support the development of an outreach strategy to target key audiences based on market insights.


The STAT intern will support both short-term and in-depth research projects focused on a variety of state and local solar policy, technology, and financing issues.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time 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.

Please Note:
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.


Preferred Qualifications

Backgrounds in engineering, finance, environmental science, public policy, economics or statistics are encouraged. Must be personable, professional, and comfortable engaging with state and local stakeholders. Excellent critical thinking, communication, research, analysis, and writing skills required. Must be able to develop ideas and solutions based on novel or unconventional approaches. Ability to apply individual initiative to accomplish tasks based on limited or partial information is essential. Knowledge of clean energy policies strongly recommended. An ideal candidate will have a background in program evaluation, survey methods, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.


Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


EEO Policy

NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

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About National Renewable Energy Laboratory

At NREL, we focus on creative answers to today's energy challenges. From breakthroughs in fundamental science to new clean technologies to integrated energy systems that power our lives, NREL researchers are transforming the way the nation and the world use energy.