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Job Description

An advanced undergraduate/graduate student internship position is available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center’s Forecasting and Modeling group in our Golden, Colorado office. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The immediate opening is to assist energy analysts in electricity system planning modeling and analyses. The position can be full- or part-time starting immediately. The successful candidate may participate on a broad range of technology, market, and policy analyses that leverage power system modeling tools. Duties may include development of model inputs for renewable technologies or other components, analysis of power sector policies or regulations, analysis and characterization of scenario results, and modification and execution of electric system models.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will working with staff on the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) modeling team to conduct model development and analysis of the electric power system in the Unites States. Tasks may include:

  • Researching, compiling, and analyzing electric power system data
  • With guidance from senior staff, modifying existing ReEDS code in order to implement a variety of policies and assumptions within the model
  • Working with senior analysts to conduct modeling analysis exploring the impacts of a wide variety of assumptions and policies on power system evolution
  • Calibrating the model based on historical data
  • Exploring improvements to model performance and tractability


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: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Background in power systems, energy economics, policy analysis, or engineering, and basic experience working with models
  • Experience with optimization, specifically linear programming
  • Experience using optimization modeling software (e.g., GAMS, AMPL) and solvers software (e.g., CPLEX, GUROBI)
  • Proficiency with R or Python


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.


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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.