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Job Description


An advanced undergraduate or graduate student internship position is available within the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) 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 NREL staff in performing modeling and analysis of the U.S. power sector.

The position is for a full-time or part-time internship beginning in the summer and going through the fall semester. The position may be extended into 2019 depending on the candidate’s interest and available funding. The successful candidate will participate on a broad range of technology, market, climate, water, 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, modification and execution of electric system models, comparison of different model inputs and outputs, and preparing analysis results for publication.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will work with staff on the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) modeling team and external partners working on the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM) to conduct modeling and analysis of the electric power system in the U.S. Tasks may include:

  • Researching, compiling, and analyzing electric power system data
  • Modifying ReEDS code and inputs in order to implement new power sector scenarios or to test modeling assumptions
  • Comparing ReEDS and GCAM outputs and conducting sensitivity analyses associated with differences in model inputs and structures
  • Preparing analysis results for presentation, technical reports, and journal papers


    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 modeling or analyzing electricity markets
    • Experience with optimization
    • Proficiency with GAMS, 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.


    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.