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Internship - New Technology Demonstration Support
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Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.

NREL is seeking a student intern to support technical analysis projects in the Applied Engineering Group, Integrated Applications Center (IAC), Energy Systems Integration (ESI) directorate. The Center helps organizations such as federal agencies, state and local governments, communities, and the private sector to develop strategies, analyze opportunities, and implement an integrated portfolio of energy technologies.

In this internship, the student will work directly with senior engineers on new technology demonstration projects for the General Services Administration (GSA) Green Proving Ground (GPG), the Department of Defense (DoD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and possibly others. The GSA GPG and DoD ESTCP programs utilizes GSA and DoD’s real estate portfolio to test and evaluate innovative and underutilized sustainable technologies and practices. NREL’s role is to design and install research grade data acquisition systems and monitor the performance of the technologies and create technical reports summarizing the technologies’ performance and deployment potential at other sites. The intern will be responsible for helping to analyze technology performance data, develop regression-based performance models, and help write technical reports. The intern will also be responsible for using analysis tools to assist NREL engineers in evaluating energy project opportunities for federal agencies through the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP).

Specific Job Duties include:

  • Conduct research and disseminate information on emerging energy technologies
  • Review measurement and verification plans created by technical POC’s for ESTCP technology demonstrations
  • Download data from NREL data loggers and / or SkySpark and process measurement and verification data
  • Weather normalize performance data and create regression based performance models using Microsoft Excel, SkySpark, R or other applicable statistical modeling programs
  • Create energy models of evaluated technologies in order to model energy savings at the demonstration site and / or other applicable facility types using Open Studio, Energy Plus, or other applicable building energy modeling programs
  • Write technical reports for applicable new technology demonstration projects
  • Correspond with clients regarding demonstration data, performance results and additional data needs
  • Present results to clients and revise results and reports in response to client comments
  • Evaluate technical and economic feasibility of energy projects analysis tools such as eQUEST, REopt, SAM, HOMER, and RetScreen

Desired Qualifications:

  • Engineering experience
  • Programming experience
  • Expert knowledge of MS Excel
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills
  • Ability to collaborate with team members in a flexible work environment
  • Ability to work independently
  • High standards of work quality
  • Smart, intellectually curious, analytical, and tenacious in finding solutions
  • Adaptable to a variety of roles and projects


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: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using energy systems software tools such as Open Studio, Energy Plus, eQUEST, Trane Trace, SAM, HOMER, and RETscreen
  • Experience applying engineering skills to energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) problems
  • Experience conducting statistical analysis using software products such as Microsoft Excel or R
  • Experience using scripting languages for processing large quantities of M&V performance data


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.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, click here.

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.