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Posting Title

Graduate Student Intern – Life Cycle Assessment



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

A graduate student internship position is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

We have an opening for a graduate student intern in our Golden, Colorado office. The intern will join a team of researchers in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center (www.nrel.gov/analysis) who perform environmental sustainability assessments of energy technologies.

The project the intern will support will be evaluating the life cycle impacts of a range of circular economy strategies being applied to different photovoltaic technologies. The intern will lead a literature review of LCA data for the PV technologies and how to model a range of end of life strategies. Additionally, the intern will support development of graphics to display results of analysis.

Desired Education, Experience and Skills

  • Background in sustainability analysis and statistical analysis, input-output analysis, life cycle analysis
  • Familiarity with photovoltaic technologies and manufacturing analysis.

Candidate must have completed their undergraduate degree in environmental, chemical or systems engineering, economics, environmental science.

Excellent oral and written communication as well as recordkeeping will be essential. A strong candidate will have proven abilities to develop informative papers and presentations and to manage work to meet deadlines.


Basic QualificationsMust 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.


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree student in environmental engineering and related disciplines, with focus on life cycle assessment. Level of duties can vary according to education and experience of candidate.
  • Experience reviewing literature
  • Broad knowledge across energy technologies
  • Statistics coursework/experience
  • Knowledge of relational databases/SQL
  • Experience with openLCA, Simapro, or other LCA software
  • Be able to work independently in a team environment


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.