Renewable Energy Data Analysis Year-Round Internship

National Renewable Energy Laboratory ยท Golden, CO/Remote (USA)

Data + Analytics
Clean Energy
$39600 - $63500 Per Year
Posted 2 weeks ago

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Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Protocols

Employment at NREL is contingent upon your compliance with all NREL and DOE safety protocols and mitigation efforts directed at the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, NREL requires all employees to be immunized against COVID-19. Upon hire, new employees must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination on your first day of employment. All employees must have completed vaccinations by November 1, 2021.


Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.


From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.


NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.


Job Description

A student internship is available immediately in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center in our Golden, Colorado Office. The position would be part to full-time (20 – 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 intern for up to one year after graduation.



The candidate will support a variety of tasks related to renewable energy data analysis with a focus on geothermal and solar power generation in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. The successful candidate will have strong research, data analysis, consolidation, and writing skills as well as experience compiling and manipulating large data sets for analysis. 

The candidate will support renewable energy technology, policy, market, financing, and regulatory projects through data collection, literature reviews, industry interviews, writing, and spreadsheet analysis.


Possible key projects include:

• Support analysis of the Solar Automated Permit Processing Platform Plus (SolarAPP+)

• Support analysis of permitting, inspection, and interconnection times effected by the COVID-19 pandemic

• Identify and catalogue geothermal well development on public lands, with possible travel

• Support research projects examining distributed solar and storage policies, voluntary corporate procurement, and other clean energy-related market analysis.  


Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree 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 official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Additional Required Qualifications

Excellent research, written communication, and Excel and PowerPoint skills. Must be personable, professional, and comfortable engaging with state and local stakeholders.



Preferred Qualifications

Pursuing graduate degree in environmental studies, economics, law, public policy, public administration, political science, or business, with background in renewable energy, policy, or other relevant field.

Expertise in data collection, cleaning, and manipulation and familiar with one software tool to manage and analyze data which could include STATA, SPSS, R, MATLAB or PYTHON. An ideal candidate will have a background in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Knowledge and experience in one or more:

- solar energy

- Data Analysis

- Clean energy market and policy analysis

- Renewable energy deployment and technology


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $39,600 - $63,500



Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.



Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.


* Based on eligibility rules


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 an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.


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