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US Department of Energy – Office of Indian Energy Summer Internships at Sandia National Laboratories

Summary

Current full-time technical undergraduates and graduate students—who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues—are needed to support projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. As student interns, they’ll assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific technical tasks in the field and at Sandia National Laboratories.

Interns will interact with Sandia’s renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia’s American Indian Outreach Committee. The program offers interns the opportunity for instant immersion in project planning and development activities working directly with experienced, internationally recognized energy experts. The work requires travel, including field visits to renewable energy project sites.

Requirements

Current full-time technical undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and Sandia National Laboratories will give preference to American Indian applicants who are members of a federally recognized Tribe, Alaska Native village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required.

Applicants must pass a pre-employment security check (local and federal law enforcement, driver’s history, personal references, and education, credit, and employment checks).

Hands-On Experience

Over the course of the 12-week internship, interns will gain experience with some or all of the following renewable energy systems:

  • On-grid photovoltaic (PV) installations — New Mexico
  • Off-grid PV electricity system — Arizona and New Mexico
  • Off-grid PV/small wind hybrid system — Arizona, Utah (Navajo), and California (Ramona)
  • Large-scale commercial wind farm — New Mexico (Taiban Mesa)
  • Solar power tower — New Mexico (Sandia Labs)
  • Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs).

Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs).

Application Process

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Position Type

internship

Link

http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/internships.cfm

Closing Date

March 27, 2016

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