Graduate Summer Intern - Industrial Hygiene

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Posting Title
Graduate Summer Intern - Industrial Hygiene
CO - Golden
Position Type
Intern (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
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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.
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Job Description
The Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality Department supports mission performance and operational excellence while stewarding a safe working environment for all employees at NREL.
NREL’s intern program provides a diverse opportunity for students and recent graduates. In addition to mentorship and real, hands-on experience, students and recent graduates will participate in professional development activities that will help strengthen their technical and professional skills.
The successful candidate will be managing various types of Industrial Hygiene (IH) and Occupational Health data streams – with focus on developing quality data management systems and infrastructure under the guidance of senior Industrial Hygienists. The candidate will be responsible for classifying existing IH data prior to developing integrated analytics in our custom platforms. Hands-on IH monitoring will also be part of the internship, including calibration and maintenance of certain IH monitoring equipment.
The applicants should be knowledgeable in all forms of Industrial Hygiene hazards, corresponding controls, and sampling methodologies including but not limited to acoustic hazards, chemical hazards, radiation hazards (both ionizing and non-ionizing), and physical hazards. Ideal candidates will have experience with statistical tools, best practice data management approaches, and creation of custom tools, either in the Microsoft suite (i.e. Excel or SharePoint) or on other platforms (R shiny app, other GUIs). This internship will be very data-focused, so a passion for data optimization and maximization is key.
Ideal candidates will have demonstrated experience with projects involving:
  • Application of IH sampling and monitoring techniques for a variety of hazards and statistical interpretation of those data;
  • Using software to create data management systems and user interfaces;
  • Building data interfaces with a high emphasis on the non-technical user experience using good principles of design.
Basic Qualifications
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.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Experience with one or more of the following: Software: R Studio, SPSS, Matlab, or other similar statistical platform.
  • Fluency in Excel and proficiency in the rest of the Microsoft Suite.
  • Prior experience (research, employment, etc.) in the application of Industrial Hygiene techniques.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Enrollment in a Master’s program focusing on Industrial Hygiene (ESHQ). (Strong Bachelor's students may also be considered.)Prior experience in design and execution of user interfaces, either custom or software based (Shiny App, Nintex Forms, Power BI, etc.);
  • Prior experience in creating custom data tools, both to manage and interpret data;
  • Prior experience in ESHQ management systems, management of change within those systems and documents, and architecting strong programs with clear and executable requirements.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: Graduate I / Annual Salary Range: $42,700 - $68,300
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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.
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