Clean Energy and Grid Resiliency Internship

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Be a part of the Climate Solution!

Are you interested in energy efficiency and sustainability? Do you want to learn about and contribute to your campus’s climate change solutions? SEI’s Energize Colleges Program and Kern County Community College District are seeking students for the position of Clean Energy and Grid Resiliency Intern. Join the Energize Colleges Program to gain real-world experience by contributing to a meaningful project related to sustainability and energy efficiency!

About SEI: Building Leaders For A Resilient World, and Energize Colleges

SEI, is a nonprofit environmental consultancy that builds leaders to drive and accelerate sustainability solutions. For over 25 years, SEI has partnered with schools, communities, and businesses to develop a sustainability leadership pathway from elementary school to early career. The Energize Colleges program helps build a highly qualified energy and sustainability workforce through paid, hands-on internships and fellowships, and academic learning experiences for students to explore sustainability career opportunities.

The four goals of the Energize Colleges Internship Program are to:

  • Develop intern awareness, knowledge, and behavior associated with energy concepts including energy efficiency (internship emphasis), distributed generation, demand response, water efficiency, decarbonization, and zero waste.
  • Develop interns’ technical skills and career readiness by providing training, hands-on experience, and work and/or internship experiences.
  • Provide resources and mentoring to increase interns’ knowledge of energy careers.
  • Develop interns’ skills in the coordination of energy, education, and workforce development projects.

Interns work 150 hours in total at $20 per hour and are expected to assist their site with energy efficiency-related projects and the creation of campus education and outreach materials.

The position starts in February 2024 and concludes no later than May 2024. This is a hybrid position, work is conducted on-site 1 day per week and remotely 4 days per week.

The Clean Energy and Grid Resilience Intern will:

  • Work with CREL staff to develop a campus-wide knowledge of energy production and efficiency survey.
  • Promote the survey to student clubs and classes to gain participants.
  • Aggregate survey results.
  • Create informational web and social media materials that address information gaps identified by the survey.
  • Promote CREL’s Clean Energy and Grid Resilience Center of Excellence and demonstration projects to Bakersfield College.
  • Develop informational materials about energy and energy efficiency careers.
  • Be a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student at Bakersfield College
  • Be interested in energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Either coursework, volunteer work, or experience in any of the following Sustainability fields: Environmental Science, Architecture, Building Construction, Engineering, HVAC, Real Estate, or Food Service Management.
  • Be able to provide a valid Federal W-9 form, required identification, and authorization for employment
  • Be an organized self-starter with excellent time management skills
  • Knowledge, familiarity, and/or a strong interest in climate change and energy concepts
  • Project management or campus organization experience is a bonus, but not required (volunteer work and coursework may count)
  • Strong communication and workplace skills, such as accountability, self-motivation, the ability to work both independently and on teams, respect, openness to giving and receiving feedback, organization, and timeliness.
  • SEI requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with exceptions made for health and/or religious reasons.

SEI is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity. We believe that a wide array of perspectives contributes to creative climate solutions where all communities thrive. We strive to reflect diverse communities, especially those most impacted by climate change and other kinds of environmental, social, and economic injustices. Persons of color, persons with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community are strongly encouraged to apply.