Energize Colleges Internships 2018-02-20T09:21:23+00:00

Energize Colleges Internships

The Energize Colleges Program’s parent non-profit organization, Strategic Energy Innovations, offers paid energy internships to UC Irvine students interested in campus energy management, energy justice, and clean energy enterprise. Each internship runs for one academic term (10 weeks) and interns work approximately 7-10 hours per week at $13.00 per hour.

Now recruiting for Spring Quarter! To apply for an open position, send your resume and cover letter to UCI’s Energize Colleges Program Coordinator Rachel Pennington at penningr@uci.edu by February 23, 2018. See open position details below.

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Open Positions (Spring 2018)

 

Project Engineer Intern, Commercial Design, SunPower

Location: Anaheim, CA

  • Description: Intern will assist engineers on the Commercial Project Design and Engineering team in designing and managing commercial rooftop, carport, and ground mount projects. Intern will gain exposure to the full project lifecycle, including the proposal and due diligence, design, and construction administration phases. Additional projects may include updating template Scope of Work documents for due diligence and design, and creating a preliminary database of recommended third-party structural engineering consultants. This internship project requires one to two days with additional hours. Exact day will be decided upon with intern manager based upon intern’s school schedule
  • Specific Qualifications: 
    • Self-starter, assertive learner
    • Organized with the ability to prioritize tasks effectively
    • Clear communicator with technical writing skills
    • Strong math and analytical skills
  • Acquired Skills: 
    •  Application of design principles of structural and/or civil engineering
    • Introduction to Design software: AutoCAD and proprietary solar rooftop design software
  • Additional Notes:
    • Each intern is required to complete at least one high school student engagement opportunity during their internship. This will be coordinated by your campus supervisor.

Project Development Analyst Intern, Commercial Sales, SunPower (2 Positions Available)

Location: Anaheim, CA

  • Description: Intern will assist project development analysts in the Commercial Sales team in various research and project development tasks to support the development of solar and battery storage projects for SunPower’s commercial customers. Intern will gain exposure to the sales development lifecycle, as well as assist in various research and market development activities.   This internship project requires one to two days (up to 8 hours per week).  Exact day(s) will be decided upon with intern manager based upon intern’s school schedule. We encourage candidates to treat this internship as an extended interview with the possibility of full-time/contracted employment with SunPower in the future (depending on market conditions and staffing needs). Candidates who are in the position of doing so immediately or soon after completion of the internship (e.g. seniors, night/weekend students, etc.) may receive preference in the selection process.
  • Specific Qualifications:
    • Open-minded and proactive attitude with tenacity to go extra mile
    • Organized with the ability to prioritize tasks effectively
    • Clear communicator with technical writing skills
    • Strong math and analytical skills
    • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Ability to apply data-driven concepts, such as proportions and regressions, to solve business challenges
    • Excellent attention to detail
  • Acquired Skills:
    • Application of market research principles and skills
    • Application of sales development tools
    • Introduction to various solar PV development and analytical tools
  • Additional Notes:
    • Each intern is required to complete at least one high school student engagement opportunity during their internship. This will be coordinated by your campus supervisor.

Environmental Programs Intern, City of Irvine

Location: Irvine, CA

  • Description: The Environmental Programs Intern will assist the City of Irvine’s Environmental Division in conducting background research for programs related to energy conservation and efficiency, waste reduction and active transportation. The intern will also develop content for newsletter pieces and social media, create program handouts and promotional flyers, and draft response letters to resident requests for information. The intern will assist with projects related to the exploration of a Community Choice Energy program, energy storage, development of a strategic energy plan and energy audits of City facilities.  
  • Specific Qualifications: 
    • Applicants should have strong writing skills and be comfortable working independently. Creative skills are a plus to help develop program messaging and social media content. Previous work or volunteer experience in the environmental area is preferred. 
  • Additional Notes:
    • Selected candidate will need to complete the City of Irvine’s volunteer application and background check prior to beginning their internship.
    • Each intern is required to complete at least one high school student engagement opportunity during their internship. This will be coordinated by your campus supervisor.

Interested in becoming an Energize Colleges Intern?

Applicants Must:

  • Be a currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student with a GPA of 2.5 or above
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Be able to provide valid Federal I-9 form required identification and authorization for employment
  • Be an organized self-starter with excellent time management skills
  • Have leadership and teamwork experience

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience or interest in energy efficiency, demand response and renewable energy
  • Experience or interest in environmental justice
  • Familiarity with campus-based groups and organizations
  • Familiarity with campus staff and administrators
  • Specialized skills such as:
    • Data analysis
    • Classroom experience
    • Strong communication: speaking, writing, editing skills
    • Graphic design
    • Technical knowledge, engineering background
    • Project and budget management

To apply for an open position, send your resume and cover letter to UCI’s Energize Colleges Program Coordinator Rachel Pennington at penningr@uci.edu.

Fall 2017 Interns

Gissel Enriquez, Climate Research Intern

Under the department of Earth System Science, Professor Steve Davis’ research aims at understanding the challenge of satisfying global demand for energy, food, and goods without emitting CO2 to the atmosphere is a central challenge of the 21st century.  Through Energize Colleges, Gissel will be assisting Professor Davis in researching labor hour changes per industry sector in the US and China and using this data to find correlation to item usage.

Gissel is entering here fourth year as a double Earth System Science and Urban Studies major. She is the current Physical Science Senator for ASUCI (Associated Student University of California, Irvine) and believes students can create a great impact for positive environmental change. She has a strong passion to learn and educate others to aim a behavioral change towards a sustainable environment. Gissel loves the sustainability community in UCI and is always looking forward to meet and share her ideas with others. 

Brandon Macias, Solar Installation and Outreach Intern, GRID Alternatives

As a Solar Installation and Outreach Intern, my work with GRID will encompass the installation of solar panels on low-income households. Solar panels give these low-income communities access to cleaner energy and reduced electrical expenses. I will be learning about a variety of topics in photovoltaic systems, which includes the tools and methods used for installing the panels, the design of the system (sizing it according to power demands), all the corresponding electrical components, and the communities that GRID Alternatives’ serves. Throughout the internship I will be coordinating with employees in construction, the warehouse, and the outreach department to get insight on the whole process of installing a system on a home.

I am a senior in materials science engineering who wants to work in the renewable energy industry after graduating. I want to work with others in an effort to make the world a more sustainable place. I am the president and founder of the UCI chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, a project-based organization with the goal of providing students with more hands-on experience with engineering projects focused in sustainability. It is great to see students take initiative to learn and start new projects on campus. In my free time I love to noodle around on guitar, play video games, and ride around on a bike. Along with a career in renewable energy, I hope to record music in the future!

Owen Yang, Energize Housing Intern

When it comes to how to be more energy efficient, what commonly comes to mind is how to make everyday appliances more energy efficient. However, another important factor includes the behavior of consumers. Owen’s project of The Green Room Certification Program aims to inform housing residents of UCI about how to make everyday lifestyle choices to help create a more sustainable campus. This quarter, his goal is to pilot this program in residential living spaces as well as making this program more better for years to come.

Owen is a 2nd -year Computer Science and Engineering Student at UCI. As a Computer Science and Engineering student he hopes to solve real-world problems such as environmental issues. As a current Energize Colleges Intern he aims to learn more about energy efficiency and sustainable lifestyle choices. He also loves working on DIY projects such as origami projects or just building anything mechanical that moves. In his free time, he likes to play bassoon, play soccer, and sleep.

Ivette Morales, Closed Loop Plastics Intern

I am part of Closed Loop Plastics (CLP), a company that takes plastic waste and converts it into 3D printable filament. As an intern, I help with researching what different types of plastics can be added to our product as well as what would work better for the consumer. Because the company is so new and upcoming, I have the ability to work on the new branding and aesthetics that CLP needs.

I am a third year Art major with a minor in Materials Science Engineering. I am from Pasadena, CA. I am part of Closed Loop Plastics, a company that takes plastic waste and converts it into 3D printable filament. CLP started as an environmental senior design project that worked within the Speculative Prototyping Lab at the art school. I was on the team as a second year and got asked to be an intern for this coming school year.  A few facts about myself are that I love cats, as my personal art practice, I mainly work on sculpture (wood working, welding, etc).