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. See below for internship position details.

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Fall 2017 Open Positions

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Housing Sustainability Intern
Project Supervisor:
 Dr. Rachel Harvey, Sustainability Program Manager, UCI Student Housing

UCI Housing Sustainability is always looking for new and innovative ways to align on-campus student housing with the university’s sustainability goals. UCI Housing Sustainability seeks an Energize Colleges intern to help pilot the Green Room Audit and Certification Program in on-campus residential facilities.
  • Pilot the Green Room Audit and Certification Program in on-campus residential housing facilities
  • Compile metrics on energy, cost, and emissions reduced by the Green Room program pilot
  • Conduct student outreach on energy efficiency and other sustainability topics with Global Sustainability Resource Center staff and students
  • High school outreach – communicate renewable energy projects and principles to high school students

Sustain OC Energize Colleges Intern
Project Supervisor:
April Economides, Orange County Director, Energize California (Sustain OC)

Sustain OC helps accelerate sustainability in the greater Orange County region through innovation, collaboration, and education. Most recently, SustainOC helped launch Energize California, a program that will bring new clean energy technologies to market in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. 
  • Database support
  • E-newsletter assistance (writing, layout)
  • Social media support
  • Event planning assistance
  • Orange County and energy-related research as needed
  • High School Outreach – communicate renewable energy curriculum/projects to high school students

Interested in Applying to be 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 Fellow Rachel Pennington at penningr@uci.edu.

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Summer 2017 Interns

Paola Granados, Energize Housing Intern

The Green Room Certification Program will be a way to educate and engage on-campus residents with the school’s goals in energy efficiency and sustainability. Paola’s task this summer is to come up with a program that is specific to the housing facilities at UCI. Outreach is the primary goal of this program and in addition to it, she will be working on developing outreach presentations and programs for k-12 students.
Paola is a 3rd-year student currently pursuing a degree in Urban Studies as well as minors in Literary Journalism and Sustainability. She loves anything that has to do with art and culture and would one day like to spend her days traveling and learning about different perspectives. Paola loves getting creative and thoroughly enjoys the challenge of repurposing old items. When she’s not mindlessly doodling, Paola is routinely getting lost on her bike or a new book.

Arhon Chua, Energize Housing Intern

Arhon’s objective at the Energize Colleges Program is to work with UCI Housing Sustainability to manage or provide support to specific projects that promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability on campus residential facilities. This includes: helping create a Green Room Audit/Certification Program for on-campus housing facilities; performing research on energy usage, energy audits, sustainable procurement, interviews and/or focus groups with Housing staff or residents; and developing materials to communicate renewable energy.
Arhon is an upcoming junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and majoring in Chemical Engineering with a specialization in energy and the environment at the University of California, Irvine. As an undergraduate student, he has been highly involved in engineering clubs such as AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and FUSION (Filipinos Unifying Scientists-Engineers in an Organized Network). Currently, his studies have been focused on the design and development of chemical/biochemical processes and the application of chemical engineering thermodynamics.

Lucy Polhill, Carbon Offsets Intern

The carbon offsets project is designed to research and compile database of viable off-campus carbon offset options both locally and internationally. The goal is to help to align carbon offset options with UCI’s broader community resilience and social equity goals and collaborate with the energy justice intern to design student engagement and participation efforts regarding carbon offsets. This entails contacting successful carbon offset groups to gather information on best practices. The project communicates renewable energy curriculum/projects to high school students.
Lucy is an Environmental Science major with a minor in Global Sustainability, who is passionate about environmental research and marine conservation. She worked in Indonesia for eight months where she got her dive master and continued working in shark conservation research. She is interested in research that benefits the local community as well as globally. In this internship she is able to communicate with carbon offset organizations and collaborate to figure out the practices best suited for UCI and the surrounding community.

Eric Yang, Energy Justice Intern

Starting in June of 2017, Eric was given the opportunity to participate on campus at the Global Sustainability Resource Center as the Energy Justice Intern. This position was to create and design campus projects that will be both educational and engaging. The projects will help students become more aware of the social dynamics of and the strides being made towards renewable energy. The projects’ roles are to increase the student participation in a campus wide efforts to reach net carbon neutrality by 2025.
Born and raised in South Korea until the age of 8 years old, Eric Yang immigrated to the US with his family in the year 2001. He is currently on his 4th year at UCI pursuing Business Economics. Eric got more involved when he first transferred in the year 2016 from his local community college. He brought his experiences and knowledge from his local community that he has served for years to the UCI campus. Since the first quarter, Eric became one of student coordinators for SOAR (Student Outreach and Retention). In that position, he has organized and facilitated program and events for the Dreamers Office. Currently he part of the Energize College Internship as the Energy Justice Intern. He plans to bring awareness and care to the marginalized communities.

Dongyang Li, Energy Engineering Intern

Advanced Energy Communities (AECs) in California assist in accelerating deployment of renewable energy resources from 27% at present to 33% by 2020. AECs contribute to a feasibility study of a solar powered microgrid within the low-income community of Oak View; a neighborhood in Huntington Beach, CA. The student will help to conduct an energy demand study of Oak View to better understand the extent of retrofit needed to supply its energy needs with a solar microgrid. The project will develop a set of advanced design, integration and control strategies of energy infrastructure for a real community. The findings will be extensive and the design of the community is potentially replicable to other communities throughout California. It will also improve the living conditions and environment of the community.
Dongyang is a 5th undergraduate double majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He believes it is significant for the world to shift from using fossil fuels to renewables. As an energy model of AEC project, he wants to utilize what he learned from school to improve a low-income community in terms of its energy consumption and environment by understanding its energy demand and finding an optimal retrofit.

Hanin Alhassan, Energy Estimating Intern

Advanced Energy Communities (AECs) in California assist in accelerating deployment of renewable energy resources from 27% at present to 33% by 2020. AECs contribute to a feasibility study of a solar powered microgrid within the low-income community of Oak View; a neighborhood in Huntington Beach, CA. The student will help to conduct an energy demand study of Oak View to better understand the extent of retrofit needed to supply its energy needs with a solar microgrid. The project will develop a set of advanced design, integration and control strategies of energy infrastructure for a real community. The findings will be extensive and the design of the community is potentially replicable to other communities throughout California. It will also improve the living conditions and environment of the community.
Hanin is an Engineering student in the University of California in Irvine, double majoring in Mechanical and Material Science Engineering. In her free time, she loves to watch documentaries and science videos unrelated to her fields of study. She aims to solve problems by finding permanent, sustainable solutions. Furthermore, she hopes that one day she can show the new generation (especially young girls) the beauty and awesomeness of STEM fields, help them realize their potential in these fields, and find new ways to teach science and math to make the phrases “I’m bad at physics,” “I hate math” …etc. obsolete.