Water Power Graduate Intern
CO - Boulder
Intern (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
A graduate student internship is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Wind Technology Center to support water power technology and cost analysis. An ideal candidate will have the ability to work part time during the school year (10-20 hours per week) and full-time during breaks if available. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. We have an opening for student with availability for a yearlong commitment. The position is part time (10-15 hours per week) during the academic school year and full time (40 hours per week) during the summer months.
This intern will be supporting the water power group, which supports market acceleration for marine energy technologies. We are looking for a highly organized intern with excellent writing and research skills.
This intern will support the water power economic impact analysis effort, including:
Work with Senior Engineers to design sub-systems within marine energy applications; including but not limited to, drivetrain designs, structural assemblies, mooring configurations, electric generator designs.
Data collection and literature review to capture relevant technology, materials, manufacturing and supply chain trends and identify innovation opportunities.
Support for the development of analytical methods and models to characterize current and future technology costs, under varied technology development and deployment scenarios
Support the integration of marine energy resource data and analysis
Application of quantitative and qualitative research methods to determine the opportunity or value of technology innovation for marine energy technologies and their associated sub-components to identify key variables and sensitivities.
Evaluation of early adopter markets for marine energy technologies.
Evaluation of next generation manufacturing techniques for marine energy technologies.
Writing and supporting the publishing of research results
Team-oriented, working toward a common goal.
Desire to learn more about emerging marine energy technologies.
Ability to collect data from academia and other stakeholder groups.
Passion for renewable energy technology with a specific interest in water power technologies.
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: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.
Additional Required Qualifications
Minimum 3.25 GPA in the last completed semester.
Master’s degree student in Mechanical or Ocean Engineering, or related engineering discipline.
Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.
Interdisciplinary coursework in energy.
Engineering background and experience.
Works well in groups and individually with moderate supervision and feedback
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