Opportunity: Women in Power System Transformation – Graduate Summer Intern

Women in Power System Transformation aims to increase gender equality in the global transition to clean energy by providing in-depth technical capacity building and leadership training for women in developing countries, such that they are prepared to excel in science and engineering professional roles in the rapidly evolving power sector. To support this mission, Women in Power System Transformation is now accepting applications to its summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate university students.

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Posting Title: Women in Power System Transformation – Graduate Summer Intern
Position Type: Intern (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week: 40

Job Description
From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our eight employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected, and they can be their authentic selves.

NREL serves as a core team member of the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) Consortium, an expert-and-practitioner-driven global initiative engaging key power system operators around the world to accelerate the clean energy transition. In collaboration with the US Agency for International Development, the G-PST recently launched a program called Women in Power System Transformation under the G-PST workforce development pillar with a key focus on supporting women and broader gender diversity and equity in the power sector. The Graduate Intern will join a team of researchers in NREL’s Energy Systems Integration Directorate who are engaged with power system modeling, analysis and deployment activities globally. The Graduate Intern will also be part of a training to build leadership skills and enable agency-based empowerment to support successful outcomes in power sector careers.

The successful candidate will work closely with NREL staff on analysis and deployment activities particularly around power system operation; collaborate with fellow G-PST interns; and support opportunities to bring analysis, research, and knowledge back to institutions and organizations in developing countries. Key activities may include: conducting a survey of system operators around the world to learn about their needs and interests related to advanced high variable renewable energy power systems, use of key analytic tools and data such as PSS/E, PSLF, PSCAD, and Power Factory to support power system modeling, and collaboration with developing country system operators to support application of advanced power system operational and engineering solutions.

Deliverables / Expected Outcomes

  • Oral or poster presentation on the outcome of their G-PST-related research and analytic activities and training on agency-based empowerment
  • Pre and post survey on the experience, learning, change of perspective, etc.

Report requirements, submission instructions, and additional guidance will be provided at the beginning of the internship period.

Basic Qualifications
Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree 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 official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.
If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.

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