Summer Graduate Intern: Energy/Water Analyst National Renewable Energy Laboratory National Renewable Energy Laboratory 108 reviews

Posting Title

Summer Graduate Intern: Energy/Water Analyst





Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Strategic Energy Analysis Center (SEAC; ) performs environmental sustainability assessments of energy technologies. With objective, technology-neutral analysis, SEAC aims to increase understanding of energy policies, markets, resources, technologies, and infrastructure to address US economic, security, and environmental priorities.

The candidate will support a variety of tasks related to climate, water related impacts to the power sector and trade-offs across multiple water users in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center. The successful candidate will have strong research and writing skills as well as experience compiling and manipulating large data sets for analysis.

The candidate will work with research staff on water resources and electricity system modelling in order to understand the impact of climate, water risk, and hydropower role in evolving power grid operation.

Possible key projects include:

  • Support analysis work examining power and nonpower outcome related to hydropower operation in the electricity system.
  • Support research projects examining hydropower operation changes in higher level of renewable energy integration.
  • Collaborate with other national labs in production cost model set up, validation and date sharing
  • Post-process large electricity grid simulations. This includes setting up good quality control procedures and high impact visualizations of the results for publication.


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.


Additional Required Qualifications

Strong experience working with Python and R will be required to be successful in this position. Experience with PLEXOS is preferred but not required.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's or PhD degree student in engineering, environmental studies, economics, with background in renewable energy, or relevant field.

Some programming knowledge is necessary but some on-the-job learning is also expected.

Background using PLEXOS software, R, and/or Python as well as knowledge of statistical methods, reservoir operations, hydrologic modeling, transmission-level grid integration issues, hydropower, thermal power plants, or electricity load modeling are desirable.


Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $39,600 – $63,500

Of fers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.

* Based on eligibility rules

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.


EEO Policy

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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