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Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program

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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation - Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER)

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Internships to Rhode Island graduate and undergraduate students to develop work experience and skills in the renewable energy industry. The program is intended for students from a range of fields who will participate in a paid mentored internship where they attend conferences, gather and analyze data, and engage in research projects. Students will be able to professionally develop under the mentorship of an industry partner to combat real-world problems in energy and the environment.

Key Goals:

  • Gain significant career opportunities in a challenging work environment
  • Support the need for greater diversity in the workforce
  • Develop useful skills by participating in projects, gathering and analyzing data, developing communication materials, and much more!

The objectives of the Clean Energy Internship Program are to:

  • Provide the clean energy community with a talented pool of young professionals.
  • Enable students to gain significant career opportunities in a challenging economic environment.
  • Enable clean energy employers to mentor students and provide internship opportunities across a broad spectrum of student backgrounds.
  • Support the need for greater diversity in the clean energy workforce.
  • Provide a peer network of students interested in working in clean energy. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 187327

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Host Companies may pay their intern(s) more than the subsidy rate ($12/hr.); however, program staff will only reimburse up to the full award amount. Host Companies may not pay an intern less than $12 per hour.

Term of Contract:

Internships are full or part-time during the session, typically over a 12-week period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Students will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students need to demonstrate that they are currently enrolled at a college or university located in Rhode Island, or if the college or university is located outside of Rhode Island, can demonstrate proof of residency.
- Students must have completed or will complete at least their freshman year of college (24 credits) the semester before the internship.
- If a student attends a community college (or 2-year associate program) the student must have completed at least 24 credits.
- Graduate students must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or have graduated within one year of applying.

Certain individuals are not eligible to participate in the program:
- Law School students, Ph. D. candidates, or students who have been previously enrolled or matriculated in a Ph.D. program, are not eligible to participate in the program.
- Full or part-time employees, both those who have received compensation as well as volunteers, are not eligible to participate in this program at their current employers.
- Any full-time employee or existing intern that has been on payroll for greater than 12 weeks at a Host Company or has been continuously working at the Host Employer since their last participating session.

For additional eligibility information, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The Summer 2022 Session will begin accepting applications on February 2. 2022 and close on April 15, 2022.

Application Process:
Step 1: Create an account and choose a password for your account. Once created, login to fill out the online application and upload all required documentation including a current unofficial transcript, one-page resume and cover letter. These documents should be uploaded in PDF format, if possible. Once approved by program staff, you will be visible to eligible employers. They may contact you for a phone or virtual interview, however, this is not required.

Step 2: The Internships Board will be visible to view any available internships. You can search which internship you are interested in by job type, position location and sector. Reach out to employers you would like to intern with and promptly respond to any employer communications you receive. Proactive students, by far, are the most likely to be placed into internships with host employers.

Step 3: If the employer wishes to take you on for the session, they will choose to hire you on the portal, so your application will not be seen by other companies. They will then send you an offer letter to sign. You must return your signed offer letter to your employer, who will then submit it to the program staff no later than the session deadline in order to have your funding reserved.

REF will reimburse eligible employers for intern stipends.

Host Companies are allowed to select up to two interns. Please note: because funding for this program is limited, awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis, and you may receive fewer than two interns if funding is fully committed by the time your offer letters for additional interns have been received.

An intern will be subsidized for one session of work in one calendar year. An intern may stay on after the conclusion of a session, but will not continue to be subsidized by program staff. Interns cannot work for the same company during two different sessions.

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