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Grants to Rhode Island Renewable Energy Businesses to Employ Student Interns

Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program - Employer


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Funding Source
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Rhode Island

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/11/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants to Rhode Island renewable energy businesses to hire student interns. Eligible businesses can choose qualified students and recent graduates whose career interests are in the field of clean energy to participate in the program. Through the Program, students will have the opportunity to develop professionally under the mentorship of an industry partner to combat real-world problems in energy and the environment.

The Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program is co-managed by the Renewable Energy Fund (REF) and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). It is a workforce development initiative that focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Rhode Island employers engaged in the clean energy industry. The Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid internships across the state. Consistent with the REF and OER’s roles as catalysts in growing the talent needed by the clean energy industry, the Internship Program is designed to provide students and employers with the tools to connect, and REF will reimburse eligible employers for intern stipends. 

Key Goals:

  • 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 workforce
  • Designed to provide tools for students and employers to connect and combat real-world energy problems in the environment through reimbursed intern stipends

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.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To participate in the program, all of the following requirements must be met:
• Be an eligible clean energy company. For the purposes of this program, program staff defines a clean energy company as “an employer engaged in whole or in part in goods and services, or advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells,” and “any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel.” Program staff, in their sole discretion, makes the determination of whether an applicant is considered a clean energy employer.
• Be registered to do business in Rhode Island
• Provide adequate proof that the organization is able to pay their intern(s) and all associated costs associated with employment
• Successfully demonstrate that the organization has a formal office in Rhode Island
• Be in good standing with the REF. The Host Company must have submitted all completed paperwork relating to any prior internship, including the mandatory final survey, which has been received and approved by program staff.

- Applicants must not be an academic or government entity.
- Any employer found executing a non-compete agreement with a subsidized intern will result in the inability to receive reimbursement through the Clean Energy Internship Program.

Pre-Application Information
Important Internship Program Dates
January 27, 2023 - Student and Host Company applications open.
- April 14, 2023 - Student intern and Host Company applications due.
- May 19, 2023 - Student intern and Host Company selections complete.
- May 26, 2023 - Deadline for employers to send signed offer letter submissions to program staff. We will not provide funding for offer letters submitted after this date.
- June 5, 2023 - Summer '23 session begins.
- September 15, 2023 - Summer '23 session ends.
- September 29, 2023 - Deadline for Summer '23 session reimbursement packages. We will not accept any reimbursement packages past this date.

Timeline: Summer 2023
· May 22, 2023 – Student and Host Company applications open
· August 11, 2023 – Student and Host company applications due
· September 1, 2023 – Program staff intern and Host Company selections complete
· September 15, 2023 – Deadline for signed offer letter submissions to program staff
· September 18, 2023 – Fall 2023 session begins
· December 22, 2023 - Fall 2023 session ends
· January 12, 2024 – Deadline for reimbursement packages

Host Company Program Process:
1) Register to participate by completing the online employer application
2) Once the application has been submitted and approved, the host company will be able to post an internship job description on the Internship Board. The company will also be able to review all eligible student applicants. Host companies can contact any eligible applicant to set up an in-person or online interview.
3) Once the host company has selected a student (Up to 2 interns per company), have them sign an offer letter for the Summer 2023 session and hire them on the portal.

Estimated Size of Grant
Companies may pay their intern(s) more than the subsidy rate ($13.00/hr), however, REF will only reimburse up to the full award amount. Host Companies may not pay an intern less than $13.00 per hour.

Term of Contract
The Summer session dates from June 5, 2023 - September 15, 2023, are comprised of a 14-week time period. When accepting a position, the host company and the intern(s) agree upon a start date for the 12-week internship period during this timeframe.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Please submit your questions via email to Abby Hasenfus at

RI Office of Energy Resources

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