Category: Energy

Remote – E4 Carolinas – Internship

E4 Carolinas Internship

About the project:

In order to assess the adequacy of EV charging infrastructure along hurricane evacuation routes, we will be creating a simplified traffic flow model (of a single route) that we can use to assess the performance of EV charging capacity under varying scenarios. Scenarios will vary by type of evacuation (tiered vs. unplanned), starting state-of-charge of EVs, percent of vehicles that are EVs, spatial distribution of vehicles, and charging capacity at each node. Given our research needs, we will likely use some form of agent-based model, although we have discussed the possibility of other model types as well.


About the position:

The position would entail contributing to model design and model parameterization through research, coding, critical feedback, and brainstorming. You would not be expected to be an expert in all of the fields listed below, but having a reasonable grasp on mathematical modeling would likely be important.


Recommended knowledge:

  • systems modeling (agent based models, flow models, mathematical programming/optimization, stochastic simulation, etc.)
  • transportation/traffic parameterization (vehicle flow rates, speed-density relationships, # of lanes, etc.)
  • electric vehicle and infrastructure parameterization (EV charger power ratings, vehicle efficiency, battery capacity, etc.)
  • implementing models using code (no need to be proficient in all of these): Excel + VBA, Python, R, JavaScript
    • we will probably set up the architecture in Excel so that it is easier for non-programmers to follow, but we can run the model any number of ways

How to Apply: Contact Dr. Lukas Brun at with the subject line “E4 Carolinas Intern”

RDU Area – Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster – Analyst

RTCC: The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an industry-funded, nonprofit initiative of business, government, academic, and nonprofit leaders focused on accelerating cleantech innovation and economic growth in the Research Triangle region. RTCC’s vision is to create cleaner communities through cleantech innovation and adoption.

 DELIVERABLE: A research report that characterizes the firms located within North Carolina’s Research Triangle region that are engaged in cleantech. The research will define industry verticals, interrelation of industries, and describe which industries are dynamic and growing.

COMPENSATION: Fee to be determined. Please contact Susan Sanford with questions and if you have interest:, 919-334-4078.

 PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster is seeking to hire an experienced economic analyst/consultant with proficiency in the cleantech sector to complete a follow-on study to initial taxonomy research completed in 2013. Alternatively, this research may be provided through service learning via faculty and graduate students. This research would uncover new and growing sub-industries in the region. A successful product will substantively:

  1. Consolidate “general knowledge” of the cleantech industry in the region
  2. Update the list of firms in the smart energy vertical and in RTCC’s prior taxonomy report
  3. Describe the core strengths of the region, including basic capabilities of firms in subindustries
  4. Describe where local firms fit in the value chain
  5. Illustrate value chain linkages across cleantech verticals
  6. Describe near-term trends, i.e., which industries are growing and shrinking
  7. Inventory the firms in the cleantech industry in the 13-county Research Triangle region
  8. Assign the firms to technology categories; count the number, employment, and sales of firms
  9. Describe public and private supporting institutions and assets for top three, industry verticals.

BACKGROUND: RTCC is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit organization. RTCC’s primary source of revenue is membership dues. RTCC was established as a marketing organization in 2013 to market the Research Triangle region as a global destination for cleantech innovation. In 2016, RTCC’s membership model expanded to enable tiers of membership to welcome organizations of different sizes and stages of growth. This “larger tent” elicited different value propositions for organizations to be part of RTCC, i.e., wherein multinational firms funded the marketing and talent attraction mission, smaller corporations have expressed interest in business development with other members and organizations in the region.

The 2019-2021 EDA RiS grant provided framework for RTCC to expand its work toward convening and soft, project facilitation through developing a NC Cleantech Corridor—convening local governments to brainstorm on their energy needs with RTCC members and utilities in the room to hear firsthand the “aggregate voice of the customer.”

By January 2021, RTCC will have identified strategies to replace the EDA funding either with increased membership revenue—a function of a highly-articulated, value proposition—and/or with public funds in the form of a grant or ideally, state, legislative allocation.

Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and Sacramento – Environment America Fellows

Environment America (the national chapter) is dedicated to training and developing our new staff. In a three week intensive course, we equip new fellows with skills to successfully lobby elected officials, write and pitch the media, build powerful coalitions, and manage social media. Fellows make a real difference on cutting edge campaigns that promote a greener, healthier world. We are looking for applicants that are passionate and don’t shy away from hard work and long hours. Our campaigns range from promoting 100% renewable energy commitments to banning single-use plastic, to holding big polluters accountable in a court of law. Click here to learn more about our work and here to apply to be a fellow with Environment America.


Remote – Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen – Social Innovation Challenge

Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Social Innovation Challenge Launches 10/15!

The challenges facing the world today are fast-moving, intertwined, and multi-layered. Tackling these challenges will require a combination of fresh minds and experience, passion and vision, creativity and operational expertise. We need the next generation of social innovators. Through the Challenge, our organizations will share the lessons we’ve learned from decades of backing companies, leaders, and ideas with the next generation of social innovators as they explore areas of opportunity, develop ideas of their own, and launch social ventures in the areas of:  Health, Workforce Development, Financial Inclusion, Food & Agriculture, and Energy. Top teams will be invited to join the Student Social Enterprise Accelerator online beginning 1/27. Winning teams will receive up to $20,000 from a funding pool of $100,000.  Register for the virtual competition here.

Register for Lean Startup online course before Tues, 10/15; complete course and submit your social venture idea before Tues, 11/26.

San Diego – Corona Enterprises – Internship

My name is Cody and I graduated from Duke in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Science & Policy, with a focus on the methods and motivations of sustainable development.

I founded Corona my sophomore year hoping to use it as a tool to create positive social impact. To me, the vast inequality in the world is unacceptable when we have all the technology, wealth, and resources to create abundance and eliminate poverty. We’re working to create an economy that regenerates the natural environment as a matter of course, and doesn’t base your ability to have a decent meal and a warm place to sleep on your productive capacity.

We’re looking to hire an intern for the spring and/or summer to help us expand the business and begin fundraising in order to fund several in-house projects. We are looking for expertise ranging from engineering to marketing, operations to finance and in between.

Applicants must have an earnest desire to at least attempt to save the world.

How to apply: Send an email to with subject: Internship.  Include a copy of your resume and what your dream job was when you were 12.


Raleigh, Durham – GoLeafe – Internship

Intro: Hi! My name is Arsheen and I am CEO and Founder of GOLeafe Inc. I graduated from Fuqua with my MBA in 2017. I have a background in Materials Science and Engineering.

Company description:

GOLeafe is an innovative US based company producing advanced materials to solve the world’s most pressing problems. We are exploring applications in clean energy, i.e. alternative technologies for energy generation and energy storage, as well as water desalination. We are looking to expand our team with bright new talent! We are currently looking to fill 2 positions ASAP or over the summer- descriptions below:

Project 1


Studying Electrical Engineering with experience in batteries

Job Description:

Looking for an electrical engineering student who can engineer an optimized energy storage device using new materials. Materials will be provided. The student will be responsible for:

  1. Precisely measuring and layering various materials (with separators, electrolyte, etc.) for this prototype.
  2. Identifying and testing various electrolytes and report back on effect on efficiency.
  3. Collecting voltage and amperage data on the prototype device, as well as charge/discharge cycles, using a potentiostat.
  4. Finding the best substrate as well as binder (glue) for the material by checking conductivity and stability of the material.

Student should be proficient in the use of characterization equipment including SEM, AFM, XRD, Raman, UV/Vis.

How to Apply: Email your resume to

Project 2


Studying Electrical Engineering with experience working in solar. Student must have understanding of effects on band gap and carrier density.

Job Description:

Looking for a student with interest and experience with solar panels. The student will create an optimized panel using various new materials, not silicon. Materials will be provided. The student will be responsible for:

  1. Precisely measuring and layering various materials and creating a prototype of the panel.
  2. Using a solar simulator as well as ambient environment, the student will monitor energy absorption rates across the light spectrum and collect data.
  3. He/she will will need to try various materials for collecting/transporting the charge/electrons.
  4. Finding the best substrate as well as binder (glue) for the graphene by checking conductivity and stability of the material.

Student should be proficient in the use of characterization equipment including SEM, AFM, XRD, Raman, UV/Vis.

How to Apply: Email your resume to