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Remote – LandUp – Internship

Passionate about the climate crisis and want experience working alongside Duke alums at a seed-stage startup? LandUp is building a marketplace that delivers land assets into carbon removal, emission reduction and renewables projects. Launched out of Harvard Business School in 2021, the team recently closed $2m of pre-seed funding from NFX, DUMAC and a group of climate-focused angels. LandUp has built a wedge helping institutional buyers source land for nature-based carbon removal, and is now looking for someone to join for a 6-8 week internship to help us with new markets including renewables and emission reduction. We are also open to working with students who would like to structure for-credit internships or independent projects in the fall. We’re looking for somebody with experience/passion for climate and strong research skills. We are based in Denver but the internship can be fully remote and we’re flexible on start date… sooner the better! If you’d like to learn more please send your resume to Tom at tcole@landup.com

Remote – Energy Terminal – Marketing and Strategy Intern

Energy Terminal is an energy media startup founded by Duke students seeking to elevate the next generation of leaders in the energy industry and to facilitate student involvement in the energy transition. We are looking for a marketing and strategy intern for the summer. You’ll be able to work on growth strategy, create original content to brand yourself, network with energy experts, and develop valuable internship and startup experience. We’re looking at around 10 hours/week and are flexible with schedules, so you can do this along with another internship. And we can even help you access Energy Initiative funding to get paid! Email Michael and Hope (cofounders) at frank.wood@duke.edu and hope.pratt@duke.edu if you’re interested!

San Diego – Aptera Motors – Commodity Buyer

Commodity BuyerLocation: San Diego, CADepartment: Supply ChainEmployment Type: Full-time, Must be on site   About Aptera Motors:

Aptera Motors delivers the world’s most technologically advanced solar electric vehicles, made possible by breakthroughs in battery efficiency, aerodynamics, material science, and manufacturing. We’re a dynamic young company based in San Diego, California. Our solar production team will be on campus Wednesday through Friday recruiting for various engineering and business roles. If you’re interested, fill out our form at https://forms.gle/dno6rceGqqE9MSsf7Responsibilities:   ● Lead the strategic sourcing process for the vehicle zone (Battery, Body in White, Chassis, Drivetrain, High Voltage, Interior, Low Voltage, Solar)   ● Develop competitive sourcing strategies by analyzing the supply base, market conditions, and technology roadmaps, conduct Make vs Buy analysis   ● Lead contractual negotiations with suppliers on NDA’s, SOW’s, and Production Supply Agreements   ● Develop material cost forecasts and estimates for commodities based on designs and specifications   ● Identify potential suppliers, analyze capabilities, and develop a sourcing strategy and roadmap for Aptera development and production aims   ● Perform detailed analysis of supplier quote submissions based on lead time risks and cost structure breakdown data while referencing supporting should-cost models   ● Support identification of material cost optimization and process improvement opportunities   ● Actively manage supplier relationships and performance using KPI’s   ● Support Engineering and Finance teams to optimize cost targets   ● Work closely with Program Management to track sourcing progress and execute vehicle build eventsBasic Qualifications:   ● Bachelor’s in Business, Finance, Engineering (Mechanical, Industrial, Electrical) or related discipline   ● Motivated and eager to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment   ● Familiarity with RFP/RFQ process   ● Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and G-suite   ● Excellent negotiation skills   ● Excellent written and verbal communication skills and good follow-up habits   ● Ability to build and maintain positive and strong working relationships   ● Exceptional organization ability and attention to detail   ● Ability to work independently on multiple tasks and projects with various teams including engineers, finance, legal, and supply chain personnel   ● Tolerant of direct discourse and promotion of free and open exchange of ideas in the workplace      Preferred Qualifications (It is not expected that a candidate has all the following, but please make a note if you do):

   ● 3+ years of relevant experience sourcing from and managing commercial business relationships with large suppliers in an Automotive, Electronics, or high-volume manufacturing business   ● Minimum of 3.5 GPA or a significant professional or personal accomplishment   ● Experience with ERP Systems, NetSuite preferred   ● Experience drafting and reviewing appropriate NDA and Purchase Agreement language   ● Ability to travel up to 25% (nationally and internationally)   ● Strong analytical ability to break down complex problems and data sets to derive meaningful, actionable results   ● Ability to understand Engineering requirements and provide focused supply-chain solutions   ● Experience with tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers   ● Experience negotiating global contracts

Washington, DC – Redball Energy – Junior Asset Manager

Redball is an owner of renewable energy producing assets. It engages in renewable energy projects in various parts of the United States.

Position Expectations:

Redball is seeking an entry-level candidate to join a fast-growing solar distributed generation company as a key member of the asset management team. The Junior Asset Manager will have responsibility for assisting in the management of the ongoing operations of portfolios of solar projects and monitoring their financial and operational performance. The Junior Asset Manager will also support the portfolio management leadership in administering complex financing structures, investor reporting, budgeting, and the sale of environmental commodities.

Specific Job Functions:

• Monitor and manage performance of a +$50M solar project portfolio across multiple states
• Perform financial analysis for solar projects
• Manage relationship with contract counterparties
• Prepare periodic asset management reports (including operational and financial performance)
• Present oral or written reports on operating projects, financial results, and research
• Identify and initiate optimization efforts on operations within the Asset Management department
• Work with management to facilitate the onboarding of additional portfolios of solar projects
• Generate and send out invoices and manage accounts payable
• Assist in budget creation and budget monitoring
• Develop an understanding of different electricity and capital markets for electricity generating assets (incentive programs, tax equity structures, and non-recourse debt)
• Quickly adapt and interact with the Soltage asset management software platform
• Additional responsibilities as assigned

Qualifications:

• Bachelors degree
• Demonstrated interest in renewable energy through work experience, projects, or coursework
• Demonstrable proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) required
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Proven analytical and mathematical capabilities
• Superior listening, critical thinking, and writing and presentation skills
• An eagerness to learn about an exciting and fast-growing industry
• High degree of attention to detail

Washington, DC (Remote) – Redball Energy – Energy Finance and Investment Analyst

Redball is seeking an Energy Finance Analyst that will support the Asset Management Group’s work on behalf of its third-party institutional investor clients. The Asset Management team helps Redball manage their solar investments through transaction monitoring, financial analysis and advisory services and also supports Redball’s strategic vision by monitoring the company’s direct investments managing financial exposure from existing contracts and advising the company on strategic initiatives.

Redball is a renewable energy holding company focused on acquiring, holding, and managing renewable energy assets in the United States. Redball’s mission is to democratize renewable energy for social good.

Key Responsibilities:

• Analyze tax equity financial structures to provide guidance to management and investor partners on tax structuring and financial results
• Investigate sources of underperformance of utility and distributed generation solar assets using remote data acquisition systems and provide guidance to stakeholders
• Perform credit analysis on utility, financial, and solar developer counterparties
• Design and maintain investor reporting utilizing solar data systems, partner reports, and advanced Microsoft office tools.
• Assist with the favorable resolution of operational issues and contractual disputes and communicate complex technical or financial issues to investors and other stakeholders
• Provide regular financial updates to investors on project performance and financial returns
• Participate in regular meetings with investors and counterparties
• Support other Asset Management Group functions as needed

A successful candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

• Bachelor or master’s degree in finance, economics, business or related field
• Passion and Interest in solar, renewable energy
• Excellent communication skills with the ability to succinctly summarize complex financial and technical issues, both in writing and verbally
• Ability to organize and manage work flows across different teams and individuals
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint with financial modeling experience

Location & Hours: This is a full-time role with a team based in the Washington, DC Metro Area

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 lukas.brun@duke.edu 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: susan@researchtrianglecleantech.org, 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 charrison@corona-enterprises.com with subject: Internship.  Include a copy of your resume and what your dream job was when you were 12.

 

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