Find and Fund Your Summer Internship in Energy

Deadline: Rolling

The Energy Internship Program connects Duke students from all majors, backgrounds, and degree programs to summer internship opportunities across the energy sector, including at start-ups, utilities, renewable energy developers, large firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Find Your Internship

View summer 2023 internship opportunities for Duke undergraduate and graduate students (NetID log-in required). We’ll be adding new internships throughout the spring, so check back here regularly and keep an eye on our email newsletter.

Fund Your Internship

Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will be returning to Duke for the subsequent fall semester may apply for supplementary funding through the Energy Internship Program once they have been offered an energy-related internship. This funding can be used to turn an unpaid internship into a paid internship or increase the stipend for a low-paying internship.

The internship does not have to be included on the Nicholas Institute’s list of opportunities for you to be eligible for funding. The amount of financial support will be negotiated with both student and employer, based on numerous factors, including the extent of compensation (if any) indicated in the internship offer letter. Funding decisions are made on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP after receiving your internship offer!

We will consider funding applications for unpaid or low-paid internships. Low-paid internships are generally defined as those for which the compensation does not cover your primary living expenses in the region where the hiring organization requires you to live.

Note: International students requiring CPT status must be approved for CPT to receive funding from the Energy Internship Program. This must be determined and approved with Duke Visa Services PRIOR to the start of the funded internship.

Thanks to a partnership with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke, some funding is reserved for internships related to energy access or energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries.

Additional Resources

Explore other Duke-affiliated programs on our summer experiences page. And of course, the career center affiliated with your Duke school has information about other potential opportunities and is an excellent source of advice on interviewing and other career development skills.


Contact Bryan Koen (Senior Education Program Coordinator, Nicholas Institute).

Learn more on the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability website.

New CRISP Seed Grants Support Innovative Climate Research

graphic with text: Introducing Duke CRISP: Climate Research Innovation seed grant program. Research Awards (up to $100K) for projects focusing on Energy Transformation. Ideation Awards (up to $20K). Duke faculty, apply by Feb. 20, 2023.

Deadline: February 20, 2023

Faculty and research staff across all Duke University schools are invited to submit proposals by Feb. 20, 2023, for the first round of Climate Research Innovation Seed Program (CRISP) grants:

  • Research Awards (up to $100K) for projects focusing on Energy Transformation
  • Ideation Awards (up to $20K) for projects addressing any of the Duke Climate Commitment priority research areas (Energy Transformation, Environmental and Climate Justice, Climate and Community Resilience, and Climate and Data)

The Duke Climate Commitment and Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability are pleased to issue the call for the first round of CRISP grants thanks to generous support from the Office of the Provost, Nicholas School of the Environment, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University School of Law, and Duke Divinity School.

Learn more on the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment, & Sustainability website.


Plug Into a Summer Fellowship in Energy Data Analytics

"Sparkly 3D model of networked points. Text: Energy + Data? Are you a Ph.D. student interested in applying data science techniques to energy challenges? Doctoral students at Duke, NC A&T, NC State, UNC-CH, UNCC, and UNCG are invited to apply for the Summer '23 cohort of interdisciplinary Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows. Apply by 12/9/22: Logos for Nicholas Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "

Deadline: December 9

The Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program at Duke University prepares cohorts of next-generation scholars to deftly wield data in pursuit of accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy systems. This program is housed by the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability at Duke and funded by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Each Ph.D. Student Fellow in the program conducts a related research project, working with faculty from multiple disciplines and receiving funding for 3 months of summer support and $1,500 in research funds for computation and professional development. The fellows take part in regular mentorship and training workshops to improve their understanding of energy systems and data science tools as well as to enhance their skills at collaborating and communicating across disciplines.


  • Any Duke University, NC A&T State University, NC State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Charlotte, or UNC Greensboro doctoral student currently enrolled full-time in their degree program is welcome to apply. Note: As Duke University is the host institution for this grant, approximately half of the Fellowships will go to Duke students each year.
  • The student must be working with (or proposing to work with) two faculty members representing interdisciplinary expertise across both an energy application domain (e.g., energy technologies, systems, markets, and policies) and a data science field (e.g., statistics, machine learning, and other computational methods). These faculty members can both be from the student’s home university or one may be from one of the other eligible universities listed above.
  • Doctoral student must show evidence of genuine interest in research on energy data analytics topics that incorporate data science methodologies/tools. It is preferable if the proposed work plays a role in their larger dissertation objectives.
  • Applicants must be making successful academic progress in their home department.

Benefits for Successful Applicants

  • Three months of 100% funding support for summer 2023 covering student stipend and fringe benefits, and 50% support for tuition remission – up to a total of $11,117 (based on Duke University amounts). Details vary by home university. Note: No home-institution overhead will be compensated.
  • Funding for research supporting data collection, software tools, equipment, conference participation, publication, or other research-related needs up to $1,500 will be available to Fellows.
  • Mentorship and training from interdisciplinary energy and data science scholars.
  • Fellows’ work will be spotlighted on the Energy Data Analytics Ph.D. Student Fellows program webpage and at an Energy Data Analytics Symposium in 2023.

Learn More and Apply

Please see details and contact Trey Gowdy with any questions about this program.