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Donate to the Cal Energy Corps

 

Cal Energy Corps aims to provide transformative internship opportunities to students interested in energy and climate research without financial concerns.

We are currently supported by a combination of university funding, grants, and private donations. However, none of these sources are guaranteed as permanent sponsors of the program. Our goal is to become self-sufficient as the Cal Energy Corps program continues to expand each year, connecting more students with internships in an even wider array of countries and fields of research. 

Your donation goes towards funding the participant’s stipend, housing and travel costs, and the annual Cal Energy Corps Symposium.

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Frequently Asked Questions:


Donating to Cal Energy Corps is donating to the future of clean energy and climate change research and technology. Cal Energy Corps offers a competitive salary in order to ensure the best and brightest of our students can participate in the program regardless of their financial means. We would not be able to offer as many opportunities as we do to students if not for the generous donations from our patrons.

Donations go towards supporting student participants with housing costs, as well as a weekly stipend of $600 for the duration of the internship. We encourage program partners to cover salary costs, travel allowance, and help with housing arrangements. However, your donation helps us partner with valuable non-profit organizations that may not be able to cover as much of the costs as for-profit companies.
There is no one “typical” Cal Energy Corps placement. Past programs have included a wide range of opportunities from across the globe. Our summer 2011 pilot program included positions focused on the design and deployment of wind turbines in rural villages, the analysis of low-carbon growth strategies, and the development of the next generation of thin-solar cells. Recent programs continue to offer a wide variety of exciting projects – from developing more efficient cook stoves in costal Nicaraguan villages, to analyzing the global market for solar PV in China, to turning waste into biodiesel in Ghana.
  1. All placements are full-time; interns are expected to work 40 hours per week. Placements are typically 8-10 weeks long and take place over the summer (between mid-May to mid-August).
  2. All interns report directly to a supervisor at the partner organization. During the internship Cal Energy Corps participants are expected to provide regular updates on the progress of their work to UC Berkeley.
  3. Following the internship, students participate in the Cal Energy Corps Symposium to share their experiences.

Yes! Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and the Cal Energy Corps program are both non-profit organizations. Any gifts to either fund are entirely tax-deductible.
Thank you for supporting the Cal Energy Corps program. Donations can be made online through the Berkeley Energy & Climate Institute Fund or Cal Energy Corps Fund. Get in touch with us at info@beci.berkeley.edu if you would like to make a donation by mail or in-person.

Questions?  Please contact info@beci.berkeley.edu.

 

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