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Over a period of four years, Cal Energy Corps has sent over 100 students to 12 countries around the world, changing the lives of participating students and contributing to groundbreaking research in energy technology and policy. We welcome new partnerships with leading energy and climate organizations to host our students. 

As a Cal Energy Corps host, you will:

  • work with the best and brightest of UC Berkeley on your energy and climate projects.
  • have access to an impressive network of researchers, students, and other hosts involved in energy and climate issues.
  • receive an invitation to the annual Cal Energy Corps Symposium at the end of the student's internship.

Please get in touch with us is your organization is interested in hosting a student or if there are any questions you'd like to follow up with.



Frequently Asked Questions

  1. All placements are full-time; interns are expected to work 40 hours per week.
  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 – this is mandatory.

There is no one “typical” Cal Energy Corps host. We work towards providing students with a wide range of opportunities from across the globe. Successful Cal Energy Corps partnerships usually involve climate and/or energy research, policy, technology, or business in both public and private sectors. The best way to find out if your organization is a good fit for Cal Energy Corps is to directly get in touch with us. We look for a diverse range of partners to provide students with unique opportunities.
Our 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.

Eligible applicants to the Cal Energy Corps are highly motivated UC Berkeley undergraduates in good academic standing, from a wide range of disciplines and majors.
Interested students submit an application form, 3-page statement of purpose, academic transcript, and letter of recommendation from a UC Berkeley faculty member or approved supervisor, as well as placement preference form.

An interdisciplinary selection committee chooses participants on the basis of merit and matches each internship opportunity with qualified applicants. Upon agreement with respective program partners, the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) will notify selected students.

Internship placements are typically 8-10 weeks long and take place over the summer (between mid-May to mid-August).
  1. Offer one or more full time placements for selected intern(s).
  2. Assign a supervisor that can provide direct mentorship to the intern and serve as a communications liaison between the organization and BECI over the course of the internship selection process.
  3. Cover salary costs, travel allowance, and help with housing arrangements for international placements. The Cal Energy Corps program provides students with housing costs for overseas placements and provides a weekly stipend of $600 for the duration of all internships. Students are expected to pay for their own airfare and/or local transportation. Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and the Cal Energy Corps program are both non-profit - any gifts, including those that directly support an internship placement, are entirely tax-deductible.

The Cal Energy Corps offers a competitive salary in order to attract the best and brightest of our students to the program. We want to ensure that all students, regardless of their financial means, can participate in the program. This helps us to base our selections on the merit of the candidate alone. However, we understand that non-profit organizations may not able to cover as much of the costs as for-profit companies. We are willing to work with and are dedicated in supporting program partners in finding external funding for invaluable internship placements.
We appreciate your support for the Cal Energy Corps program. Please visit our Donate page to learn more about other ways of supporting the program.
Thank you for your interest! Please contact Tracy Turner for further information. It would be helpful if you could provide a brief description of the nature of the internship placement, the ideal time frame as well, as the major field of study and experience desired of the candidate(s) who would be placed with your firm/organization.


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