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2020 Internship Placements

The internship positions for Summer 2020 are below:

  • Carbon180 (1)
  • Cypris Materials (2) 
  • Energy Solutions (1)
  • Imprint Energy (2)
  • Integral Group (1)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (5)
  • McEachern Labs (2) 
  • PingThings (5)
  • Takachar (1)

 

Check back for updates as additional placements may become available.

Please review the internship placements carefully before applying. Some programs may have specific requirements.

Click through the tabs below to view the description of each institute and its respective program(s). 

Note that all internships are for 8+ week periods between mid-May and mid-August. 

 

 

Carbon180 Logo

 

Carbon180 is a new breed of climate-focused NGO on a mission to fundamentally rethink carbon. We partner with policymakers, scientists and businesses around the globe to develop policy, promote research, and advance solutions that transform carbon from a pollutant to a resource and foster a prosperous, carbon-conscious economy that removes more from the atmosphere than we emit.

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Federal Policy Research Assistant

Location: Expected work location(s) are Oakland, CA or Washington DC. 

With more than two trillion tons of carbon in our atmosphere, climate change is a serious threat. But carbon is more than just a pollutant— it is a fundamental part of the planet and our lives. With the carbon we draw from the air, we have the opportunity to power new industries, enrich our lands, and foster a prosperous world. Government is a powerful ally in realizing this vision. Federal policies supporting new technologies and smarter practices can help scale carbon removal in time to meet our climate goals. This internship position will work with our policy team to drive the federal agenda on carbon removal solutions. Specifically, this position will be responsible for performing technical and policy analysis as well as supporting policy-related communications. Responsibilities could include: consolidating technical information on carbon removal solutions to support policy development, developing appropriations requests, developing reauthorization recommendations, developing content for policymakers, and planning policy-related events. Final responsibilities will be decided upon based on intern background and interest.

Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Financial support for transportation and living expenses is available for students in need. Minimum internship term is 10 weeks.

 

Cypris Materials was founded to reinvent color. Our vision is to bring structural color to the market as a sustainable solution to global energy inefficiencies, an alternative to toxic dyes and pigment, as well as a new paradigm for controlling the flow of light. We are working on applying our paintable photonics platform to solve major challenges in a number of industrial verticals. Cypris is looking for a motivated individual who desires the opportunity to make a significant and positive impact and get on the ground level of a small energetic team and innovative technology.  

(2 internship positions, 2 interns will be placed)

Polymer/Materials Engineer

Location: Berkeley, CA (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Technical lead for design of engineering, industrial design and manufacturing to develop and improve paint and finishing process 
  • Perform technical review and provide input for paint material including improvements to mechanical and optical properties of paint finish. 
  • Formulating paint using high-throughput capabilities 
  • Organize workflow and meet aggressive key project guidelines
  • Design standard operating procedures and work with industry partners/customers 

Required Skills/Experience:

  • B.S./M.S in polymer chemistry, materials, chemical engineering or related field 
  • Understanding of design of experiment software
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organization and project reporting skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • High level of motivation
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Willing to sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements 

Preferred Prior Experience:

  • Expert in trouble-shooting common and complex failures of paint and coatings
  • Knowledge of paint application process  

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status. 


Synthetic Polymer Chemist 

Location: Berkeley, CA (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Lead synthesis and scale-up of new polymeric materials for advanced coatings 
  • Characterization of optical, thermal, and mechanical properties of synthesized materials 
  • Develop structure-property relationships for novel polymeric materials 
  • Organize workflow and meet aggressive project milestones in coordination with external collaborators and funding agencies
  • Design standard operating procedures and work with contract manufacturers/partners to scale 

Required Skills/Experience:

  • B.S./M.S. in polymer chemistry, organic chemistry, materials science, or related field 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organization, project management, and project reporting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in small teams
  • High level of motivation
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Willing to sign confidentiality and non-compete agreements 

Preferred Prior Experience:

  • Synthesis of novel monomers and polymers 
  • Development of post-polymerization modification methodology
  • Experience in scoping and installation of manufacturing equipment
  • Experience with living polymerization methodologies
  • Standard analytical techniques including UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy, size exclusion chromatography, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, medical condition or disability, or any other legally protected status. 

 

Energy Solutions Logo

 

Founded in 1995, Energy Solutions is a professional and engineering services firm whose mission is to create large-scale environmental impacts by providing market-based, cost-effective energy, carbon, and water management solutions to our utility, government and commercial customers. With nearly 100 employee-owners working on clean energy policies, programs, and projects at our offices in Oakland, CA; Orange, CA; and Cambridge, MA; we are differentiated by our innovation, value, quality, and reliability of impacts.

(1 internship position, 1-2 interns will be placed)

Energy Efficiency Intern

Location: Oakland, CA

Energy Solutions is seeking an intern who is interested in diving into a wide variety of energy efficiency topics. Your projects will vary from carbon program market segmentation and research to regulatory research, supporting advocacy efforts for our programs, doing data analysis and much more. An opportunity to put together a final presentation for Energy Solutions staff by the end of their tenure will be available. Candidates' skills and interests will be taken into consideration when tasks are assigned as well. 

Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research identification and scheduling of resources to complete projects
  • Technology, market research and literature searches
  • Organization and facilitation of in-person meetings and conference calls
  • Incentive/rebate application processing
  • Development of program tracking and process improvement tools
  • Note taking and support for client calls or project team meetings
  • General program support as needed

 

Preferred dates: 10-12 weeks starting June 1st, 2020.

Minimum qualifications:

  • An intern working towards a degree in an energy-related dscipline with environmental, economics, or engineering preferred.
  • Strong interest in market-based solutions to accelerate the adoption of energy efficient technologies into the market.
  • Strong competency in researching complex technical, data-related topics to support policy and business decisions.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct detailed technical and quantitative analysis.

 

Rethinking the Battery: Imprint Energy aims to reshape the battery landscape. Currently available battery technologies limit the pace of improvement in design and functionality of portable electronic devices. Imprint Energy will address these shortcomings with its breakthrough zinc-based rechargeable battery technology, ZincPoly™. ZincPoly™ battery technology removes longstanding limitations on the rechargeability of zinc-based batteries and enables the production of ultrathin, flexible, high energy density rechargeable batteries for significantly lower cost and without the design limitations or safety concerns of other battery technologies.

(2 internship positions, 2 interns will be placed)

Battery Engineer

Location: Alameda, California

Supervisor: Konstantin Tikhonov

A Battery Engineer's main responsibility is to develop inks for Imprint's printable batteries and support a wide variety of other activities on the battery prototype line. This includes ink preparation and quality control along with using metrology tools to evaluate printed layers and analyze battery test results. Battery Engineer will work collaboratively with the whole Imprint team and will be exposed to all aspects of battery prototyping and testing. 


Testing Engineer

Location: Alameda, California

Supervisor: Konstantin Tikhonov

A Testing Engineer's main responsibility is to organize and perform electrical and mechanical testing of printed batteries. This includes testing battery voltage, internal resistance, and capacity under a wide variety of environmental condition and then analyzing battery performance data into high impact reports for internal company stakeholders as well as external customers and partners. Testing Engineer will work collaboratively with the whole Imprint team and will be exposed to all aspects of battery prototyping and testing. 

 

Integral Group Logo

Integral Group is a global network of mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, energy analysts, commissioning authorities and sustainability consultants collaborating under a single deep green umbrella. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of sustainable building design moving from green and net zero buildings towards regenerative buildings that mitigate global environmental impacts and reduce ecological degradation. We specialize in the design and analysis of simple, elegant, cost-effective systems for critical and high performance building environments. Our integrated approach to building systems design allows us to enhance opportunities that nature provides, working in harmony with a building’s environment to reduce its reliance on outside energy sources.

(1 internship position, 1 intern will be placed)

Engineering Intern 

Location: Oakland, California

Supervisor: Sinead Browne 

THE POSITION

Are you a motivated and creative engineering student prepared to work in a MEP consulting environment?
Do you have a deep passion for innovation, sustainable design and environmental responsibility?
Do you enjoy getting great results from challenging opportunities?
Do you have a high degree of integrity, professional ethics, respect and responsibility?
Are you a resourceful person with a positive attitude?
Will you bring energy and enthusiasm to the office?
If so, we want to hear from you!

The Integral Group’s Oakland office are seeking engineering interns to help design cutting edge, deep green buildings. We are very interested in folks whose accomplishments have demonstrated a high interest and involvement with sustainability in the built environment. Depending on the team, your internship might focus on Mechanical, Electrical, Piping, Project Management, Drafting, Production, Product Management or other areas. We try to match our interns with opportunities to work developing skills in their desired niche. We like to create opportunities for interns to connect with high-level professionals, gain valuable learning, and real project experience. If you're up for the challenge, you'll work as a valuable part of our team on designing components of some of the world's most sustainable buildings.

 

 

Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science. It is managed by the University of California (UC) and is charged with conducting unclassified research across a wide range of scientific disciplines. Located on a 202-acre site in the hills above the UC Berkeley campus that offers spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Berkeley Lab employs approximately 3,232 scientists, engineers and support staff. 

(5 internship positions, 5 interns will be placed)

Discovering new solar capturing molecules with interpretable machine learning approaches

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisors: Bert de Jong and Alvarez Postdoc Yu-Hang Tang

In this project, we will use in silico and machine learning (ML) approaches to design and discover molecules with desired properties. Specifically, we will combine an array of open-source and in-house GPU-accelerated ML and data science packages [1,2,3] to acquire training data, build graph-based machine learning models, and subsequently use the trained model to generate new molecular structures that can capture solar energy. The intern will be involved in the entire pipeline and perform tasks such as data collection, model development and interpretation, surrogate model-based optimization, and visualization.

[1] PyTorch. https://pytorch.org/
[2] The GraphDot package. https://pypi.org/project/graphdot/
[3] RAPIDS software suite. https://rapids.ai/

The intern will be working at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in the Computational Chemistry, Materials and Climate group. Start date is flexible.


Evaluate pathways to zero-net energy buildings in cities

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisors: Tianzhen Hong

Buildings in U.S. cities consume more than half of the primary energy. Reducing energy use and GHG emissions of city buildings is a critical strategy to achieving city's 100% clean energy or carbon neutrality goal. This activity needs one intern. The intern will develop dataset and use CityBES to identify energy conservation measures and evaluate their energy savings, as well as evaluating potential of renewable energy at city scale. CityBES is a data and computing platform for urban buildings. It is free to use at CityBES.lbl.gov. The intern will produce a paper as the deliverable of the work.

Some experience with data processing and analysis is preferred. Start date is flexible.


Coupled Processes Modeling in Energy Geosciences

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisors: Mengsu Hu

Objective: Coupled thermal-hydro-mechanical (THM) processes are ubiquitous in energy recovery and storage processes(such as hydrocarbon recovery, geothermal exploitation, nuclear waste disposal). Modeling of coupled processes is the key for understanding and effective management of energy recovery and storage. During this summer internship, the candidate will use an in-house code, developed by the recently funded LDRD project 'Extended Finite Volume Method for Coupled Processes in Complex Fractured Geological Systems' to run and test the code on a number of examples which are related to the energy geosciences activities. 

Outcomes: (1) It will be an excellent learning experience for the intern to understand numerical modeling and its application to energy geosciences; (2) The intern's work will benefit the PI for model validation, which will build up confidence in the application of the developed numerical model.

Preferred dates: June 1-August 21, 2020.


Improving Conversion of Renewable Electricity to Bioproducts

Location: Emeryville, CA

Supervisors: Eric Sundstrom

As the price of renewable power continues to decline, conversion of renewable electrons to fuels and chemicals is an increasingly appealing alternative to petroleum-based production. In this project, the intern will explore direct conversion of electricity to biomass via integrationof water-splitting electrolysis with cultivation of hydrogen-oxidizing bacteria. In particular, this project will involve cultivation of autotrophic bacteria under both real and simulated electrolysis conditions, followed by characterization of growth rates, adaptation to harsh conditions, and production of natural products including oils and biopolymers. The intern will have the opportunity to learn both microbiology and electrochemistry skills. We are currently seeking one intern to join the lab in Summer 2020.

Experience with basic microbial laboratory techniques, as well as basic chemical analysis techniques is preferred. The intern will work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels Process Development Unit, in Emeryville, CA. Any dates in summer 2020 are available; we prefer longer term interns if possible (~10 weeks) to allow a more in-depth experience.


Development of data-informed decision support tool for CA groundwater management

Location: Berkeley, CA

Supervisors: Juliane Mueller

Water resource management has become increasingly complex, given the need to adapt to climate change and occurrence of extreme environmental events. Water is scarce and must be managed sustainably long term. To address the critical problems related to water resource management, efficient computational approaches are needed to facilitate a holistic understanding of the distribution of water resources and assessment of surface water and groundwater vulnerability. New paradigms are needed to provide the real-time information necessary to successfully manage water resources and ensure energy resiliency. This requires providing groundwater managers with the necessary computational tools to evaluate in near real time multiple scenarios and trade-offs of different decisions.

We are developing a data-informed decision support tool that will enable local agencies in California to manage their groundwater sustainably. We use approximate models that are trained on observation data, and that can make future groundwater predictions almost instantly. This enables us to run hundreds of future climate and management scenarios in order to determine the best action that should be taken today to manage our future groundwater resources sustainably. 

In order to improve these data-driven models, your research will focus on the development of mathematical approaches to integrate physical constraints and expert knowledge in these models. For example, we do know that groundwater cannot be above the ground, and that there is a delay of the effect of precipitation on groundwater levels due to soil type and geology. These constraints and information must be taken into account to make highly accurate predictions for future groundwater while being computationally inexpensive.

You will collaborate on this project with a multi-disciplinary team that consists of members of the Computational Research Division and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience with deep learning models;
  • Excellent command of python;
  • Strong analytical and mathematical skills;
  • Interest in water resource management;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work well in teams

 

McEachern Labs logo

McEachern Labs develops new instrument technology for U.S. government agencies, for U.S. National Labs,  and for universities and research institutes around the globe. We solve electric power quality and harmonic challenges for tool vendors and fabs throughout the world, with 40 years of success in at hundreds of fabs in 17 countries. Engineering consultant Alex McEachern is known worldwide for his cheerful, practical, hands-on approach to explaining how to solve electric power quality and harmonics issues.

(2 internship positions, 2 interns will be placed)

Web Development Intern

Location: Flexible

Supervisor: Alex McEachern

Intern will work directly with Alex McEachern to build a website for teaching experts about electric power disturbances.

Specifically, your work will support live, mathematically-generated web graphics that interact with user-manipulated controls in various languages (English, French, German, Japanese, Mandarin, Swedish, etc.)  For a rough example of the kind of graphical user interaction we expect, see https://www.desmos.com/calculator/nziwc2olh9 .

Ideal candidate would be proficient in JavaScript and/or Python. Please provide link(s) to a website that briefly demonstrates your interactive web graphics skills. Coursework taken in power engineering (EE137AB) and/or interests in energy a plus.

Flexible location and work schedule. Work independently, on your own schedule at location of your choice; meet weekly for updates and directions.  Placement duration of approximately 12-weeks.


Instrumentation Development Intern

Location: Alameda, CA

Supervisor: Alex McEachern

Intern will work directly with Alex McEachern in an instrumentation development lab, building and testing a new advanced instrument for a new Department of Energy project.  If successful, this new instrument will make it easier to deploy solar and wind generation, especially on microgrids.

Work location is in Alameda, so intern MUST have transportation (mileage costs will be reimbursed).

Ideal candidate would have some experience using laboratory test equipment, and basic electronic assembly skills.  Knowledge of programming languages, particularly C and any assembly language, a plus.  Coursework taken in power engineering (EE137AB) and any electronics lab work a definite plus.

Work will be in Alameda, California, with typical but flexible full-time hours.  Placement duration of approximately 12 weeks.

 

PingThings offers the world’s fastest time series data management, analytics, and AI platform for engineering, industrial, and scientific applications with a core focus on electric utilities. 

PingThings is excited to offer multiple internship opportunities to support a major, 3-year project funded by anARPA-E Open Innovation award – “A National Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence on the Electric Grid” (https://pingthings.ai/arpa_e.html). PingThings seeks to advance the state of the art by deploying a large number of high frequency sensors on the grid, collecting and making the data available via its state of the art time series platform (originally architected by a former UCB student), and building an open community around this data to build the next generation of use cases for a more reliable grid. Internship opportunities will span the spectrum from the intensely technical (power and electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics) to the organizational, business, and marketing sides of the project.  

(5 internships, 5 interns will be placed) 

Machine Learning Intern 

Location: Washington DC, LA, Bay Area, or remote 

Use your agile process skills to coach agile a small software engineering and data science team working on time-series databases and deep learning projects for the power grid. You will work with world-class engineers, helping them achieve their objectives and build novel software systems in an iterative fashion.  

Requirements 

  • Working toward a degree in Computer Science, Power Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience. 

  • Experience with machine learning, software engineering or data science workflows. 

  • Inquisitive mind. 

  • Attention to detail. 

  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy. 

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Front End Engineering Intern 

Location: Washington DC, LA, Bay Area, or remote 

Use your knowledge of JavaScript (react.js and D3.js), HTML, and CSS to improve our web client, a complex in-browser application relied upon by users every day. You will work with real-time data streams, engineer for performance across browsers, and delight people by making the best software we can imagine. You will collaborate closely with stakeholders to spec, build, test and deploy new features.  

Requirements 

  • Working toward a degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience. 

  • Experience with our stack: React, D3.js, Jest, GraphQL, node, Docker, etc. 

  • 1+ years of experience writing client-side JavaScript 

  • Expertise in building complex layouts with CSS and HTML 

  • Experience building and debugging complex systems in a team environment. 

  • Experience with modern browser technologies. 

  • Experience designing web sites and applications. 

  • Strong UX and design sensibilities, and a desire to sweat the small stuff. 

  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy. 

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Python / Software Engineering Intern 

Location: Washington DC, LA, Bay Area, or remote 

If you think of programming as a tool to accomplish a wide variety of tasks and Python is your tool of choice, then this internship is for you. Help our engineering team develop and maintain our backend systems, create simple web applications and APIs, and wrangle and analyze datasets. You will work with systems engineers, data scientists, and web application developers to automate and improve our workflows and solve data-related challenges.  

Requirements 

  • Working toward a degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field, or equivalent training, fellowship, or work experience. 

  • 2+ years in Python development 

  • Familiarity with Pydata suite (numpy, scipy, pandas, matplotlib, etc.) 

  • Knowledge of object-oriented programming and object-relational mapping (ORM) 

  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy. 

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Project Management Intern 

Location: Washington DC, LA, Bay Area, or remote 

Are you organized? Detail oriented? Help with an array of project management tasks for a small software engineering and data science team working on time-series databases and deep learning projects for the power grid. You will work with world-class engineers, helping them achieve their objectives and build novel software systems in an iterative fashion. Your passion for agile artifacts and attention to detail will ensure that you are a critical part of the design and implementation of new features and components. 

Requirements 

  • Working toward a degree 

  • Experience with software engineering or data science workflows 

  • Attention to detail and project management practices 

  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy. 

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Data Management Intern 

Location: Washington DC, LA, Bay Area, or remote 

The National Infrastructure for AI project will be generating and working with terabytes and petabytes of time series data from previously collected sources and from sensors deployed in the field. We need help collecting, aggregating, organizing, and managing this data for building this National Infrastructure data asset. This role will not only have technical components but also organizational and communications-focused aspects, interacting with universities, utilities, and other organizations from around the country. 

Requirements 

  • Working toward a degree 

  • Attention to detail and project management practices 

  • Strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and empathy. 

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 

 

Takachar is an MIT spinout company whose vision is to expand the amount of biomass (crop and forest residues) economically converted into useful products. Our impacts include income and job creation in rural areas, as well as mitigation of CO2 emission and air pollution associated with conventional open-air biomass residue burning.

(1 internship, 1 intern will be placed) 

Project Engineer (AKA Fire Breather)

Location: California - various (see description below)

SupervisorKevin Kung

In summer 2020, we will be building and testing a demonstration-scale prototype. We are seeking one project engineer to coordinate this effort. The engineer will assist in testing the prototype, first in a laboratory setting (in Richmond, CA), and then in the field (at a logging site in a forest near Fort Bragg, CA). In the latter stage of the project, you should be prepared to work in a rural environment (in California) under resource-constrained settings.

Requirements:

Prior experience with SolidWorks, design for manufacturing, control systems, and reactor testing will be helpful. A project website (if you have one) will help us gauge your experience.

The rural testing site will be near Fort Bragg in the Mendocino County. For a few weeks during the active testing phase, expect to spend 2-3 days in a week up there. Takachar will rent a car and pay for local accommodations. Otherwise, the work will be primarily carried out around Berkeley and Richmond, CA. 

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