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2022 Internship Placements

The internship positions for Summer 2022 are below:

  • Heila Technologies (1) - Filled
  • Integral Group (1) - Filled
  • LBNL (5) - Filled
  • PingThings (7) - Filled
  • Sherwood Design Engineers (2) - Filled
  • Sustainable Berkeley Lab (2) - Filled
  • Takachar (2) - Filled
  • UCSF (1) - Filled

 

Summer 2022 applications are now closed

 

Heila Technologies is an MIT-born startup dedicated to simplifying the integration and operation of individual Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and microgrids. Low cost, low carbon, local energy is within our reach. The Heila Platform opens the energy ecosystem to innovation and community action, making it possible to grow renewable energy-based microgrids from the ground up.

(1 internship, 1 intern will be placed) 

Data Scientist - Filled

Location: Remote

Supervisor: Jorge Elizondo

Heila Technologies is looking to hire a Data Scientist Intern to create and develop reports that provide insight and analysis to the customers of our control and optimization solution, thus supporting a higher adoption of low-carbon, distributed energy resources (DERs).

Responsibilities: 

An ideal candidate will have a strong desire to learn and build reports in a collaborative team environment. The types of tasks you will have the opportunity to work on include:

  • Collaborate with the Optimization and Control and Sales teams to understand their goals and objectives
  • Use programming skills to explore, analyze and interpret large volumes structured and unstructured data
  • Utilize predictive modeling and statistical analysis to determine analytical approaches and evaluate scenarios as well as potential future outcomes
  • Generate insights connecting analytical results with business problems or objectives
  • Present and provide recommendations to internal teams and stakeholders

Requirements:

  • Experience with data science techniques including mathematical and statistical analyses, modeling and data visualization
  • Knowledge of R or Python and SQL
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills within and across teams

Preferred/relevant majors include Statistics/Biostatistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science/Health Data Science, Engineering

The length of this internship is 12 weeks.

 

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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)

Decarbonization of Built Environment - Filled

Location: Oakland, California (hybrid in-person and remote)

Supervisor: Andrea Traber

This internship will leverage the portfolio of Integral's all-electric building projects to research design best practices and cost impacts of new construction and major renovation projects. The study will include approximately 50 projects of varying project types, locations, and sizes, and will evaluate building technology design, renewable energy and storage, as well as necessary electrical infrastructure design. It will also include microgrids if installed. The analysis will include a first cost analysis and lifecycle cost analysis of major MEP systems, as compared to a baseline project that included natural gas.

Requirements:

  • Related major of engineering, architecture with a sustainability focus, spreadsheet and calculation skills, ability to understand project plans and specifications (with light assistance)
  • Any additional experience with energy modeling, economic analysis, design or construction is helpful

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)

Peering into Polymer Membranes for Clean Energy Technologies - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (in-person)

Supervisors: Gregory Su

Electrochemical energy devices, including fuel cells and batteries, require membranes that can selectively transport ionic charge carriers. Polymers provide good mechanical properties and chemical tunability, and are attractive membrane materials. Developing new, improved polymer membranes requires a better understanding of membrane structure and its interfaces with other components at nanoscopic scales. One intern is requested for this project. The intern will engage in experimental membrane characterization using advanced x-ray based tools at Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source to probe membrane morphology and interfaces. There will also be opportunities to learn membrane fabrication techniques, other laboratory based characterization methods, and data analysis. This project will involve collaborating with other groups at LBNL, allowing the intern to develop a breadth of new skills.

Work location: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA

Dates flexible during the summer of 2022


The A-lab:  An AI-driven robotic lab for the autonomous synthesis of novel materials for energy storage - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (in-person)

Supervisors: Gerbrand Ceder, Materials Sciences Division

We are creating the first laboratory that autonomously can iterate on the synthesis of novel materials for energy storage by combining robotics, automated synthesis and characterization, and machine learning driven interpretation of experimental data.  The intern will participate either in the design and execution of automation of particular tasks in the A-lab.  This will either be hardware design and development or programming of robots and workflows for the A-lab.  You will be part of a team of graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates.  

We have 1 position available either for hardware design and fabrication, or for robot programming. 

Work location:  Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bldg 30 and 33. 


Advancing post-wildfire hydrologic response research and recovery efforts with rapid measurements and model developments following the Caldor Fire - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (hybrid or fully remote)

Supervisors: Erica Woodburn

The incumbent will assist in the analysis of water quality data and simulated hydrologic responses of the water cycle following the 2021 Caldor Fire of northern California. Analysis and interpretation of the joint observations and hydrologic simulations will enable us to bracket the range of potential rain- and snowmelt season hydrologic conditions and to quantify risks of flooding, erosion, and water quality degradation in the newly burnt landscape. Results will provide a foundation to deepen our understanding of post-wildfire behavior as it relates to water quantity and quality for future wildfires.

Work location: Work will be hybrid at the LBNL campus/remote, or fully remote. 


Enhanced rock weathering in soils for carbon removal - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (in-person or remote)

Supervisors: Bhavna Arora, Earth and Environmental Sciences

This project will enable the student intern to gain knowledge on the fundamentals of enhanced rock weathering and carbon removal, and to get hands-on experiences with batch and pot-experiments or reactive transport model (depending on whether participating in person or virtually) that investigate the interactions between rocks, soil matrix, microbes and plants. 

We are looking for students intern who have some background in (geo-)chemistry for aquatic and/or soil systems. Some training in (micro-)biology would be a plus. 

For the in person scenario, we expect the intern to be on site (Berkeley) to help with basic laboratory work, such as sample collection and data analyses. If virtual participation is required/desired, we expect the intern to help with interpreting the experimental data and running numerical models for comparison and sensitivity analyses. 

The preferred dates are the summer of 2022, and depending on the performance and availability of the student, longer term engagement can be expected. 


Polymer electrolytes for Hydrocarbon Fuels from Carbon Dioxide - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (in-person)

Supervisors: Daniel Miller, Chemical Sciences Division

This project will focus on the development of devices to convert atmospheric carbon dioxide into liquid hydrocarbon fuels with solar energy.  This technology ("artificial photosynthesis") could be a key part of a renewable energy future, and our national transition away from dependence on fossil fuel resources.  Specifically, the intern will synthesize new solid polymer electrolytes for incorporation into photoelectrochemical artificial photosynthesis devices, and measure the transport of ions and small molecules through the polymers.  These polymer electrolytes are a critical element of artificial photosynthesis devices, since they control the delivery of water, ions, and reactants to the catalytic site.  This project is part of an interdisciplinary collaborative effort with researchers at the California Institute of Technology, and is within the Liquid Sunlight Alliance, a multi-institutional DOE Energy Innovation Hub. One intern is sought for this project. 

Work location: Work is expected to occur in Building 30 on the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory main campus. 

Preferred dates are approximately June 1 - August 31, according to intern availability with respect to academic obligations.

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 ARPAE funded project called “A National Infrastructure for Artificial Intelligence on the Grid”, or NI4AI (www.ni4ai.org). The project is advancing the state of the art by providing open access to our data platform (www.pingthings.io/platform.html) for students, researchers, practitioners, and innovators to use.

The data we host is targeted at enabling advancements in analytics and AI/ML to improve the safety, reliability, and sustainability of the grid -- for example wildfire mitigation or renewables integration. PingThings interns will become core contributors to our data science, software development, and business development teams and have been instrumental in improving the quality of our product and helping us grow as a company. Internship opportunities span the spectrum from the intensely technical (power and electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics) to the organizational, business, and marketing sides of the project.  Applicants interested in gaining experience working at a rapidly growing technology start-up positioned to become a key enabling technology in the renewables transition are encouraged to apply. 

(7 internship positions, 7 interns will be placed)

Data Management Intern - Filled

Location: Remote

The National Infrastructure for AI project is synthesizing terabytes of time series data from previously collected sources and from sensors deployed in the field into a single platform where data can be more easily found, accessed, and analyzed. We need help finding, collecting, organizing cleaning, and ingesting these data. This role will help you build data management skills that are foundational for anyone who aspires to work with real-world data. 

Requirements 

  • Majoring in EECS, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field. 

  • Familiar with Python (numpy, pandas, matplotlib). 

  • Inquisitive mind. 

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

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Energy Analyst / Business Development Intern - Filled

Location: Remote

PingThings is looking to position ourselves as the premier data platform for the energy transition. The business analyst role will work with our business team to identify opportunities where PingThings can lead innovation that will improve how asset-intensive industries are leveraging their data. For this role, we are looking for someone who is curious and analytically minded, with an appetite to learn what there is to know about how big data is (or could be) used for different applications in the energy sector or in other industries. The business analyst will work closely with our business development team (including our CEO) and will be instrumental in synthesizing information to inform strategic initiatives for our business. 

Requirements 

  • Majoring in EECS, Engineering, or Business (with a strong interest in energy)

  • Inquisitive mind. 

  • Outstanding research and communication skills.

  • Ability to simplify complex problems into key metrics.

  • Keen interest in business innovation for the energy transition.

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

  • Self-­awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Software Engineering Intern - Filled

Location: 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 or Go 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.


Machine Learning Intern - Filled

Location: Remote

Use your experience developing AI/ML data analysis pipelines to implement develop state-of-the-art algorithms for extracting meaningful insights from large volumes of time series data. You’ll collaborate with our software engineering and data science teams, as well as research partners to develop algorithms showcasing how our state-of-the-art time series data platform can support AI/ML tools for modernizing the electrical grid. For the right candidate, this position could lead to an original research publication. 

Requirements 

  • Working towards a degree in EECS, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field. 

  • Prior coursework in machine learning, signal processing, or power engineering. 

  • Experience with machine learning, software engineering or data science workflows, and familiarity with Python (sklearnnumpy, pandas, matplotlib, etc.). 

  • Interest in reviewing academic literature. 

  • Inquisitive mind. 

  • Attention to detail. 

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

  • Self-awareness and a desire to continually improve. 


Communications and Marketing Intern - Filled

Location: Remote 

Do you love outreach and content creation? Want to become an influencer in the energy sector? We need your help to tell the world about the great work our company and our users are doing to modernize the grid. You will be developing content for our website, blog, public media, and possibly other news channels, and designing a process for marketing content to a broad audience of stakeholders. Your strong communication and organization skills will be instrumental in helping PingThings to re-define how the industry thinks about data.

REQUIREMENTS 

  • Strong organizational skills. 

  • Strong writing and creative thinking that leads to attention capture. 

  • Strong science and technical communication skills. 

  • Keen curiosity and desire to learn.

  • Positive attitude, empathy, self-awareness, and a desire to continually improve. 


Project Management Intern - Filled

Location: Remote

Are you organized? Detail oriented? Help with an array of project management tasks to coordinate across a cross functional team of software engineers and data scientists. You will help a team of world-class engineers achieve their objectives and will help us to set up and maintain outreach materials to communicate with key project partners -- in industry, government and academia – about the work we are doing. Your attention to detail will ensure that you are a critical part of keeping the team on track to implement new capabilities and achieve project goals. 

Requirements 

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Attention to detail and project management practices.  

  • Strong science and technical communication skills. 

  • Positive attitude, empathy, self-awareness, and a desire to continually improve. 


Front End Engineering Intern - Filled

Location: 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. 

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Sherwood is a civil and environmental engineering firm that is committed to investing in and embracing people, communities and the environment.

Our team has delivered net zero energy and net zero carbon systems, net positive water systems, resilient coastlines, natural resource protection, green streets, living roofs and more for thousands of clients across the globe. We specialize in sustainable infrastructure, water management strategies, green building design, and infrastructure support of urban planning. Our focus is on the conservation and management of the consumption of all site resources — carbon, energy, water, and waste. We’ve worked on over thirty award-winning projects, and our work has been published locally and internationally.

Our mission is to engineer an environmentally and socially regenerative planet. Will you join us?

(1 internship, 2 interns will be placed)

Engineering Intern - Filled

Location: San Francisco, CA - Los Angeles, CA - Atlanta, GA - New York City, NY (Combined In-Person and Remotely)

Supervisor: Craig Boman

At Sherwood Design Engineers, we value collaboration that incorporates multiple perspectives and believe that diverse ideas produce more robust and equitable solutions. We have an amazing opportunity for a driven and curious Engineering Intern to support our team.

What We Offer
- Own a part of the firm with ESOP eligibility after one year
- Flexible working - with every other Friday off
- 100% employer-paid portion of competitive base Health plans, including PPO and HMO options, and significantly discounted Dental and Vision plans
- 1% Learning and Development stipend to use as you see fit
- Generous PTO and 8 paid holidays
- Automatic 401k enrollment
- Fun team events, lunches, and happy hours to get to know colleagues outside of work
- A tangible opportunity to truly help the environment!

Requirements:
- Minimum completion of 2 years towards a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or Urban Engineering at an accredited university
- Ability to read, understand and design topographic information.
- Working knowledge of Windows, MS Office, and cloud-based collaboration software (Google Apps, Asana, Dropbox, Sharepoint, etc.)
- Working knowledge in AutoCAD
- Intermediate mathematical skills are required

Preferred Skills:
- Knowledge of civil design programs (Civil 3D, LDT, Hydro CAD, Flowmasters, StormCAD, etc)
- Knowledge of Graphics programs (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.)
- Certifications or other sustainability-oriented accreditation preferred (iLEED , EIT, etc.)
- Knowledge of GIS principles
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite

This is a 10 week internship

The Sustainable Berkeley Lab (SBL) is a part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The SBL team collaborates with partners sitewide to reduce the Lab’s climate, waste, and water footprint, improve operations and reduce waste, enable sustainable solutions, and apply Laboratory research.

(1 internship, 2 interns will be placed) 

Water Efficiency and Sustainability Intern - Filled

Location: Berkeley, CA (Combined In-Person and Remotely)

Supervisor: Dierdre Carter

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), operated by the University of California, seeks a student intern to help the Lab meet sustainability goals with a focus on water efficiency. One of the largest and untapped opportunities for water efficiency at Berkeley Lab is to minimize or eliminate single-pass cooling. Single-pass cooling uses a continuous stream of water sent to the drain as a cooling source, which is not an acceptable strategy given California’s persistent drought conditions. A co-benefit to investigating single-pass cooling is that it can help identify and correct poorly connected scientific equipment that has a high potential for failure and catastrophic leaks. 

The intern will directly help achieve sustainability goals by entering laboratory spaces across Berkeley Lab, working with researchers to identify existing single-pass cooling systems and constant flow sterilizers and autoclaves in laboratories, calculate potential water savings, and develop plans for replacement and minimizing risk of leaks. The position will report to and work collaboratively with the Lab’s Energy and Sustainability Manager.

The student will also gain exposure to a range of mature sustainability activities conducted by the Sustainable Berkeley Lab team as well as planning for an expansion of sustainability goals in support of a new federal sustainability executive order (EO 14057) that sets a firm decarbonization pathway for federal sites.

This internship will begin summer 2022 with the opportunity to extend through the 2022-2023 academic year.

Requirements:

A specific degree is not required, but applicants should feel comfortable with technical tasks including use of spreadsheets, gathering information from equipmentcut sheets, and performing back-of-the-envelope calculations.

The intern will also be entering laboratory spaces and interacting with people. They should have interest in outreach and be motivated to present themselves in a professional manner.

The intern must be willing to complete required safety trainings.

The internship is expected to be a minimum of 8 weeks, and would extend for the entire summer if the student is available.

Takachar is a start-up company in Richmond, CA 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, 2 interns will be placed) 

Project Engineer (AKA Firebreather) - Filled

Location: Richmond, CA with partial remote options

Supervisor: Kevin Kung

Using a novel concept called oxygen-lean torrefaction, Takachar has developed and patented the design of small-scale, low-cost, portable equipment to convert waste biomass into solid fuel, fertilizer, and other specialty chemicals. Compared to the process of sending waste biomass to centralized conversion facilities, Takachar's system is more profitable by significantly reducing the logistics cost of hauling loose, wet, and bulky biomass.

​We have been testing and deploying a demonstration-scale prototype, and iterating it for improvements. We are seeking a project engineer to coordinate this effort. The engineer will assist in design, fabrication, and assembly of the prototype by working alongside our manufacturing subcontractors. The engineer will also assist in the actual prototyping of the equipment, both at our internal site at Richmond and potentially at our partner's field site in the Mendocino County.

Requirements:

Prior experience with SolidWorks, design for manufacturing, control systems, and reactor testing will be helpful.

The equipment testing will involve outdoor work, sometimes in remote locations (e.g. with weak cellular connection).

At UC San Francisco, we are driven by the idea that when the best research, the best teaching and the best patient care converge, we can deliver breakthroughs that help heal the world.

Excellence is in our DNA. From genomics and immunology to specialty care for women and children, UCSF brings together the world’s leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells. Our hospitals and educational programs consistently rank among the best in the country, according to the latest surveys by U.S. News & World Report. 

We are the leading university dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

(1 internship, 1 intern will be placed) 

Inventory of Natural Gas Consuming equipment on Campus and Assessment/Prioritization of electrification - Filled

Location: San Francisco, CA (remote ok)

Supervisor: Barak Albeg

UCSF has over 70 major buildings on Campus, most of which consume natural gas directly in domestic hot water and space heating applications. We would liketo survey Maximo - the inventory record for Facilities Services and characterize each device for age, efficiency, location, capacity, demand, and many other factors. The resulting list will provide us with the necessary information to begin assessing each one for potential replacement with heat pump or other low carbon alternative. We will need to access other databases, including building mechanical drawings to build a prioritized list of where we can most cost effectively replace existing equipment with beneficial results.

Requirements:

Mechanical engineering or energy specialization of some kind would be preferred.

Other preferred qualifications:

Database experience, finding and reading piping diagrams, energy balance experience.

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