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Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program

Please join us for a Rhode Island clean energy networking event for interns and professionals! RSVP Here

Browning the Green Space and Emerald Cities Collaborative are providing professional and career development opportunities for interns through the the Office of Energy Resources Clean Energy Internship Program. On July 30th, we will have the opportunity to bring together practitioners in the Rhode Island clean energy ecosystem while building valuable networking experiences and connections for the interns participating in this summer's cohort.

Agenda:

  • 5:00 PM-5:30 PM: Arrival and Check in
  • 5:30 PM: Welcome
  • Priscilla De La Cruz, Director of Sustainability for the City of Providence, Rhode Island
    5:45-7:00: Networking & Refreshments

Light refreshements will be provided.

Who should attend?: RI clean energy practitioners and RI college students who are interested in a clean energy career or internship.

Location Details: CIC Providence, Innovator's Lounge.

For students: Interested in getting some feedback and advice on how to improve your resume or LinkedIn profile? Stop by a resource table at the event and talk 1:1 with a professional on how to make the most of these valuable resources!

RSVP Here


As detailed in the 2023 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report, the state’s clean energy sector employed 400 jobs between the last quarters of 2021 and 2022. The largest increase of employment from the end of 2021 to the end of 2022 was within the renewable and efficient heating and cooling and renewable energy technology sectors. The renewable and efficient heating and cooling technology sector added just over 100 jobs, an increase of 2.7 percent from the previous year, while renewable energy added just under 70 jobs, an increase of 3.2 percent. Clean energy employment in Rhode Island totaled 14,511 jobs, of which 7,942 are in energy efficiency, 607 in wind, and 1,479 in solar. 

The RI Clean Energy Internship Program is a paid 12-week internship program managed by the Office of Energy Resources and RI Commerce. It is designed to help provide internship opportunities in clean energy careers, ranging across marketing, engineering, research, solar, direct construction, energy efficiency and more! Students will be able to professionally develop under the mentorship of an industry partner to combat real world problems in energy and the environment. This workforce development initiative hosts 3 program rounds each year, in summer, fall, and spring. This is not a recruitment opportunity to work at OER, but rather, OER manages this internship portal where students and companies create accounts, upload application documents, and schedule interviews. OER reimburses the host company for the cost of hosting students as interns. 

The Summer 2024 round is now in session. The Fall 2024 session is accepting applications from May 22, 2024, through August 16, 2024.

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Who's Eligible?

Students will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students need to demonstrate that they are currently enrolled at a college or university located in Rhode Island, or if the college or university is located outside of Rhode Island, can demonstrate proof of residency.
  2. Students must have completed or will complete at least their freshman year of college (24 credits) the semester before the internship.
  3. If a student attends a community college (or 2-year associate program) the student must have completed at least 24 credits.
  4. Graduate students must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program or have graduated within one year of applying.

Certain individuals are not eligible to participate in the program:

  1. Law School students, Ph. D. candidates, or students who have been previously enrolled or matriculated in a Ph.D. program, are not eligible to participate in the program.
  2. Full or part-time employees, both those who have received compensation as well as volunteers, are not eligible to participate in this program at their current employers.
  3. Any full-time employee or existing intern that has been on payroll for greater than 12 weeks at a Host Company or has been continuously working at the Host Employer since their last participating session.

How do I Apply?

To apply for the Clean Energy Internship Program, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Create an account and choose a password for your account. Once created, login to fill out the online application and upload all required documentation including a current unofficial transcript, one-page resume and cover letter. Click here to access our cover letter template. These documents should be uploaded in PDF format, if possible. Once approved by program staff, you will be visible to eligible employers. They may contact you for a phone or virtual interview, however, this is not required.

Step 2: The Internships Board will be visible to view any available internships. You can search which internship you are interested in by job type, position location and sector. Reach out to employers you would like to intern with and promptly respond to any employer communications you receive. Proactive students, by far, are the most likely to be placed into internships with host employers. 

Step 3: If the employer wishes to take you on for the session, they will choose to hire you on the portal, so your application will not be seen by other companies. They will then send you an offer letter to sign. You must return your signed offer letter to your employer, who will then submit it to the program staff no later than the session deadline in order to have your funding reserved.

FAQ

Internship Program Highlights

Program staff will reserve funding for interns to participate in the Clean Energy Internship program. We will not place additional interns once the submission deadline has passed. Be sure to make yourself aware of the important program deadlines, found below.

Important Internship Program Dates

Summer 2024

· January 26, 2024 – Student and Host Company applications open 
· April 19, 2024 – Student and Host company applications due 
· May 20, 2024 – Program staff intern and Host Company selections complete 
· May 27, 2024 – Deadline for signed offer letter submissions to program staff 
· June 5, 2024 – Summer 2024 session begins  
· September 16, 2024 - Summer 2024 session ends 
· September 30, 2024 – Deadline for reimbursement packages 

Fall 2024 


· May 22, 2024 – Student and Host Company applications open 
· August 16, 2024 – Student and Host company applications due 
· September 6, 2024 – Program staff intern and Host Company selections complete 
· September 20, 2024 – Deadline for signed offer letter submissions to program staff 
· September 23, 2024 – Fall 2024 session begins 
· December 23, 2024 - Fall 2024 session ends  
· January 10, 2025 – Deadline for reimbursement packages 

Note: The Fall internship dates from September 23, 2024 – December 23, 2024 consists of a 13-week time period. When accepting a position, you and the intern(s) agree upon a start date for the 12-week consecutive period during this timeframe. 

Spring 2025 


· September 13, 2024 – Student and Host Company applications open  
· December 13, 2024 – Student and Host Company applications due 
· January 3, 2025 – Program staff Intern and Host Company selections complete 
· January 17, 2025 – Deadline for signed offer letter submissions to program staff 
· January 27, 2025 – Spring 2025 session begins  
· April 25, 2025 - Spring 2025 session ends  
· May 9, 2025 – Deadline for reimbursement packages 
 
 

Note: The Spring internship dates from January 27, 2025 – April 25, 2025 consists of a 14-week time period. When accepting a position, you and the intern(s) agree upon a start date for at least a 12-week consecutive period during this timeframe.  
 

Internship Program Participation Steps

  1. Register to participate by creating an account and completing the online application. You will also need to upload required documentation including a current unofficial transcript, cover letter and resume. Click here to access our cover letter template.
  2. Once you are approved, respond to any employer communications you may receive and reach out to any employers you are interested in working for by viewing the Internships Board.
  3. If an employer wishes to take you on for the session, they will send you an offer letter for you to sign. The offer letter must include your name, expected date range to be worked, and wage/hour. You must return your signed offer letter to your employer, who will then submit it to REF no later than the session deadline of September 20, 2024. Program staff will not approve placement of any interns past this date.
  4. Only after your signed offer letter has been received by program staff will we be able to officially reserve your funding for the session.
  5. Please ensure information on the offer letter is accurate and you are not being asked to sign a non-compete agreement.
  6. Enjoy your Internship! Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity by learning valuable skills on the job and by networking with others in the industry.
  7. Fill out the student survey – We will provide you with a link to the student survey before the conclusion of the session. Please fill out the form, as it greatly assists in administering this program and making it as successful as possible. 

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions Document for any additional questions.

Program Background

The summer of 2019 marked the launch of the Rhode Island Clean Energy Summer Internship Program.  A collaboration between the RI Office of Energy Resources (OER) and the Renewable Energy Fund (REF), this program matches college student applicants or recent graduates with clean energy host companies around Rhode Island for a twelve-week, paid internship. In keeping with the vested interest in expanding the State’s clean energy workforce, this internship program was created with the goal of getting students interested in the clean energy industry, with the intent of sparking a lifelong interest in a clean energy career.

Due to its success, the program was expanded in 2021 to include spring, summer and fall sessions. Since its inception in the summer of 2019, the Rhode Island Clean Energy Internship Program has placed over 84 students and recent graduates at clean energy companies across Rhode Island, with many of those interns going on to receive full or part-time job opportunities at their host companies.

Program Results

Key Goals:

  • Gain significant career opportunities in a challenging work environment
  • Support the need for greater diversity in our workforce
  • Develop useful skills by participating in projects, gathering and analyzing data, developing communication materials, and much more!

Key Metrics and Results:

Since its launch in 2019, the program has placed nearly 105 interns at 27 different companies, with some receiving full or part-time jobs at their host companies as a result of their internship. For an overview of metrics for the program, please refer to the RI Clean Energy Internship Program Infographic.

Program Contact

Contact Information: Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RI OER)

Email: abigail.hasenfus@energy.ri.gov