Please note: Due to Covid-19 there may be adjustments to internship opportunities. Whether internships take place on campus or at a non-profit organization will be contingent upon University guidelines for travel and on-campus operations. At this time, we anticipate that the internships listed below will be performed remotely for summer 2021. We will provide updates as they become available and thank you for your patience and understanding in advance.
Research opportunities with faculty members, as well as with non-profit organizations, are listed below. See application instructions and a link to the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE) here. Applications open in SAFE on November 30, 2020.
The final deadline for submitting applications is February 15, 2021. If selected, students receive a stipend of $550/week. If health and safety conditions improve and on-site internships become possible, an award for research-related or travel-related expenses will be offered in addition to the stipend. Internships begin on or after May 24, 2021, last 8-10 weeks, and end no later than August 20, 2021.
The Avalos lab is offering summer internships in microbial engineering for renewable energy and sustainable manufacturing. Several projects are available in the fields of metabolic engineering, synthetic biology, and protein engineering for the production of biofuels, chemicals, and protein-based products. Some projects involve using cutting-edge tools in synthetic biology, including genetically encoded biosensors and optogenetics to monitor and control engineer metabolic pathways. Other projects involve protein engineering, high-throughput screening, and biochemical and/or biophysical characterization of protein binders and metabolic enzymes. There are also projects involved in characterization of new yeast species that can utilize sea water (instead of fresh water) for bio-manufacturing processes. Finally, we offer opportunities in engineering natural (mitochondria) or synthetic organelles to enhance metabolic pathways. Please contact José Avalos (firstname.lastname@example.org), with the subject line “Interest in ACEE 2021 Summer Internship”, to discuss available projects in more detail.
Minjie Chen (ELE/ACEE)
Machine Learning based Magnetic Core Loss Modeling Platform/Power Electronics MIMO Control Platform (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
- Machine Learning based Magnetic Core Loss Modeling Platform This project will develop a machine learning based magnetic core loss modeling platform to accelerate the design process of power electronics. Student will develop software tools and experimental setups to measure the magnetic core loss, process the data, and generate SPICE netlist for magnetic-in-circuit simulations.
- Machine Learning based Power Electronics MIMO Control Platform This project will develop a machine learning based control algorithm to implement multi-input-multi-output (MIMO) control strategy for energy routers. Student will develop software tools and experimental setups to measure the power flow, process the data, and generate control commands for MIMO energy routers.
Sujit Datta (CBE)
Polymers / Microbial bioremediation / Thermo-responsive hydrogels (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
- Using polymers to clean up contaminated groundwater sources – Polymer additives hold promise in groundwater remediation to produce unstable flow fluctuations, which are believed to aid the mobilization of trapped non-aqueous contaminants. Simple models fail to predict recovery outcomes, in part because it is unclear how pore-scale fluctuations redistribute the flow and hence alter local mobilization conditions. This project will develop dynamic network simulations to link pore-scale conditions to aquifer-scale mobilization outcomes.
- Modeling self-organization of microbial communities used in bioremediation – Spatially-structured communities of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria often have tremendous potential in bioremediation, the active degradation of contaminants in polluted water by bacteria. This project will use simulations to explore the complex relationship between aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Previous simulations have explored the transition from planktonic to biofilm bacteria, and these simulations will be modified to a 2D space that considers two different bacteria strains. We will probe how aerobic and anaerobic bacteria self-organize into complex communities that can ultimately be used in bioremediation.
A third internship opportunity with Prof. Sujit Datta and Prof. Sankaran Sundaresan that involves developing thermo-responsive hydrogels is available through the HMEI internship program.
Bruce Koel (CBE)
Plasma modeling for plasma-materials interactions for fusion energy and plasma-assisted catalysis (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
- Plasma-materials interactions for fusion energy
Successful operation of a fusion reactor will depend crucially on plasma-material interactions (PMI), which determine lifetimes of plasma-facing components and strongly influence plasma performance. The ion impact angle distribution (IAD) of ions from the fusion plasma incident on wall surfaces of the confining vacuum vessel is a very important parameter for understanding PMI. In this project, a student will calculate IADs using a Monte-Carlo micro-patterning and roughness (MPR) code to simulate sputtering behavior on micro-trench samples for several plasma configurations, including a linear plasma device such as PISCES-A or tokamak devices such as LTX-b or NSTX-U at PPPL.
- Plasma diagnostics for plasma-assisted catalysis
This project involves the modeling of plasma diagnostics in investigations of plasma-assisted catalytic reactions that can be used to carry out ammonia synthesis or methane dry reforming (CH4 + CO2 → CO + H2) as a new approach for conducting energy intensive reactions under low temperature and low pressure conditions. A student working on this project will develop and apply a 0D rate equation model, the He Collisional-Radiative (CR) model, and apply it to dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasmas for catalysis that are analyzed by optical emission spectroscopy (OES) to determine plasma properties and gas phase population densities. Investigations may include modifying the CR model to incorporate H-N-He reactions.
Eric Larson (ESAG), Chris Greig (ACEE), Jesse Jenkins (MAE/ACEE)
Energy Systems Analysis – the Rapid Switch Initiative (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
Research under the Andlinger Center led Rapid Switch Initiative is exploring strategies for accelerating the decarbonization of energy systems in different regions of the world. The Net-Zero America Project (NZAP) focusses on the United States. The NZAP research team, led by Eric Larson, Chris Greig and Jesse Jenkins, is developing spatially and temporally granular analyses relating to alternative energy/industrial technology pathways for the U.S. to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases economy-wide by 2050. Results from the initial (2-year) phase of the project will be released by early 2021. Several internship opportunities will be available for the summer of 2021 to support analyses in the next phase of the NZAP work. The following illustrate the types of projects that internships would support. Other projects are also under development. Interested students may contact Eric Larson, Chris Greig, or Jesse Jenkins for further information.
- Impact on power system planning of electrification of transportation and buildings energy use. Dramatically increased electrification, especially electric vehicles and heat pumps for space conditioning homes and businesses will play a significant role in net-zero transitions. This project focuses on understanding how electrification will impact the design and operation of the grid future in the course of the transition. The analysis will employ GenX (a Julia-based electricity capacity expansion modeling tool) to simulate and gain insight into different electrification scenarios.
- Multi-objective optimization of electricity infrastructure energy siting. This project will build on land-use suitability screening to identify areas for potential wind and solar siting and thermal power plant siting across the continental United States completed for NZAP. The work will identify other attributes of land areas that are relevant to siting decisions (transmission spur line distance and cost, visual impacts for populations, land cover/use, population density, land value, distance to existing roads, contiguous parcels, etc.) to refine criteria for evaluating candidate project areas. These attributes will be used to perform a multi-attribute optimization or multi-attribute tradeoff analysis to identify a range of siting options that might minimize opposition or maximize other priorities, e.g., distribution of employment. Students with geospatial analysis interests and background are ideal for this project.
- Air pollution impacts of transitions to net-zero emissions. This modeling effort aims to quantify over space and time the impacts of changes in air pollution, including human health impacts, associated with net-zero transitions relative to a business-as-usual future.
- Employment impacts of transitions to net-zero emissions. This modeling effort aims to quantify over space and time the impacts on energy-related employment associated with net-zero transitions relative to a business-as-usual future.
- Community attitudes to large-scale renewable energy deployment in net-zero America scenarios. All net-zero America scenarios show expansive deployment of large-scale wind generation and supporting transmission infrastructure commencing in the 2020’s and growing. Achieving such an outcome will require developers and governments to establish and sustain broad-scale local community acceptance of such deployment. This work will seek to identify ‘hot spots’ of support / opposition among communities. To do so, interns will develop community surveys, and gather and analyze publicly available text and data from media reports, local county and state government public records, project application decisions and other data for selected counties where NZAP analysis projects the most wind and transmission deployment in the 2020’s. This project is offered in collaboration with Elke Weber’s Behavioral Science for Policy Lab.
- Mobilizing risk capital for zero carbon transition project development and execution. This project aims to model the scale of the risk-capital challenge associated with transitions to net-zero emissions as a basis for proposing means for attracting more investment earlier in project development sequences. The work will consider the scale of investment capital by type and risk appetite, estimate the capital required at the various stages of a project’s development sequence, and quantify the potential deficit.
- Resilient business transitions for the coal, oil and natural gas (fossil fuel) industries. This project aims to quantify exposure to revenue and profit declines of fossil fuel industries in a transition to net-zero emissions, along with stranded asset values. It aims to also describe and quantify opportunities for fossil fuel companies to capitalize on core capabilities in net-zero transitions and describe transition scenarios that would maximize demand for fossil fuel companies’ core capabilities. Finally, it aims to also describe viable opportunities for fossil fuel industries to reinvent themselves to thrive in a net-zero transition.
- Optimization of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure development. This project aims to develop cost-optimized spatial and temporal sequences of CO2 transport infrastructure and geologic storage asset development under different net-zero transitions. This effort would recognize (a) a risk-managed development sequence; (b) deep uncertainties around CO2 storage (injection rate) capacity, unit costs, public acceptance, and regulations for different storage locations; and (c) deep uncertainty around the temporal and spatial role, scale, timing and type of CCS deployment in net-zero pathways;
- Evaluate challenges in material supply-chain and industrial (including human resources) capacity in net-zero transitions. This project will begin with a high-level review of supply chains for selected materials/components expected to be instrumental in the net-zero transition, e.g., various rare-earth elements, lithium, cobalt, specialty steels, float glass (for solar PV panels), and cement. The work will seek to identify potential temporal vulnerabilities to capacity shortfalls, increased reliance on imports or substantially increased domestic production. The work will also consider the implications for energy demand arising from increased domestic consumption of such materials.
- Comparative analysis of net-zero America and China. This project will compare deep decarbonization pathways for the U.S. and China, the two highest-CO2-emitting countries. Chinese colleagues of NZAP researchers are nearing completion of a major decarbonization pathways study for China. Collaborating with our Chinese colleagues, we will seek insights relating to both common and differentiated ambitions, capabilities, and viabilities of net-zero pathways for the two countries. A goal of the effort is to succinctly summarize and compare quantitative results and develop visualizations (e.g., using R/Python/Tableau) that effectively communicate the research insights.
Develop simulation and optimization models for plastic recycling systems using new catalytic technologies. Use these models to identify major economic drivers and technological bottlenecks. Applicants should have previous experience with optimization software of general computing tools (e.g., MATLAB, Python).
Research for buildings and campus
We operate a wide range of IoT sensors to evaluate the operation of building systems we are testing, and we both evaluate existing building systems and develop new heating and cooling systems. These are largely integrated with Arduino, Pi, and Particle.io systems that run on a REST API system. There is also a new Sigfox network available on campus for distributed sensing that we have yet to develop hardware/software interfaces for yet. We also are working with facilities who recently installed some new building automation systems that allow REST API interfacing. We are looking for CS interns interested in learning about these new IoT data interfaces, and how to map and visualize them. We are working with a lightweight geometric modelling kernel for performing spatial analysis using OpenCascade Technology and also using the opensource SensorThings FROST server for data management using databases like Timescale and Influx to collect and rapidly interact with real-time data. We have experimental projects on campus if people are back on campus as well as computational projects for students off campus. The below projects can be hybridized depending on the level of remote versus campus research can be done, and any can be used toward senior thesis or JP work.
Managing disease transmission (i.e. Covid) with better heating/cooling & ventilation
Project 1a: (computational): We will review the extensive transmission model publicly released at http://tinyurl.com/covid-estimator by University of Boulder epidemiologists, and explore how it can be adapted to represent specific rooms on campus, ideally porting it to python, processing, grasshopper, or other CAD too that can read quickly building geometries. We will then evaluate the cost/benefit of increased ventilation based on more specific risks in different rooms. Programming and CAD skills preferred along with basic physics
Project 1b: (experimental): We will deploy CO2 sensors around campus along with our SMART sensor technology (chaos.princeton.edu/sensors) to evaluate the occupancy of spaces and produce derive realtime and feed that into models developed for transmission (above) to generate realtime risk and try to minimize both risk and energy consumption. Experience with Arduino and IoT microprocessors is preferred along with basic fabrication skills
Efficient outdoor heating and cooling with radiant system
Project 2a: (computational) We will develop a new typology of outdoor space using our patented membrane assisted radiant panels that heat and cool occupants via thermal radiation, not by heating or cooling the air. Students will work with CAD tools like Rhyno to develop geometries that are optimal for various size spaces and scenarios and model the comfort delivery at various ranges of outdoor conditions from 45 F to 90 F. CAD and design skills along with some basic programming is preferred.
Project 3b (experimental) We will build prototype outdoor walls and pavilions using the patented membrane radiant system including integration of plumbing, sensors, and heat pumps. The system will be deployed in various outdoor conditions and performance will be evaluated using integrated IoT sensors and from surveys developed for occupants.
Campus geothermal system evaluation
Project 2a: (computation) Princeton is currently installing 700+ ground heat exchangers on the east side of campus for the geothermal heating and cooling system as part of the campus, and another 500+ are planned for the new lake campus. We will model the heating and cooling demand and explore how the performance of the geothermal systems can be optimized both for efficiency (2nd law of thermodynamics) and also for managing variable renewable electricity on the grid.
Project 2b: (experimental) We have a 1400 feet deep geothermal test well on the east side of campus with advanced distributed temperature sensors through the entire length. We will explore the geological variations in temperature across that depth using the Raman spectroscopic temperature sensing technique and characterize the potential value of using deeper wells than the (currently 500 feet and 800 feet) wells being drilled on campus, and also compare the performance of the coaxial system in the test well compared to standard U-pipes installed in the campus project.
Forrest Meggers (ARC/ACEE), Sujit Datta (CBE), Sankaran Sundaresan (CBE)Advanced water systems: Optimizing dehumidification and atmospheric water harvesting (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
The project will evaluate the heat and mass exchange in engineered systems for dehumidification and/or atmospheric water harvesting. The heat of vaporization of water is roughly 2260 kJ/kg compared to its heat capacity of 4.2 kJ/kg/K meaning that condensing 1 kg of water could in theory heat up that same water by ~500K. Clearly there is much potential to leverage this heat. We will explore the Biot number (the ratio of bulk transport resistance to surface transport resistance) for heat transfer and for mass transport based on various material properties and geometries. This will enable new characterizations and help deliver improved exchanger system typologies. This research will lead to more efficient building operation and contributed to revolutionary atmospheric water harvesting technology. Students will work closely with CHAOS and Datta Lab researchers and review and discuss methods and results with Prof Meggers, Datta, and Sundaresan. Projects could easily lead into senior thesis work. (2 projects with each having parallel computation and experimental components)
Optimizing heat and mass transport for sustainable water capture
Project 1a (computational): This project will build models that explore heat and mass balances of exchangers such as fluidized beds where one could consider how to scale the sorption media such that the heat of condensation could drive buoyancy flow instead of depending on fans with their parasitic energy consumption. The initial modeling will be done in Python or Matlab or a similar tool, and familiarity with parametric modeling will be critical. The student would need a background in differential equations and be interested in potentially using some Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software.
Project 1b (experimental): This project would build an experimental setup to test the heat and mass transport in a physical exchanger. The student should have a background in differential equations and good experience building experiments and with hands on fabrication. Components will be 3d printed, and CAD modeling skills will be developed in Rhyno or Fusion or other tools. The experiment will require setting up air temperature and humidity sensors and IoT dataloggers. The experiment will use the temperature and humidity change across the system along with observed flowrates to evaluate the ability of the system to create self-driven buoyancy flows.
Developing and characterizing new materials for water capture
Project 2a (computational): Evaluation of a new thermally responsive hydrogel sorption material individual particle. These thermally responsive hydrogels are a new metamaterial that changes its internal structure at a certain temperature switching it between being hydrophobic and hydrophilic. Using the parameters of sorption kinetics and heat transfer properties the student will setup the partial differential equation (PDE) to predict how heat and water move into or out of the particle.
Project 2b (experimental): A single particle of thermally responsive hydrogel material will be evaluated using a microbalance, a non-contacting IR temperature sensor (thermal camera), and ambient temperature and humidity measurements. The particle will be exposed to various transitions between states of equilibrium with different humidity (vapor pressures), and the mass of water uptake and surface temperature of the particle will be monitored precisely and evaluated to understand the bulk/surface mass and heat transport processes.
The incoming wind profile can substantially affect the output and wake of wind turbines, which can influence the output and wake of downstream wind turbines. In this project, the sensitivity of offshore wind turbine wake development to incoming offshore wind profile scenarios will be assessed using computational fluid dynamics simulations. This knowledge will be used to develop strategies for the placement of downstream wind turbines within an offshore wind turbine farm.
Barry Rand (ELE/ACEE)
PCB and vacuum device holder design for energy-efficient, fast operation of perovskite LEDs
The integration of lighting devices with visible light communication capabilities (e.g. LiFi) are emerging as a compelling technology that offer great potential in energy-saving and novel in-door applications. Designing thin film LEDs that can operate efficiently and fast is essential in this lighting/communication integration. The goal of this project is to design a vacuum device holder and a printed circuit board (PCB) with SMA connectors that allow fast operation of lab-made perovskite LEDs in the radio frequency (RF). Efforts will be focused on impedance matching, mechanical sealing and device thermal management in this project.
The intern will work with Research Associate Dr. Zhu and Prof. Ren to develop and apply new data mining tools to analyze water energy literature published in top science and engineering journals and research on research trends, topics, interconnections, among other relationships. This enables us to use data science to augment the understanding of research landscape and identify emerging research topics. The intern should have basic literature search skills in related fields and programming skills using Python or Matlab.
Michele Sarazen (CBE)
Metal-organic frameworks / Combined plasma and thermal catalytic conversion (MULTIPLE PROJECTS AVAILABLE)
- Metal-organic frameworks for CO2 capture and conversion – Metal organic frameworks (MOF) are a class of porous materials that is formed by nodes of metal ions or metal oxide clusters linked by organic ligands, resulting in a diverse and large set of pore networks. This project will combine material synthesis and kinetic experiments of MOFs as adsorbents for CO2 capture and catalysts for the electrocatalytic reduction of that CO2 to valuable chemical building blocks.
- Combined plasma and thermal catalytic conversion of natural gas to liquids – This project investigates an alternative approach to traditional large-scale chemical plants and refineries that rely heavily on high-temperature catalysis: plasma catalysis, which can be powered by renewable electricity and engineered to enable distributed production of chemicals and fuels, while lowering CO2 emissions and increasing energy efficiency compared to conventional thermal catalysis. Specifically, the overarching project goal is to convert methane (from stranded or flared natural gas) to higher-order liquid hydrocarbons and oxygenated fuels and chemicals with a combined plasma-assisted and thermal catalysis approach using bifunctional zeolite/metal catalysts.
Ronnie Sircar (ORFE)
Stochastic Models, Indices & Optimization Algorithms for Pricing & Hedging Reliability Risks in Modern Power Grids
Summer internship opportunities to work with a Princeton-ORFE team on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The team will adapt the science of risk measures to quantify the reliability in production by individual electricity producers, from natural gas units to wind farms, and their aggregate impact on the stability of electricity grid operations.
Elke Weber (PSY/SPIA/ACEE)
Deep and rapid decarbonization of the energy systems of the United States, India, and areas of Europe
In this position, the intern will work on one of several projects focused on the deep and rapid decarbonization of the energy systems of the United States, India, and areas of Europe. Topic areas include willingness to adopt and install energy structures (e.g. smart grids, electricity transmission lines), exploring mechanisms for corporate climate action, investigating climate adaptation and mitigation behaviors, focusing both on understanding existing social norms and perceptions of these environmental areas and the institutions, agents, and other forces that impact them. Depending on the intern’s skills and interests, they will gain expertise in the design and execution of large-scale behavioral research projects, data analysis using R, and the writing of research reports and scientific papers through close collaboration with BSPL postdocs and research staff.
Concrete, the 2nd most used substance on earth after water, is responsible for 5-8% of all human-made CO2 emissions. Prof. White’s research group is focused on developing new sustainable concrete by understanding and optimizing the sub-micron processes (i.e., reactions) occurring in conventional and alternative cements. Moreover, the ability to capture CO2 using novel materials is a key research area being explored by the group. The summer undergraduate project will complement one of the ongoing projects being undertaken in the group, and will include working in a wet lab with graduate students to synthesize materials together with learning and using various experimental characterization equipment, such as X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.
Would the presence of energy efficiency information in rental listings affect renters’ decision-making? How much would renters value energy efficiency relative to other attributes? Could this value change, based on how the data is presented? The ACEEE Behavior and Human Dimensions Program conducts research on energy efficiency from a behavioral perspective and will be examining these questions through a combination of research and experimentation. The intern will be asked to conduct background literature reviews and preliminary studies in order to inform the design and implementation of a discrete choice experiment. The intern will assist with this project and others conducted by the Behavior and Human Dimensions program. Experience, skills or knowledge in psychology or behavioral science are preferred but not required. A keen interest in learning, a strong work ethic, and an interest in the topic area is important. As a part of the program, the intern will learn and strengthen their research skills. ACEEE will publish this study in 2022 with the goal of informing landlords and policy makers of the value of home energy efficiency labeling for rental listings. Location: Remote. Term: 10 weeks during the summer, start and end dates TBD.
Climate Central is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a critical bridge from complex climate-change science, impacts and solutions to the public by presenting cutting-edge analysis in clear, compelling language and images, to make the impacts clear for the public and policy makers, and to build broad support for meaningful action. The organization includes award-winning journalists and internationally recognized scientists working together. Climate Central has established itself as a trusted source of information in the U.S., achieving broad exposure in the media, government organizations and agencies, and the public. Climate Central team members frequently appear on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, NPR, and The Weather Channel. Content sharing agreements with Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, MSN and others extend Climate Central’s reach to millions more.
If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted by the summer, the interns will work at Climate Central headquarters in Princeton, which provides a lively, multi-disciplinary working environment that includes scientists, programmers, journalists, and media/communication specialists at all stages of their careers. Whether in-person or remote, the internships will offer ample opportunities to interact with Climate Central staff across all disciplines. Jennifer Brady will be the day-to-day supervisor of the internships. Eric Larson is the Princeton contact.
- Net-Zero America communications (1 internship available) – A major Princeton University research effort, The Net-Zero America Project (NZAP), is developing alternative energy/industrial technology pathways for the U.S. economy to reach net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. The analysis is highly granular geographically and temporally and is thus likely to be of interest to Climate Central audiences across the U.S. Princeton researchers will be releasing detailed NZAP results by January 2021. This internship will involve working with a larger Climate Central team to review NZAP results and to synthesize and translate technical information for non-expert audiences. This will include conceiving and preparing communications materials, e.g., state fact sheets on implications and impacts of net-zero transitions, targeted for Climate Central partners around the US. Students applying for this internship should be comfortable with quantitative data analysis and have good English writing and verbal communication skills. Experience with R is preferred but not required. A second NZAP internship at Climate Central is available through the HMEI internship program.
EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.
Climate Corps (www.edfclimatecorps.org) is a network of professionals united to advance climate solutions. This network is grounded in an innovative summer fellowship program, launched in 2008, which embeds trained graduate students in companies, cities and universities to accelerate and advance energy and climate goals. With a network of over 2,300 professionals, Climate Corps seeks to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon energy system by inspiring and empowering leaders.
The ability to tell the exciting stories that emerge through the fellowship program, both through visuals and the written word, is incredibly important to communicating the program’s impact on people and the planet. This intern will play a central role in advancing the communications of the Climate Corps program by executing key communications and digital asset organization tasks.
Tasks will include but are not limited to:
- Work with the EDF+Business marketing and communications team to support social media efforts including, creating share images, drafting tweets and other social media activities;
- Assist in planning and writing newsletters and emails blasts to key stakeholders;
- Help design and update brochures, recruitment presentations and graphics;
- Manage Climate Corps photo library including:
- Resizing and organizing 2021 cohort headshots,
- Organizing the past database of fellow headshots and on-site photos, including researching appropriate platforms, transferring files, and categorizing based on year and photo subject,
- Coordinating professional photography shoots at in-person fellowships by researching local photographers and scheduling the shoot,
- Identify top photos for inclusion on the website and in new promotional materials.
- Facilitate the creation of fellow pages on the Climate Corps project database website by creating a spreadsheet with all relevant data, gathering missing data from the Climate Corps team, and coordinating with the Webteam to get the pages created;
- Offer writing and editing support to 2021 fellows drafting their public summaries for the project database website.
- Completed or working towards a college degree preferably in a related field (e.g. English, Marketing/Communications, Advertising or Public Relations);
- Demonstrated interest in energy or environmental sustainability;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Experience with design or photo editing software helpful;
- Must be a self-starter, creative and detail-oriented;
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines;
- Ability to work in a team as well as independently.
Location: Remote (IF travel and in-person internships are permissible next summer, potential locations for placement are in Boston, Washington DC or New York City)
Term: 10 Weeks during the summer
Hours: Full-time (35 hrs./week)
Compensation: This internship is supported by the Andlinger Internship Program at Princeton University. Students must apply through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).
Application Materials: Interested applicants should attach their cover letter and resume to their application for the EDF internship, together with a writing sample.
EDF offers internships and fellowships for students and recent graduates in a variety of programs and departments throughout the organization. The ultimate goal of our internship and fellowship program is to provide high-quality experiences (including relevant projects and opportunities for networking) that form the foundation for any individual who is serious about pursuing an environmental career.
EDF pioneered the corporate partnership model and has proven its worth with measurable financial and environmental results across industries and business disciplines. We challenge businesses across the globe to take bold moves to adopt green practices and technologies that transform industries and improve the bottom line. Our partnerships achieve aggressive environmental goals – and set new industry standards. To multiply the benefits, we widely publicize the innovations, motivating competing companies to reach and exceed these new standards. Current projects include transforming the retail marketplace with Walmart, transitioning to a new low-carbon energy future with the natural gas industry, accelerating the adoption of energy efficiency through our Climate Corps program, reducing tropical deforestation through commodity supply chains, and accelerating the flow of private capital toward clean energy and other key emerging environmental asset classes.
Sustainable Energy for Puerto Rico
As part of the ambitious energy transition agenda, EDF aims to redefine energy access in Puerto Rico. In 2017, Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico’s electric grid, creating a public health emergency and threatening the lives and livelihoods of the people there. As evidenced by the prolonged outages across the territory, both the physical electric grid and traditional utility mindset that governs it have failed the people. A new, decentralized approach to providing electricity to the island is needed. By securing the right policies and partnering with motivated communities, local groups and impact-focused investors, EDF will support the deployment of innovative, economically sustainable energy projects that can deliver clean, affordable and reliable electricity to low-income communities across the island.
This year’s “Puerto Rico Energy” Andlinger intern will play an integral role within the exciting and cross-programmatic Puerto Rico team composed of EDF+Business, Energy, and Political Affairs staff. As a member of the Puerto Rico team, the intern will conduct a technical, economic and environmental assessment of Virtual Power Plant (VPP) feasibility on various scales throughout Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. The output of this research will assist the Puerto Rico team in determining which regions VPPs will have maxium economic and environmental benefit. In addition, these conclusions may inform the future direction of the Puerto Rico Energy program as a whole and its potential Caribbean-wide expansion.
The intern will provide key research and analysis on opportunities for Virtual Power Plants throughout Puerto Rico and possibly the Caribbean. This will likely include evaluating policy frameworks, technical feasibility, utility regulation, environmental impact and financial opportunities for clean distributed energy resources in select regions. In addition, the intern will be expected to share research findings with the team through organized, visually appealing presentations.
- Must be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior at Princeton University.
- Demonstrated interest and background in environmental and energy policy, renewable energy finance and/or engineering, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and/or environmental justice.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Must be well-organized, motivated, and detail-oriented.
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently in a remote setting.
- Demonstrate initiative and problem solving skills.
- Spanish language skills preferred, but not required.
- Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
- Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
Term: 8-10 weeks, dependent on intern preferences
Hours: Full-Time, 35-40 hours per week
Compensation: If selected, students will be funded via a stipend from the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment at Princeton University. Students must apply through the Student Activities Funding Engine (SAFE).
Application Materials: Interested applicants should attach a cover letter and resume to their application for the EDF internship.
WHY JOIN MOONSHOT MISSIONS?
If you are passionate about water and the environment, please consider joining our Moonshot Missions (MM) team! We are a small, but rapidly growing start-up, working to directly improve services delivered by water and wastewater utilities, as well as affordability and resiliency for underserved communities. Whether you are seeking to launch your career or looking to broaden your experience in the water sector, becoming part of Moonshot Missions will enable you to work alongside veteran water leaders, make a direct impact on communities nationwide, while helping to ensure safe and clean water is delivered to the people who need it most! To learn more about us visit: www.moonshotmissions.org.
Moonshot Missions seeks a Princeton intern to serve as a research and technical resource to the organization, reporting to the Senior Director and supporting the Research Team. The intern will learn and apply research and knowledge to address the challenges facing drinking water and wastewater utilities, particularly in economically distressed communities. Moonshot Missions is currently working on topics related to environmental equity, such as improving utility operations and associated financial burdens, providing access to clean water in US Tribal communities, and leveling the playing field in the water sector so every American has access to clean drinking water and local waterways.
– Conduct general research on water and wastewater utilities, the services they provide, and community benefit outcomes.
– Review and interpret documents highlighting the operational, managerial and financial characteristics of prospective and current Moonshot Missions’ utility clients.
– Identify and interpret economic, social and environmental characteristics of the communities served by utilities.
– Research and participate in learning about field-tested and innovative water and wastewater utility solutions that can improve service delivery and reduce costs for Moonshot Missions utility clients.
– Research potential funding sources and opportunities available to water and wastewater utilities to support the implementation of utility projects.
– Engage with utility sector experts to learn and gain experience related to water and wastewater utility sector.
– Collaborate with the Moonshot Missions team to deliver optimal services to utility clients.
Supervisor and Team
– Moonshot Missions Senior Director, Sarah Neiderer. The intern will be a member of the Moonshot Missions Research Team.
– Enrolled in a bachelor’s program, preferably in engineering, the environment or related field.
– Interest and passion in addressing water and wastewater challenges facing the US, particularly in economically distressed communities.
– Interest and/or experience in the water and wastewater utility sector, specifically related to the engineering, operations, maintenance and environmental benefits of these systems.
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to present technical information in clear, easy to understand language, including presentations and written reports.
– Ability to interact positively in an evolving, fast paced team environment.
Term & Hours
– 8-10 weeks starting around June 1, 2021 and ending on or before Aug. 20, 2021; 35-40 hours per week, working hours (times) are flexible.
– Cover letter and resume should be included with application in SAFE by February 15, 2021.
Applications must be submitted via SAFE.
Activity Type: Undergraduate Internships
Time Period: Summer Break
Opportunity: Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Summer Internships
- For internships with faculty members chosen from the list of available projects, include with the application: a copy of your transcript and a copy of your resume/CV. Though it is not required, we recommend contacting the faculty member whose internship you plan to apply for to let them know you are interested and find out additional details about the project.
- For self-initiated, internships with faculty members, include with the application: a project description of no more than two pages, a note from the faculty member who has agreed to supervise your project, a copy of your transcript and a copy of your resume/CV. Indicate whether the project can be worked on remotely
- For internships with non-profit organizations, include with the application: a copy of your transcript and a copy of your resume/CV. Applications for internships with these non-profits will be reviewed by the host organization in addition to Princeton faculty and program coordinators in order to determine the most suitable candidates for each position. The host organization may contact the student to arrange a telephone or Zoom interview. **Please carefully review the application requirements–some of the off campus opportunities may require a writing sample and cover letter.**
A few things to note about the SAFE application form:
- In the “Project Details” section, under “Internship Title” put the specific title of the internship for which you are applying.
- You do not need to complete the “Anticipated Expenses” section. In March, when the administration determines whether internships may take place in person over the summer, funds for project materials or travel expenses will be addressed.
- Be sure to complete the “Undergraduate Internships Questions” section. If a “Supervisor of Internship” is not listed in the internship description on our site, you do not need to fill this out.
Check that your application is submitted and locked before the February 15, 2021 final deadline. Incomplete and/or draft applications will not be considered.
If you have questions about the application process, email Moira Selinka, Andlinger Center Education Coordinator, at email@example.com .