Energize Colleges Internships

The Energize Colleges program includes multiple, paid energy internships that provide students with applied learning opportunities through meaningful roles on campus and community projects. Paid interns will work an average of 8-10 hours per week for the course of their academic term (15 weeks) at $13.00/hour.

How to Apply

To apply, please send an e-mail to energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com with following:

  • Subject Title: Last Name, First Name – Energize Colleges Internship Application
  • Body of Email: Name, Year, College, Top 3 Preferences for Internships (if interested in applying for multiple)
  • Please Attach:
    • 1-Page Cover Letter
    • 1-2 Page Resume
    • 2 References (minimum) for consideration
    • Copy of Unofficial Transcript

Spring 2018 Internships

The following positions are now available for Spring 2018. Please keep checking back as more will soon become available!

Hixon Center Campus Sustainability Internship

The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design at Harvey Mudd College is seeking an intern to assist with new and ongoing campus sustainability projects and initiatives at Harvey Mudd College. The intern will assist with the completion and submission of the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Report for Harvey Mudd College to AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) for certification. The intern will then turn their attention to getting started on producing a Campus Sustainability Report for Harvey Mudd College. The intern will also be asked to assist on a variety of initiatives, including the Hixon Center’s “Green Office Program,” “Black, Gold, and Green Speaker Series,” and the Claremont Colleges “PowerDown” competition. Components of the internship may include working with ESW/MOSS Sustainability Reps and with the Facilities & Maintenance department.

The intern will work in the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design for 5-6 hours a week during the spring 2018 semester. S/he will report to the Acting Director of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design and will submit weekly progress reports to their supervisor at the end of each week. Other programmatic requirements include attending a professional development workshop, creating and delivering a high school outreach presentation, preparing and submitting weekly progress data (form provided), attending and participating in weekly meetings, and producing and delivering a presentation to the Energize Colleges Program team at the conclusion of the internship. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities:

  • Complete and help submit the STARS Report for Harvey Mudd College
  • Begin preparing a Campus Sustainability Report for Harvey Mudd College, using data from STARS and other campus sources
  • Assist with organizing and facilitating Hixon Center / 5C sustainability initiatives and events
  • Work with ESW/MOSS and F&M on advancing campus sustainability programs

Requirements:

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges (preferably a Harvey Mudd College student)
  • Familiarity and experience with data analysis, can think systematically and efficiently
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to multi-task and work on multiple projects
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) Google platforms (e.g., Drive), and some graphic design software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

Start Date: February 2018

Rolling applications with first review on January 14th, 2018.

Please send a resume, cover letter, a list of two references, and unofficial college transcript to energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com.

City of Rancho Cucamonga Sustainability Internship (2 Positions Available)

5 hours/week – 75 hours total

January – May 2018

Organization:  City of Rancho Cucamonga

Department: City Manager’s Office  

Reports To: Deborah Allen, Management Aide and Kanami Otani, Energize Colleges Fellow

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated student intern(s) to complete duties with the City of Rancho Cucamonga as well as complete tasks assigned through the Energize Colleges program.

Summary

The Energizes Colleges Sustainability Intern is responsible for the coordination, collection and analysis of carbon emission data for the City of Rancho Cucamonga Municipal Operations for the purposes of developing an Agency Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) inventory which supports the City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan. These efforts will support the Data Utilization Initiative by helping to identify, capture, analyze, and interpret enterprise data that contributes to better decision-making, open government, cost reduction, quality of services, digitization, automation and planning. In addition to the data gathering and analysis for the Agency GHG inventory, the Energizes Colleges Sustainability Intern will also be tasked with becoming skilled at the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) ClearPath California software, which is an all-in-one suite of online tools to assist in completing a government operations GHG inventory, forecast and climate action planning. In addition to these responsibilities, the intern will engage with local high school students to teach energy-based sustainability curriculum, complete measuring metrics, and other short writing tasks assigned by Energize Colleges.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Enrolled in an Architectural, engineering, or environmental degree at the Claremont Colleges

Communication and Collaboration

  • Exceptional writing and verbal skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently at a remote and off-site location.

Tools for Sustainability

  • Demonstrate practiced planning and evaluation techniques
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research methods including data collection, analysis, design, display and application of evidence-based strategies in community programs/services.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • One (1) year architectural/engineering/environmental experience on a sustainability project(s).

Reporting Location

  • Primary reporting office is in Claremont, California

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, a list of two references, and unofficial transcript to energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com. Work samples would be greatly appreciated.

Start Date: February 2018

Rolling applications with first review on January 14th, 2018.

Claremont McKenna College Facilities and Campus Services Internship

The Facilities and Campus Services department at Claremont McKenna College (CMC)  is seeking an intern to collect data to track the environmental achievements of CMC. The intern will assist in updating Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) for CMC for annual submission to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) for continued ranking. The intern will update the CMC Sustainability 101 Guide, the Sustainability Highlights Report and continue to improve the CMC sustainability website. The intern may also assist with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of certain campus buildings and creation of  a greenhouse gas emissions report.

The work will be 5-6 hours a week for the spring semester. The intern will be reporting to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Sustainability Program Manager at CMC as well as the Director and sustainability staff of Facilities & Campus Services. He/she will meet weekly and turn in weekly progress reports to both supervisors. Other programmatic requirements include attending a professional development workshop, creating and delivering a high school outreach presentation, weekly progress data (form provided), attending and participating in weekly meetings, and producing and delivering a poster presentation at the conclusion of the internship. This student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities

  1. Update STARS report for CMC for 2017-18
  2. Analyze energy and water data for reporting and update CMC sustainability website
  3. Potentially create a greenhouse gas emissions guide and initiate other energy related reports
  4. Assist with LEED certification of specific campus buildings

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Must have familiarity with data analysis with ability to think systematically and efficiently
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to work on a shared Google Drive with the Facilities & Maintenance Department
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

Start Date: February 2018

Rolling applications with first review on January 14th, 2018.

Please send a resume, cover letter, a list of two references, and unofficial transcript to energizecollegesclaremont@gmail.com.

Past Internships

Harvey Mudd and Claremont McKenna Colleges have offered a wide variety of internships in previous semesters. To learn more about our past and current interns, please visit the About Our Interns page.

Fall 2017

  • Claremont McKenna College Building and Energy Management Internship
  • Cool Roofs and Bees – Research Study Internship
  • Harvey Mudd College Facilities & Maintenance Internship
  • Claremont McKenna College Facilities and Campus Services Internship
  • Claremont University Consortium Central Facilities Services Internship
  • Claremont Locally Grown Power – Operations Planning & Manufacturing Research Internship
  • Claremont Locally Grown Power – Testing & Verification Internship

Spring 2017

  • SoCalGas Environmental Services Fellowship
  • USGBC, Inland Empire Chapter Net Zero Water Research Internship
  • USGBC, Inland Empire Chapter Net Zero Water Outreach Internship
  • Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD) Energy Interpretation & Community Education Internship
  • Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Energy Generation & Storage Cluster Internship
  • Harvey Mudd College (HMC) Facilities & Maintenance (F&M) Internship
  • Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) – Claremont Locally Grown Power (CLGP) Manufacturing and Training Committee Internship
  • CHERP – CLGP Testing and Verification Committee Internship
  • CHERP – CLGP Finance Committee Internship
  • Claremont McKenna College (CMC) Facilities and Campus Services Internship
  • Claremont University Consortium (CUC) & 5C Solar Initiative Internship
  • CMC Energy Education Internship