Past Partners and Internship Descriptions

Since 2016, we have partnered with a number of on- and off-campus employers to provide internships for students at the Claremont Colleges. The partners and the internship positions they offered are shown in detail below, organized by semester.

Fall 2018

GHG Emissions and Sustainability Data – Harvey Mudd College

Supervisor:  Louis Spanias, Sustainability Program Manager
Internship Term: September 2018 – May 2019
Hour Requirement: 7-10 hours/week, up to 150 hours

The Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design is seeking a hardworking and dedicated student intern to assist with the calculation, compilation, and ultimate publication of greenhouse gas emissions data for Harvey Mudd College from 2008 to 2018. The intern will assist the sustainability program manager and the Hixon Center with producing and publishing a 2008-2018 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for Harvey Mudd College, as well as with other climate planning and sustainability data projects as needed.

Project Background

In 2008, Harvey Mudd College President Maria Klawe signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), committing the institution to take appropriate actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – including the assembly and submission of greenhouse gas emissions inventories and the development of an institutional climate action plan. The college seeks to return to active participation to the commitment, now called the Second Nature Climate Leadership Carbon Commitment. With support from Facilities & Maintenance, the Hixon Center seeks to complete a decadal emissions inventory with the aim of aiding the college with setting achievable reduction targets.

Organizational Description

Harvey Mudd College committed to climate action in 2008 and has since taken multiple steps to advance sustainability at the college – which have included but are not limited to the passing of a sustainability policy, the establishment of a campus Sustainability Committee, and the creation of the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design. The center, launched in 2015, serves as a sustainability hub at the college for pedagogical, research, and physical campus sustainability programs.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The GHG Emissions and Sustainability Data Intern is responsible for the collection, synthesis and presentation of emissions data from Harvey Mudd College towards preparing a decadal inventory for the college, which supports HMC’s Carbon Commitment under Second Nature. The intern’s tasks include:

  1. Review, correction and compilation of existing greenhouse gas emissions inventories and data from 2008 through 2012.
  2. Collect appropriate data to calculate Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions from 2013 to 2017 with the aim of delivering complete inventories of those years by December 2018.
    1. By March 2019, data collection and emissions calculations for 2018 should also be complete.
  3. Assemble decadal inventory report for the college by May 2019, complete with emissions trajectory and reductions proposals.
  4. Complete other related research, data collection, and drafts as needed related to the emissions inventory or related sustainability data projects.

Requirements

  • A current student of Harvey Mudd or Claremont McKenna Colleges
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to work on multiple projects
  • Experience with (or willingness to learn) Google platforms (e.g., Drive) and Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Excel)
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

 Experience

  • Analytical knowledge for data analysis
  • Has an understanding of conducting research and analysis
  • Must have exceptional writing and verbal skills
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with climate science and greenhouse gas emissions data preferred
  • Asks questions about assignments to fully understand the project
  • Ability to work independently
  • Demonstrate planning and evaluation techniques and possess knowledge of basic qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Have strategic planning skills and excellent interpersonal skills

The intern will work for 7-10 hours a week during the 2018-19 academic year with a mid-term review at the end of the fall 2018 semester. S/he will report to Hixon Center as their schedule allows to provide in-person updates on the project and will submit weekly progress reports to their supervisor at the end of each week. Other programmatic requirements will include attending professional development workshops, preparing and submitting weekly progress reports, meeting at least bi-weekly with site supervisors in person, attending weekly meetings with Energize Colleges program coordinator, and producing and delivering a presentation to the Energize Colleges Program team at the end of the internship. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Energy Offsets from Forestry – Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects (Eden) is a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to restore natural landscapes destroyed by deforestation. Eden works directly with villages and communities suffering from extreme poverty resulting from the deforestation and destruction of the land that sustains them. The organization employs thousands of local villagers and provides them with the education and tools necessary to plant, grow, and protect to maturity, millions of trees each year. Eden plants over 3,000,000 additional trees a month and in 2018 reached over 200,000,000 trees planted.

Madagascar

Eden Reforestation Projects launched its Madagascar project sites in 2007 by restoring ecologically devastated mangrove estuaries in the northwest of the country. Mangrove forests are essential ecosystems whose dense roots serve as an anchor for the soil and coastline preventing erosion and creating a barrier between harsh ocean systems and land. What began as primarily mangrove restoration and reforestation in 2007 grew to include a variety of native dry deciduous species in 2012. Eden Projects partners include two National Park systems, which aim to reforest and revive natural habitat for endangered and endemic animal species.

Nepal

Eden Reforestation Projects is working to support poverty alleviation and environmental restoration across the country and has already planted over 1 million trees. Starting in 2015, Eden has been working in 3 distinct regions across the country, including a partnership with Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site in Nepal. By partnering with the National Park system, Eden Projects is helping to protect and create a reforested buffer zone that is vital to protect animal habitat.

Eden is looking to assess how best to quantify the impact of its reforestation efforts on climate change. Planting trees take up carbon dioxide and act as carbon sinks. By planting and growing trees Eden is contributing directly to climate change mitigation. The ideal intern will be technically savvy with skills using Excel, Access, and other database software. The tasks involved include:

  • Develop monitoring and data management system to track reforestation projects and their impact on climate change in Madagascar, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique and Haiti
  • Analyze climate change impacts from various energy sources in the United States and the potential to offset these impacts with reforestation projects in developing countries
  • Create information sharing platform to share project data with many stakeholders.

The intern will work at Eden Reforestation Projects for 7-10 hours a week during the academic year 2018-2019 with a mid-term review at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. S/he will report to Ezra Neale, Technical Development Director and will submit weekly progress reports to their supervisor at the end of each week. Other programmatic requirements will include attending professional development workshops, preparing and submitting weekly progress reports, meeting at least bi-weekly with site supervisors in person, attending weekly meetings with Energize Colleges program coordinator, 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

  • Develop a database on reforestation projects and activities
  • Develop information sharing tool to share data collected in-country with staff based in the United States
  • Conduct background research on measuring carbon produced from different energy sectors
  • Track carbon mitigation benefits from forestry projects
  • Attend conference calls with field teams in Madagascar, Nepal, Indonesia, Mozambique and Haiti
  • Work in the company headquarters in Glendora, CA weekly. The schedule is flexible

Requirements

  • A current student of Harvey Mudd or Claremont McKenna Colleges
  • Familiarity and experience with databases and software development, environment,
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to 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

Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan – City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Organization:  City of Rancho Cucamonga
Department: City Manager’s Office
Reports To: Deborah Allen, Management Aide

We are seeking a hardworking and dedicated student intern to develop an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan with the City of Rancho Cucamonga as well as complete tasks assigned through the Energize Colleges program.

Project Background

The City of Rancho Cucamonga is interested in hosting an Energize Colleges Sustainability Intern to develop an Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan.  The project will include research and analysis of existing plans from other agencies, development of surveys and assistance with outreach efforts to solicit community input, and development of a comprehensive Plan that outlines electric vehicle readiness strategies for Rancho Cucamonga. The plan will be uniquely implemented through the City’s Healthy RC Program which has strong community partnerships and will support regional collaboration by serving as a model strategy for other cities in San Bernardino County to reduce emissions in our region through the adoption of electric vehicles and infrastructure.

Organizational Description

Situated at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernardino County, the City of Rancho Cucamonga is a relatively large, ethnically and racially diverse city located approximately 45 miles east of Los Angeles and 40 miles northeast of Orange County. The population of Rancho Cucamonga is 172,269, making it the fourth largest city in San Bernardino County. The City of Rancho Cucamonga has made a significant commitment to improving health and environmental sustainability city-wide. In 2008, the City Council made a decision to create a healthier and more environmentally sustainable Rancho Cucamonga and established the Healthy RC initiative with a vision to inspire a lifestyle that embraces a healthy mind, body and earth through lifelong learning and enrichment, active and healthy living, and environmental sustainability. The City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan, passed in April 2017, serves as roadmap for sustainability efforts. Healthy RC strives towards a greener, cleaner Rancho Cucamonga by adopting policies and implementing programs and strategies that advance environmental sustainability in the community and in City operations.

Job Description and Responsibilities

The Energize Colleges Sustainability Intern is responsible for the collection research and analysis of electric vehicle readiness plans and develop a strategy for the City of Rancho Cucamonga to expand its vehicle readiness efforts which supports the City’s Sustainable Community Action Plan. The main tasks for this project include the following:

  1. Analysis of Electric Vehicle Readiness Plans – Intern will collect, review, and research existing EV readiness plans and summarize the review of the pertinent documents.
  2. Develop Engagement Material – The intern, in coordination with City staff, will produce surveys and electric vehicle informational material and will assist in community outreach efforts.
  3. Plan Outline – The intern will prepare an outline of the EV Readiness plan and a list of any additional questions, concerns or critical issues that might have emerged during or after the survey period.
  4. Administrative Draft Plan – Intern will prepare and circulate an administrative draft EV Readiness plan for review by City staff. The plan will include measures and recommendations and contain a summary of the community outreach conducted. The intern will collect and review all comments and provide a comprehensive list of the feedback.
  5. Final Plan – Intern will revise and finalize the City of Rancho Cucamonga EV Readiness Plan.

Requirements

  • A current student of Harvey Mudd or Claremont McKenna Colleges
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to 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

Experience

  • Analytical knowledge for data analysis
  • Has an understanding of conducting research and analysis
  • Must have exceptional writing and verbal skills
  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Asks questions about assignments to fully understand the project
  • Ability to work independently at a remote and offsite location.
  • Demonstrate planning and evaluation techniques and possess knowledge of basic qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Have experience in data collection, analysis, design and display and application of evidence-based strategies in community programs and services
  • Have strategic planning skills and excellent interpersonal skills

The intern will work for 7-10 hours a week during the academic year 2018-2019 with a mid-term review at the end of the fall 2018 semester. S/he will report to City Hall in Rancho Cucamonga as their schedule allows to provide in-person updates on the project and will submit weekly progress reports to their supervisor at the end of each week. Other programmatic requirements will include attending professional development workshops, preparing and submitting weekly progress reports, meeting at least bi-weekly with site supervisors in person, attending weekly meetings with Energize Colleges program coordinator, 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.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculations – City of Claremont, CA

Background

Claremont is a community which recognizes its trees as one of its most valuable resources.  It is for this reason that the City has dedicated itself to the preservation, proper maintenance and continued enhancement of our community forest.  The over 24,000 City street and park trees throughout Claremont are a community asset valued at more than 84 million dollars.  The community forest provides environmental benefits, adds to property values, and contributes to an enhanced quality of life for all of Claremont’s residents.  Trees also represent a significant facet of our community heritage, playing a central role in the history of the City.  The City had a Tree Committee even before it had a formal City Council.  These early citizens set a standard of dedication to tree preservation for the enrichment of the community.

There are many benefits to having a healthy, well-maintained community forest, including helping to reduce the “heat island” effect which results from having extensive amounts of unshaded hardscape, conserving energy by reducing cooling costs, significantly increasing property values, slowing down harsh winds, muffling street and traffic noise, and providing shade and overall beauty to our community.  Trees improve the environment in which we live by moderating the climate, providing oxygen, filtering out particulate matter from smog-laden air, conserving water, reducing erosion, and harboring wildlife within our urban setting.

The City of Claremont has been reforesting for the past two years with the use of grant funds, trying to combat drought and a diseased urban forest. With this reforestation effort, over 700 trees have been planted. The next crucial step is to produce a Green House Gas (GHG) report showing the benefits of reforestation efforts.

Definition

The intern will work at the Community Services Department for 7-10 hours a week during the academic year 2018-19 with a mid-term review at the end of the Fall 2018 semester. S/he will report to the Community Services Director, or his/her designee, and will be responsible for preparing and submitting weekly progress reports to the supervisory staff, meeting at least bi-weekly, in-person with site supervisors, attending weekly meetings with Energize Colleges program coordinator, and producing and delivering a presentation to the Energize Colleges Program team and the City of Claremont at the conclusion of the internship. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities

The intern will create a GHG report for the City of Claremont’s reforestation efforts. This includes:

  • With guidance provided by the City, researching tools, methods, and best practices to produce a GHG report
  • Research on urban forestry, including, but not limited to, specific tree species, species growth rate, canopy cover and shading benefits to buildings & homes
  • Utilization of excel data of recently planted City trees to produce a GHG report
  • Field work to collect accurate data

Requirements

  • A current student of Harvey Mudd or Claremont McKenna Colleges
  • Familiarity and experience with sustainability issues and practices
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to 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

Provided Tools to Use for Project

  • Inventory of City trees in spreadsheet format
  • Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) Software or something similar

Sustainability Report Card – City of Claremont, CA

Background

The Claremont Sustainable City Plan (SCP) establishes a framework in which the Claremont community can achieve its vision of becoming a sustainable city and enable all who live and work in Claremont to live in ways that allow them to meet their needs while preserving the ability of future generations to do the same.

The SCP is based on the City’s General Plan (adopted November 11, 2006), which is organized around a theme of sustainability.  The General Plan creates a vision of a sustainable community; one that balances social needs, maintains environmental health, and provides for continued economic prosperity.

The SCP establishes principles intended to guide the City of Claremont in all its daily decisions and operations. The principles call for:

  • Considering the long-term sustainability impacts in all City government decisions
  • Making the protection, preservation and restoration of our natural environment a high priority for City decisions
  • Recognizing that community education and participation are key to reaching our sustainability goals
  • Striving for the City to continue to be a regional leader on sustainability issues
  • Working with strategic partners to achieve the City’s sustainability goals

The Annual Sustainability Report Card measures the City’s progress toward the sustainability goals.

Definition

The intern will work at the Community Services Department for 7-10 hours a week during the academic year 2018-19 with a mid-term review at the end of the fall 2018 semester. S/he will report to the Community Services Director, or his/her designee and will be responsible for preparing and submitting weekly progress reports to the supervisory staff, meeting in-person at least bi-weekly with site supervisors, attending weekly meetings with Energize Colleges program coordinator, and producing and delivering a presentation to the Energize Colleges Program team and the City of Claremont at the conclusion of the internship. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with past City Annual Sustainability Report Cards
  • Develop a plan/strategy for updating the Annual Sustainability Report Card for the 2018-19 year.
  • Collect and analyze data as needed for the update of the Sustainability Report Card.
  • Work with the City’s Public Information Officer to produce the Sustainability Report Card.
  • Prepare presentation to be presented through the Commission and City Council process.

Requirements

  • A current student of Harvey Mudd or Claremont McKenna Colleges
  • Familiarity and experience with sustainability issues and practices
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Ability to 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

Spring 2018

STARS and Sustainability Reporting – Harvey Mudd College

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

GHG Emissions Inventories and Green Fund Projects – Harvey Mudd College

The Facilities & Maintenance (F&M) department at Harvey Mudd College is seeking an intern to assist in sustainability efforts throughout campus. The intern will have two main projects. F&M is continuously reporting the environmental impacts of the Harvey Mudd College as an institution. The first project will be to collect sustainability data around campus for the greenhouse gas emissions inventories report and the second, to research, analyze, and present potential Green Fund projects for Harvey Mudd College’s Facilities Department to pursue for approval and implementation. The intern may assist another Energize Colleges intern and the Facilities and Maintenance Department in helping produce a up-to-date STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Report for the Harvey Mudd Campus in preparation for updated submission to AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) for certification.

Intern will work either in the Facilities & Maintenance office or the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design for 5-6 hours a week for the spring semester. Intern will be reporting to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Sustainability Program Manager at Harvey Mudd as well as the Senior Director of Facilities & Maintenance. Intern will turn in weekly progress reports to both supervisors at the end of each week. 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. Collect and consolidate data for the greenhouse gas emissions inventories report for the Harvey Mudd College
  2. Research, analyze, and present potential paybacks of Green Fund projects
  3. Assist in collection of the STARS report data for Harvey Mudd College for up-to-date reporting

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

Building and Energy Management – Claremont McKenna College

The Facilities and Campus Services department at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) is seeking an intern to track and analyze building and grounds data to assist with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of specific campus buildings and development of Building Management Systems (BMS) schedules.

The work will be 5-6 hours a week for the fall 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. Collect water and energy data from assigned buildings and possible grounds
  2. Create reports and analyze building data both before and after energy retrofits
  3. Collaborate on a greenhouse gas emissions report
  4. Assist with LEED certification of specific campus buildings
  5. Assist with implementation and verification of energy conservation measures
  6. Coordinate with campus departments and gather schedule data for creating a Building Management Systems (BMS) schedule
  7. Publish and/or inform students of BMS schedules; participate in dorm and/or sustainability meetings to share information regarding the BMS / metering projects

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

GHG Emissions Inventory (2 Positions) – City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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

CLGP Operations Planning and Manufacturing Research – CHERP, Inc.

The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) is looking for an Operations Planning & Materials Research (OP&MR) Intern for its Claremont Locally Grown Power initiative (CLGP). The CLGP initiative is a community-driven, locally-focused, renewable energy movement working to build a sustainable future for the City of Claremont and building a stable economic model for other cities to model. The goal of CLGP is to build a locally sourced and produced solar factory in the City of Claremont to foster economic growth and renewable energy.

The OP&MR Intern will work on the CLGP project for 5-6 hours a week during the fall semester. S/he will report to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Executive Director of CHERP & the IP holder of idealPV, and will turn in weekly progress reports to them at the end of each week. 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. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities

  1. Research the specific tools and equipment needed for the CLGP project and solar factory, using documents available on Google Drive as reference.
  2. Compare vendors and products and produce purchase recommendations to CHERP.
  3. Research and produce concept layouts for a factory floor plan. Concepts include:
    1. Number of workstations required for manufacturing process
    2. Analysis of work “through-put” and space requirements for each station,
    3. Space requirements for various functions given “through-put” demand
    4. Work flow of materials
    5. Testing space requirements
    6. Distribution to construction sites
    7. Installation (final product including labor, time, etc.)
  4. Mentor and train junior fall intern to prepare for senior spring internship to aid in the transition of roles and provide continuity for project goals.

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Experience with using MakerSpace and with soldering
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Operations efficiency or engineering background preferred
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues
  • Interest in operations planning

CLGP Testing and Verification – CHERP, Inc.

The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) is looking for a Testing & Verification (T&V) Intern for its Claremont Locally Grown Power initiative (CLGP). The CLGP initiative is a community-driven, locally-focused, renewable energy movement working to build a sustainable future for the City of Claremont and building a stable economic model for other cities to model. The goal of CLGP is to build a locally sourced and produced solar factory in the City of Claremont to foster economic growth and renewable energy.

The T&V Intern will work on the CLGP project for 5-6 hours a week during the fall semester. S/he will report to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Executive Director of CHERP & the IP holder of idealPV, and will turn in weekly progress reports to main supervisors at the end of each week. 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. Complete replicated experiment in which a reverse-bias hotspot is created on a solar panel
    • Become familiar with and understand the student-produced white paper on this topic
  2. Design and complete the experiments below:
    • Cycling hotspot android and recording the progression of damage
      1. Record the damage which occurs from the heating/cooling (expansion/contraction) process
  3. Develop a white paper, teaching curriculum, and possibly a video of experiments around reverse-bias hotspots based on these sets of experiments (15-20 minute lesson plan)
    • Include a lesson plan, slide deck, and presentation
  4. Mentor and train student for spring term Energize Colleges internship position to aid in the transition of roles and provide continuity for project goals.  

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Experience with using MakerSpace and in electrical engineering
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

Fall 2017

Cool Roofs and Bees Research Study – Harvey Mudd College

Professor Srebotnjak (Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design) and Professor Donaldson-Matasci, (Biology) will collaborate on a joint research project investigating the effects of Cool Roofs on bees. The project was motivated by anecdotal reports of large bee/insect die-offs on the Keck Science Department’s new cool roof. Preliminary research identified a few additional reports online of similar findings but no systematic study of the interactions between bees (or other insects) and cool roofs.

In preparation for the project, Professors Donaldson-Matasci and Srebotnjak worked with the engineering design students in the Engineering Design course E004 during the 2017 spring semester and created 3 prototype structures allowing the study of bee behavior on and near cool roof sections. The Professors plan to recruit a student intern for the fall 2017 to assist with running first experiments and present a formal research paper. Intern will assist in exposing Professor  Donaldson-Matasci’s bees to samples of cool roof material and recording physical and behavioral measurements. The intern will also study the materials and design of different cool roof types that are on the market in southern California (and in use at the Claremont Colleges).

The experiment aims to shed some light on whether highly reflective cool roof materials have any negative  impacts on bees. As these materials become more widespread in use, this is a relevant issue to study for the future of green buildings and natural environment!

The intern will work under the supervision of Professors Donaldson-Matasci and Srebotnjak for 5-6 hours a week for the fall semester. He/she will be reporting their work progress regularly to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator. 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. Research and become familiar with cool roof materials and designs
  2. Research and understand the energy saving benefits cool roofs present and why they may be more prevalent in the future
  3. Design and conduct experiments for studying bee behavior on and near cool roof sections and analyze the resulting data
  4. Research alternative materials and designs for cool roof production if negative interference is concluded
  5. Submit a formal research paper with findings for publication with the Professors

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Familiarity with behavior-based and ecological field research
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

GHG Emissions Inventories and Green Fund Projects – Harvey Mudd College

The Facilities & Maintenance (F&M) department at Harvey Mudd College is seeking an intern to assist in sustainability efforts throughout campus. The intern will have two main projects. F&M is continuously reporting the environmental impacts of the Harvey Mudd College as an institution. The first project will be to collect sustainability data around campus for the greenhouse gas emissions inventories report and the second, to research, analyze, and present potential Green Fund projects for Harvey Mudd College’s Facilities Department to pursue for approval and implementation. The intern may assist another Energize Colleges intern and the Facilities and Maintenance Department in helping produce a up-to-date STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Report for the Harvey Mudd Campus in preparation for updated submission to AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) for certification.

Intern will work either in the Facilities & Maintenance office or the Hixon Center for Sustainable Environmental Design for 5-6 hours a week for the spring semester. Intern will be reporting to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Sustainability Program Manager at Harvey Mudd as well as the Senior Director of Facilities & Maintenance. Intern will turn in weekly progress reports to both supervisors at the end of each week. 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. Collect and consolidate data for the greenhouse gas emissions inventories report for the Harvey Mudd College
  2. Research, analyze, and present potential paybacks of Green Fund projects
  3. Assist in collection of the STARS report data for Harvey Mudd College for up-to-date reporting

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

STARS Reporting and Sustainability Projects – Claremont McKenna College

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 fall 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. Collect data and update Sustainability Guide, Sustainability Highlights and 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

Building Automation Systems – The Claremont Colleges Services, Inc.

The Central Facilities Services at the Claremont University Consortium (CUC) is seeking an intern for the fall semester! The intern will collect data from the Building Automation System (BAS) in the CUC Administrative Campus Center in order to analyze the current energy scheme, create and present various new energy schemes focusing on efficiency, and ultimately implement these schemes to see which are successful. This may include weather normalization, considerations of start/stop schedules based on internal and external temperatures, precooling building techniques and schedules, timing, smooth control of air temperature, occupant comfort surveys, and considerations of types of space (open, closed, and others).  Considerations also may include lowest usage of kwh, therms, highest energy efficiently, or lowest cost savings.

The intern will work in the Central Facilities Services office for 5-6 hours a week for the fall semester. Intern will be reporting to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, a Campus Sustainability Manager, and the Director of Central Facilities Services of CUC. 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. Normalize baseline data for the CUC Administrative Campus Center
  2. Create and distribute multiple pre- & post-comfort surveys for occupants of building
  3. Create energy schemes to present for approval to Director
  4. Work with CUC Staff to implement approved schemes
  5. Monitor and analyze scheme results to present best practices and different schemes for different temperatures

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 Central Facilities Services
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

CLGP Operations Planning and Manufacturing Research – CHERP, Inc.

The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) is looking for an Operations Planning & Materials Research (OP&MR) Intern for its Claremont Locally Grown Power initiative (CLGP). The CLGP initiative is a community-driven, locally-focused, renewable energy movement working to build a sustainable future for the City of Claremont and building a stable economic model for other cities to model. The goal of CLGP is to build a locally sourced and produced solar factory in the City of Claremont to foster economic growth and renewable energy.

The OP&MR Intern will work on the CLGP project for 5-6 hours a week during the fall semester. S/he will report to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Executive Director of CHERP & the IP holder of idealPV, and will turn in weekly progress reports to them at the end of each week. 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. The student will be compensated at a rate of $13 per hour.

Responsibilities

  1. Research the specific tools and equipment needed for the CLGP project and solar factory, using documents available on Google Drive as reference.
  2. Compare vendors and products and produce purchase recommendations to CHERP.
  3. Research and produce concept layouts for a factory floor plan. Concepts include:
    1. Number of workstations required for manufacturing process
    2. Analysis of work “through-put” and space requirements for each station,
    3. Space requirements for various functions given “through-put” demand
    4. Work flow of materials
    5. Testing space requirements
    6. Distribution to construction sites
    7. Installation (final product including labor, time, etc.)
  4. Mentor and train junior fall intern to prepare for senior spring internship to aid in the transition of roles and provide continuity for project goals.

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Experience with using MakerSpace and with soldering
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Operations efficiency or engineering background preferred
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues
  • Interest in operations planning

CLGP Testing and Verification – CHERP, Inc.

The Community Home Energy Retrofit Project (CHERP) is looking for a Testing & Verification (T&V) Intern for its Claremont Locally Grown Power initiative (CLGP). The CLGP initiative is a community-driven, locally-focused, renewable energy movement working to build a sustainable future for the City of Claremont and building a stable economic model for other cities to model. The goal of CLGP is to build a locally sourced and produced solar factory in the City of Claremont to foster economic growth and renewable energy.

The T&V Intern will work on the CLGP project for 5-6 hours a week during the fall semester. S/he will report to the Energize Colleges Program Coordinator, the Executive Director of CHERP & the IP holder of idealPV, and will turn in weekly progress reports to main supervisors at the end of each week. 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. Complete replicated experiment in which a reverse-bias hotspot is created on a solar panel
    • Become familiar with and understand the student-produced white paper on this topic
  2. Design and complete the experiments below:
    • Cycling hotspot android and recording the progression of damage
      1. Record the damage which occurs from the heating/cooling (expansion/contraction) process
  3. Develop a white paper, teaching curriculum, and possibly a video of experiments around reverse-bias hotspots based on these sets of experiments (15-20 minute lesson plan)
    • Include a lesson plan, slide deck, and presentation
  4. Mentor and train student for spring term Energize Colleges internship position to aid in the transition of roles and provide continuity for project goals.  

Requirements

  • A current student of the Claremont Colleges
  • Experience with using MakerSpace and in electrical engineering
  • Must be a self-starter and an independent worker
  • Interest in energy and environmental issues

Spring 2017

STARS Reporting and Green Fund Projects – Harvey Mudd College

The Facilities & Maintenance (F&M) department at Harvey Mudd College is looking for an Intern to help measure and aggregate important environmental data and promote campus sustainability. The intern will then analyze and use the data to assist in producing a STARS Report for HMC, as well as future Greenhouse Gas Reports and a campus Climate Action Plan. The Facilities Intern will also be involved in a number of other sustainability initiatives on campus, which will include working on and contributing to current and future Green Fund projects.

Responsibilities

  1. Evaluate, coordinate, and help to implement various sustainability projects and initiatives on campus, including campus-wide waste sorting and composting, Green Fund projects, and more!
  2. Conduct research and gather energy and emissions data, which will be used to help draft HMC’s Greenhouse Gas Reports and updates.
  3. Assist in collection of campus-wide environmental data (e.g., energy and water use, waste output, GHG emissions, etc.), and ultimately help to produce and submit a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) Report to AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education).
  4. Will require substantial involvement in Revolving Green Fund, with responsibilities consisting of:
    1. measuring, verifying and publishing Green Fund project results,
    2. advertising, soliciting and screening applications for Green Fund projects, and
    3. drafting quarterly reports on Green Fund Project implementation and campus impacts
  5. Assist with monthly newsletter and updates on sustainability initiatives, results and events at HMC.

Additional Requirements

  • Engage with local high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college, using a classroom presentation.

STARS and Sustainability Reporting – Claremont McKenna College

The Claremont McKenna College is looking for a Facilities Intern to increase our STAR report rating to level Silver, build a sustainability report with collected data, and update our sustainability report for Claremont McKenna! Help recognize and develop our sustainability practices throughout campus!

Responsibilities

  • Collect campus energy data for various reports, including STARS and Princeton Review
  • Update the 2015 Sustainability Highlights report for CMC
  • Maintain CMC Sustainability website and report energy auditing and utility bill analysis
  • Analyze Food Recovery Data
  • Collect & analyze purchasing history for food establishments
  • Facilitate new campus initiatives such as switching to using compostable cups and using incentives for energy metering

Additional requirement: Engage with local high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college, in the form of a classroom presentation

Energy Education – Claremont McKenna College

Claremont McKenna College is looking for an innovative, driven, and self-starting individual to research methods of greenhouse gas reduction through novel and enhanced campus programs. Such programs might include:

  • Green purchasing program implementation and analysis
  • Climate Action Plan development through research in procurement processes
  • Faculty, staff and student energy education
  • Resource conservation workshops
  • Transportation initiatives\
  • Publication of green guides
  • Energy data collection and analysis

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the intern will launch an outreach program to local high school students.

Energy Management and Solar Initiatives – The Claremont Colleges Services, Inc.

The Claremont Colleges community is showing growing concern about why the campuses do not use more solar to power buildings. With solar becoming an increasingly affordable option for alternative energy, we are looking for answers! Help lead the initiative to answer this question!

This Energize Colleges internship will investigate Time of Use (TOU) metering and energy management solutions at Claremont University Consortium (CUC) and Claremont McKenna College (CMC) first and then offer the research as a possible solution for the other 4 colleges that are part of the CUC. The internship will be conducted under the Energize Colleges Fellow, Kanami Otani; John Moe, the Director of facilities at CUC; and Kristin Miller, the Sustainability Coordinator at CMC. If the research demonstrates that TOU is a viable option at CMC, and it is installed, the intern will work to establish a Green Engagement Fund from the money saved through these processes.

The internship will also coordinate both a CMC and a consortium-wide solar audit by working with SolarCity and other solar companies. A comprehensive and educational report on the pros and cons of establishing expansive solar arrays at both the individual colleges and the consortium level will be a final deliverable of the internship.

And, the internship will organize and promote events, like the Power Down Challenge, that help increase understanding of energy efficiency.

Additional requirement: Engage with local high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college using a classroom presentation.

Environmental Services Fellowship – SoCalGas

About Us

As the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, we deliver clean, safe and reliable energy to 21.6 million consumers through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. Our service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

Our Employees

Inspired by their commitment to the environment at home and in the workplace, employees at SoCalGas have formed the Sustainability Council to help encourage sustainable thinking throughout their organizations.

Environmental Services

We are a team of in house experts and specialists who advocate with Environmental agencies and provide guidance on compliance in several areas. They include Natural & Cultural Resources, Water Quality, Air Quality, Climate Change, Land Planning, Hazardous Materials & Waste, and Underground/Aboveground Storage tanks.

Job Description

  • Work with SoCalGas Environmental Strategy and Sustainability team & assigned mentor by completing a research proposal that exemplifies the company’s commitment to sustainability.
  • Learn the importance of benchmarking energy/water consumption and how to identify trends to making key sustainability decisions (e.g., What is the Rate of Return if the facility uses solar? What are the opportunities/challenges in benchmarking?)
  • Student will be given monthly electricity and water consumption & use the data to create Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts to identify trends.
  • The student will present their executive presentation to SoCalGas’ Environmental Services management team.
  • Energy audit demonstration with assigned mentor
  • One high school outreach component to address their energy career!
  • Research Proposal will consist of either option:
    • The Effect of Sustainability on Large Corporations
    • Employee Engagement and how it Relates to Sustainability

Proposal Requirements

The proposal needs to address a few of the following areas:

  • Best Management Practices
  • Green Supply Chain
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Cost Savings for Implementation

Also, the proposal:

  • Will consist of a 16-20 page proposal (not including references)
  • Must include an Abstract and Conclusion
  • Must meet a 20 reference minimum with at least 15 journal articles (online, other references, etc.)

Net Zero Water Research – USGBC, Inland Empire Chapter

The United Stated Green Building Council (USGBC) Inland Empire Chapter’s mission is to promote sustainability in the Inland Empire’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking around green design. USGBC members are a diverse group of stakeholders in building & urban design, construction, conservation, and operations. In spring of 2017, USGBC-Inland Empire chapter is hosting a regional Net Zero Water Symposium for community stakeholders and the public. The goal of net zero design is to have net zero energy and water consumption onsite through the use of sustainability measures related to conservation, renewable energy, greywater, recycled water, and rainwater harvesting.

Internship Objective

Net Zero Water Research Intern will synthesize regional Net Zero Water technologies and design best practices through interviews, site visits, research, and analysis and will disseminate findings at Net Zero Water Symposium. The Net Zero Water Research Intern will work with the Steering Committee of the USGBC- Inland Empire chapter to coordinate and implement the spring Net Zero Water symposium.

Intern Duties

  • Organizing interviews, site visits, and research focused on regional net zero water design and technologies;
  • Synthesizing findings and creating spotlights on net zero water best practices for the Inland Empire stakeholders;
  • Working with USGBC-Inland Empire Steering Committee to develop symposium program and the key discussion points for each panel related to regional implementation of net zero water;
  • Presenting findings at Net Zero Water symposium.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the intern will have the opportunity to support an air quality outreach program to local high school students.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with sustainability experts from the fields of water conservation, architecture and green building design, sustainable landscaping, city planning, and communications.

Net Zero Water Outreach – USGBC, Inland Empire Chapter

The United Stated Green Building Council (USGBC) Inland Empire Chapter’s mission is to promote sustainability in the Inland Empire’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking around green design. USGBC members are a diverse group of stakeholders in building & urban design, construction, conservation, and operations. In spring of 2017, USGBC-Inland Empire chapter is hosting a regional Net Zero Water Symposium for community stakeholders and the public. The goal of net zero design is to have net zero energy and water consumption onsite through the use of sustainability measures related to conservation, renewable energy, greywater, recycled water, and rainwater harvesting.

Internship Objective

Net Zero Water Outreach Intern will research national, state, and regional policies that impact net zero water implementation and will disseminate findings at Net Zero Symposium and through outreach materials. The Net Zero Water Outreach Intern will work with the Steering Committee of the USGBC- Inland Empire chapter to coordinate and implement the spring Net Zero Water symposium.The Net Zero Water Outreach Intern will also support an energy and air quality youth education program.

Intern Duties

  • Researching and synthesizing national, state, and regional policies that impact Net Zero Water implementation for commercial, institutional, and residential building;
  • Designing resources including videos, flyers, and/or web content to communicate best practices in net zero design and technologies for distribution to USGBC members and regional stakeholders;
  • Working with local high schools to train students to teach elementary school age students about air quality topics related to energy use;
  • Working with USGBC-Inland Empire Steering Committee to develop symposium program and the key discussion points related to policy;
  • Presenting findings at Net Zero Water symposium.

This is an excellent opportunity to work with sustainability experts from the fields of water conservation, architecture and green building design, sustainable landscaping, city planning, and communications.

Energy Interpretation and Community Education – Chino Basin Water Conservation District

Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water is used in energy production and energy is required to pump, treat, and extract water for our use. Chino Basin Water Conservation District, located in Montclair, is an educational organization with a mission to protect the underlying groundwater basin through public stewardship. We do this through conservation education programming for K-12, homeowner, and professional audiences as well as watershed stakeholders. We also have a state-of-art demonstration campus that showcases best practices for water conservation and sustainability and have over 12,000 visitors each year.

We are working to improve our on-site interpretation, outreach materials, and educational curriculum around the water-energy nexus in Southern California. This internship focuses on developing new interpretative materials for our on-site energy usage and/or the energy savings embedded in sustainable landscaping and in water conserving activities.

The intern will have creative input in the projects of interest. Examples include:

  • Develop interactive display to demonstrate the interdependent relationship between water use and energy use;
  • On site interpretation of energy production and decreased carbon emissions by use of solar panels through the lobby display;
  • Design and create an interpretation (tour, signage, etc.) to display energy savings inherent in building and landscape design of CBWCD.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, the intern will assist will have the opportunity to support an outreach program to local high school students.

Energy Generation and Storage Cluster – Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

About Us

LACI is a non-profit, public-private partnership that helps promising companies deliver market-ready cleantech solutions and the jobs that come with them. LACI combines capital, universities, research, government support, entrepreneurs, corporate partners, and business leaders in order to drive innovation throughout the regional, state, and global economy. Recognized as the #3 Global Incubator in 2015 by UBI, in 4 years LACI has helped more than 40 companies who have raised over $60 million and have created over 800 jobs.

What We Need

  • LACI is looking for an intern dedicated to the advancement of our energy generation & storage cluster.
  • Student must be able to commute to DTLA for a significant portion of the internship hours.
  • Spread of energy career awareness to high school students in the form of outreach

Your Responsibilities

  • Work with LACI to understand specific challenges and opportunities of our portfolio companies focused on energy generation & storage cluster and related sectors.
  • Develop a framework for evaluating energy generation & storage cluster business models, challenges, opportunities and sub–sectors.
  • Research industry participants and establish relationships and/or partnerships to further develop the energy generation & storage cluster at LACI.
  • Find and recruit a minimum of 5 potential portfolio company applicants for the energy generation & storage cluster.
  • Find and develop a minimum of 5 partner organizations to increase energy generation & storage cluster focused programming, events, promote sponsorship opportunities, increase LKIC tenancy, and develop public funding collaboration initiatives.
  • Research public funding and utility energy generation & storage cluster landscapes to uncover opportunities for LACI.
  • Establish relationships with industry participants to promote a demonstration project at the La Kretz Innovation Campus.
  • Perform a GAAPs analysis to further LACI’s strength in the energy generation & storage cluster.
  • Develop and implement a storage cluster strategy for LACI culminating in a formal presentation to the appropriate members of the management team.

Your Qualifications

  • Fearless attitude towards energy generation & storage cluster and a willingness to learn.
  • Creative and inquisitive with a passion to grow your skills.
  • Strong work ethic and professional attitude.
  • Background in social entrepreneurship, sustainable development and/or environmental sciences preferred.

Your Benefits

  • Beautiful, fun, office environment in the hub of cleantech and start-up incubation.
  • Exposure to the best and brightest entrepreneurs making a difference in the world.
  • Access to seminars, events and networking mixers.

CLGP Manufacturing and Training – CHERP, Inc.

Claremont Locally Grown Power (CLGP) of the Community Home Energy Retrofit Program (CHERP) is looking for a student intern for the 2016/2017 academic year to assist on the manufacturing and training committee, which  fine tunes the manufacturing process, physically implements panel assembly, determines quality control standards, and creates manuals for future manufacturers.

A paid intern will oversee the workshop program and design of manuals and will work with peer instructors to configure the design space and tool layout required for each step and arrange the necessary material storage location and protocol. The hands-on experience and knowledge accumulated by students in this committee will enable them to eventually design a layout of a CLGP manufacturing facility that provides jobs to the local economy.

Manufacturing processes

  1. Solder cell components
  2. String cells together
  3. Assemble panel from strung cells
  4. Laminate panel
  5. Install laminated panel in frame and weather seal
  6. Assemble electronic controller on back of panel
  7. Flash-test each assembled panel
  8. Determine factory layout (following iteration of steps 1-7 at HMC)

Additional requirement: Engage with local high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college using classroom presentations.

CLGP Testing and Verification – CHERP, Inc.

It is important to effectively communicate and demonstrate the practical implications of Forward Only Zero Hot Spot (FOZHS) technology. An intern on the testing and verification committee will accomplish this by replicating an empirical study on the gen-3 prototype and designing a mobile panel demonstration module. He/she will also run in-the-field data collection on panel performance to ensure community reciprocity and contribute to research and development for future panel generations.

Roles and responsibilities

  1. Replicate empirical studies on gen-3 cells and panels to test the durability and propensity of Forward Only Zero Hot Spot technology
  2. Publish empirical data and describe experimental procedures in a peer-reviewed white paper
  3. Attend a gen-3 prototype production in Silicon Valley (would entail a weekend field trip)
  4. Design mobile prototype trailer setup used for panel demonstration
  5. Design field test goals and processes for gen-3 prototype
  6. Set up in-field system monitoring procedures and software and analyze overall performance of deployed PV systems

Additional requirements: Engage with a minimum of 40 high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college, using a classroom presentation. Electrical engineering, physics, or chemistry background preferred.

CLGP Project Financing – CHERP, Inc.

Claremont Locally Grown Power (CLGP) of the Community Home Energy Retrofit Program (CHERP) are looking for a student intern for the 2016/2017 academic year to handle project financing at every stage. This role is critical to the impact and longevity of the Energy Collaborative. Students seeking experiences in clean energy finance should join this committee. The Finance Committee Intern  will manage a team of students with the following roles and responsibilities:

  1. Handle financing throughout different stages of the development and implementation of Claremont Locally Grown Power from prototype, to factory, to production
  2. Explore and manage kickstarter and GoFundMe campaigns and related public outreach
  3. Form relationships with individual material donors for the solar system
  4. Form relationships with individual financial donors
  5. Research of and application for funding from grant sources including but not limited to EB-5, iBank, Grant Farm, the city of Claremont, and the state
  6. Understand and be comfortable explaining the Community Choice Aggregation framework for power distribution and potentially assist in the city of Claremont’s transition to this model (this responsibility will not develop until future quarters)

Additional requirement: Engage with local high school students to create awareness of energy careers and available courses of study at your college using a class presentation. Economics or finance background preferred; should enjoy community engagement and working with people.