Energy-Water Desalination Analysis (Year-round) Graduate Student Intern

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Golden, CO, United States 🇺🇸

Posting Title

Energy-Water Desalination Analysis (Year-round) Graduate Student Intern


CO – Golden

Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term).

Hours Per Week


Job Description

A graduate student internship position is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center. NREL is the nation’s primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

We have an opening for a graduate student intern in our Golden, Colorado office. The intern will join a team of researchers in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center ( who perform environmental sustainability assessments of energy and water technologies.

The project the intern will support aims to estimate the cost and energy intensity of water treatment systems of varying source water types. The intern will perform literature reviews of water treatment system life cycle assessments and techno-economic analyses. Along with this initial literature review, the intern will be involved in data collection and analysis of technology innovations in water treatment systems. Based on performance, this position allows for participation in other NREL energy-water-nexus activities.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated skill and experience with data collection and analysis of water data sets.
  • Familiarity with federal and state water data sets is preferred for this position. Knowledge of water use and treatment systems within manufacturing industries is desirable but not required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as strong recordkeeping skills.
  • Proven abilities to develop informative papers and presentations
  • A strong desire to meet deadlines.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in environment engineering, engineering, operations research, economics, environmental science, business, or other energy-related field or equivalent relevant experience.

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation.

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts as part of the application process.

Additional Required Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

  • Applicants working toward their PhD, with consideration towards how the work of this project could contribute toward their dissertation. The team at NREL has in-depth knowledge and experience in energy-water-nexus analysis that will provide a philosophical if not tactical framing for this project.
  • Previous experience with water policy, resiliency, and risk analysis is preferred for this position.
  • The applicant will ideally have a strong publication record compared to peers at similar levels of education and career experience.
  • The applicant should desire to work independently within a team environment.

Submission Guidelines

Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any position at NREL you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

EEO Policy

NREL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard basis of age (40 and over), color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, national origin/ancestry, race, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding), sexual orientation, and any other applicable status protected by federal, state, or local laws.