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NREL Internship - Power Sector Transmission Modeling and Analysis in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship - Power Sector Transmission Modeling and Analysis



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

Job Summary:

An advanced undergraduate/graduate student internship position is available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center’s Economics and Forecasting group in our Golden, Colorado office. NREL is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The immediate opening is to assist energy analysts in electricity system planning modeling and analyses. The position is full-time (40 hours per week) during the spring and/or summer semesters. The successful candidate may participate on a broad range of analyses of transmission systems that leverage power system modeling tools. Duties may include development of model inputs for transmission technologies, analysis and characterization of scenario results, and modification and execution of electric system models.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be working with staff on the Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) modeling team to conduct model development and analysis of electric power transmission systems in the Unites States. Tasks may include:

  • Researching, compiling, and analyzing transmission system data

  • With guidance from senior staff, modifying existing ReEDS code in order to implement a variety of assumptions within the model

  • Working with senior analysts to conduct modeling analysis exploring the impacts of a wide variety of assumptions on transmission system evolution

  • Validating the representation of transmission in the model based on historical data

Preferred Knowledge and Skills:

  • Background in power systems, transmission, energy economics, engineering, and basic experience working with models

  • Experience with optimization, specifically linear programming

  • Experience using optimization modeling software (e.g., GAMS, AMPL)

  • Proficiency with R or Python


Basic Qualifications

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 and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.


Additional Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications


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