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NREL Internship (Summer) Advanced Building Technology Researcher in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (Summer) Advanced Building Technology Researcher



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL’s Commercial Buildings Research Group (CBRG) is seeking multiple undergraduate or graduate students to further the deployment of advanced energy-efficiency technologies in the built environment. CBRG staff continually expand the scientific frontier in the built-environment space by conducting the foundational research necessary to enable optimized energy use, generation, and storage in the built environment at multiple scales. Our research significantly enhances the resiliency, efficiency, and affordability of energy systems across the United States and the world.

Tasks within this internship opportunity will consist primarily of:

(1) working with researchers and engineers in a laboratory environment to characterize the performance of cutting-edge energy efficiency technologies (next-generation HVAC technologies, IoT-enabled smart power strips, etc.); and

(2) using the resulting data and the U.S. Department of Energy’s state-of-the-art modeling toolset to evaluate the energy and peak demand savings potential of the lab-tested technologies in the real world. This work may also include opportunities for the student to publish research outcomes in partnership with NREL staff.

Follow-up internship opportunities may exist with NREL’s project partners, allowing the student to follow a technology from characterization and evaluation through to real-world implementation.


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

  • Knowledge of basic building science principles, theories, and concepts, including thermodynamics and heat transfer.

  • Knowledge of and/or exposure to design of experiments principles.

  • Familiarity with, or exposure to, electric utility efficiency programs and practices in the greater Chicago area.

  • Strong technical writing, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Bachelor's degree in architectural, mechanical, aerospace engineering, or other relevant discipline, completed or in progress.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with building energy modeling techniques and software platforms (OpenStudio/EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, etc.).

  • Research/testing experience in a laboratory setting.


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