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NREL Internship (Year-Round): Building Energy Storage in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (Year-Round): Building Energy Storage



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

NREL's Buildings Energy Sciences group has an immediate opening for a graduate intern focusing on modeling multiple energy systems in a building, including thermal storage. The successful candidate will join team members on researching, developing, and evaluating thermal and other energy systems, including battery energy storage, thermal energy storage, heating and air conditioning systems, electric vehicle charging, and photovoltaics.

Under the general direction of senior staff, the successful candidate will:

  • Improve and develop models of thermal and electrical storage systems in buildings,

  • Produce and analyze modeling results of sets of multiple building energy systems,

  • Optimize the sizing and control of behind-the-meter storage assets to mitigate the impact of buildings on the electric grid,

Publish papers in energy-related journals.

Graduate student with strong academic record in heat transfer, thermodynamics, energy systems, and controls classes or projects.

Degree in mechanical engineering or other relevant engineering or science field.

Strong interpersonal communication skills (oral and written), and demonstrated ability to work independently.

Experience with programming in Matlab and/or engineering equation solver.

Experience and interest in the following:

  • modeling of thermal storage components and thermal systems,

  • heat and mass transfer,

  • design, controls, and optimization of multi-asset energy systems,

  • thermodynamics,

  • modeling of building heat transfer and energy flows,

  • numerical modeling techniques, computer programming, and analysis of large datasets.


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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