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NREL Internship (Year-Round) - Industry Growth Forum in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (Year-Round) - Industry Growth Forum



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

A student internship is available in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (IEC). Start date will be August 2019 and the internship will occur through the end of June 2020. The position would be part-time 20-25 hours per week.

The Industry Growth Forum is the premier event for clean energy startups to maximize their exposure to receptive venture capital, corporate investors, and strategic partners. The position will provide great exposure.

The main responsibilities of the job include stakeholder support and engagement for the 2020 Industry Growth Forum. (ht at t p:// at

Specific objectives:

  • Initial tasks will be focused on recruiting clean energy startups to apply to present at the IGF through extensive email outreach and proactive calls to startups to inform them of the IGF and value proposition of applying. This involved both researching prospective applicants and the outreach communication to the prospects.

  • Support IGF team with coordination of and communication to presenting companies once selected.

  • Support IGF team with the recruitment and coordination of and communication with seated professionals and judges.

  • Support setup and administration of the mobile software.

  • Support setup and administration of the registration software.

  • Conduct industry research and analysis in search of potential sponsorships and attendees.

  • Support the event management of the program in general (IGF email account, website updates, surveys, sponsor recruitment).

  • Support social media and marketing efforts – includes content marketing.

  • Provide on-site logistical support of the event (April).

Skills needed:

  • Effective written and oral communication skills for communicating with senior level individuals at start-up companies and contribution to content marketing

  • Comfortable making cold calls to prospective startups to articulate value of the IGF with goal of having them apply to present

  • Familiarity with various software platforms and systems–including CRM, mobile app, registration, email marketing

  • Ability to network effectively and communicate accurate information regarding all aspects of the Industry Growth Forum to a wide range of stakeholders

  • Operational analytical skills and experience with excel advanced features to support updating of the annual IGF whitepaper


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: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Additional Qualifications

Business or engineering coursework background in renewable energy, finance, sales, marketing, economics, research and analysis, environmental studies, international policy, investment, or entrepreneurship. Strong written and oral communication skills, expertise in Microsoft Excel and other Office programs, proactive networking ability, attention to detail and ability to multi-task are critical.

Preferred Qualifications

Individual with their finger on the pulse of what is happening in clean technology, entrepreneurship, and affiliated clean tech startup business competition networks; who is interested in the business side of renewable energy and clean technology.


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