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NREL Summer Intern - Power Electronics Hardware Design and Optimization in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Summer Intern - Power Electronics Hardware Design and Optimization



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

As a member of the Integrated Devices and Systems (IDS) research staff for the summer the successful candidate will conduct research in the area of power electronics for renewable energy, with a focus on medium voltage (MV) capable systems for photovoltaic (PV) inverters. This research will include inverter design, PCB layout, prototype development and debugging, MATLAB (or other tool) based optimization of power electronic stage efficiency, lifetime and cost.

The successful candidate is expected to fully participate in the IDS team attending group meetings, seminars, etc. Further, completed work will be published via technical journals/conference proceedings; conferences, symposia, and review meetings. The successful candidate will also follow all Environment, Safety, and Health policies and procedures to ensure and maintain a safe working environment.


Basic Qualifications

Must be a recent BSEE (or equivalent) graduate within the last three years. 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

  • Recent MSEE graduate

  • Currently engaged in PhD-level studies

  • Prior experience with hardware prototyping and design

  • Texas Instruments DSP programming/design experience

  • Optimization tool experience

  • Excellent writing and communications skills

  • Ability to present technical results to a wide audience


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