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NREL Transportation and Energy Systems Modeling and Analysis (Year-Round) Graduate Intern in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Transportation and Energy Systems Modeling and Analysis (Year-Round) Graduate Intern



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The Advanced Vehicle and Fueling Infrastructure Group has an opening for a student intern to help analyze, model, and optimize the integration of alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure with energy systems. The successful candidate will use modeling tools such as the Automotive Deployment Options Projection Tool (ADOPT) or the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Projection (EVI-Pro) model, along with large datasets of input data, to assess and optimize regional and national transportation infrastructure design and perform analysis to support alternative fuel vehicle adoption.

We are seeking a graduate student (or recent graduate within 6 months) with a passion for economic and scenario analysis, consumer behavior, complex systems modeling, and alternative fuel vehicles to join our growing team. Because this is an emerging research area, we are interested in applicants from a broad background. This position will require the successful candidate to participate in the development and execution of transportation infrastructure models, analysis of results, and publication of findings in written reports and spoken presentations. Education in fields such as engineering, transportation infrastructure, energy system modeling, and/or economic analysis is preferred. Experience with computer modeling and programming is required, with strong preference for skills in MATLAB/Julia. Strong communication skills including interpersonal, presentations, and writing required. Ability to work both independently and with a team needed.


Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and experience with emerging transportation and energy systems and technologies, including background and experience in one or more of the following:

  • Exposure to concepts and modeling methods in integrated assessment, transportation systems, power systems, electric vehicle infrastructure design, and other relevant engineering or econometric systems

  • Demonstrated experience in analysis of integrated systems

  • Experience in solving numerical scientific or engineering problems that require large datasets using programming languages such as MATLAB, Julia, Python, R, or similar

  • Demonstrated interaction with cross-disciplinary research teams and external stakeholders

  • Prior work or academic experience on topics relating to customer adoption or customer operation of novel energy and transportation technologies

  • Prior work or academic experience on topics relating to behavioral, economic, and regulatory aspects of transportation and energy networks

  • Exceptional written and spoken communication skills, with a strong preference for experience in preparation of journal articles

  • Completed Bachelor's degree and currently in process toward Master’s degree in Environmental and Energy Economics or in relevant discipline.

  • Good writing, interpersonal and communication skills.


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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