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National Renewable Energy Laboratory Year Round Under/Graduate Internship - Water Power in Boulder, Colorado

Posting Title

Year Round Under/Graduate Internship - Water Power



CO - Boulder


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)

Annual Salary Range: $39,600 - $63,500

Offers will typically be made in the bottom half of the listed range. NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, as well as the position's work location, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.

Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Energy Conversion and Storage Systems Center (ECaSS) focuses on systems engineering for energy conversion and storage technologies such as batteries, hydrogen, geothermal, thermal, and water power.

A position is immediately available to support water power technology and modeling analysis. An ideal candidate will have the ability to work part time during the school year (15-25 hours per week) and full-time (40 hours per week) during breaks if available.

This intern will be supporting the water power group, which supports market acceleration for marine energy technologies. We are looking for a highly organized intern with excellent writing and research skills. This intern will support the water power numerical modeling effort, including:

  • Work with Senior Engineers to design sub-systems within marine energy applications; including but not limited to, hydrodynamic design exploration, drivetrain designs, structural assemblies, mooring configurations, electric generator designs;

  • Data collection and literature review to capture relevant technology, materials, manufacturing techniques and identify innovation opportunities;

  • Support for the development of analytical methods and models to characterize power production and the associated current and future technology costs, under varied technology development and deployment scenarios;

  • Work within the WEC-Sim environment to support internal code development or joint industry projects;

  • Writing and supporting the publishing of research results.

NREL’s intern program provides a diverse opportunity for students and recent graduates. In addition to mentorship and real, hands-on experience, students and recent graduates will participate in professional development activities that will help strengthen their technical and professional skills.


Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree 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 official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.

•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree student in Mechanical or Ocean Engineering, or related engineering discipline;

  • Excellent writing, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills;

  • Fluency within the MATLAB/Simulink environment;

  • Basic working knowledge with computer-aided design software (such as Autocad, Solidworks, Rhino, etc.).

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Interdisciplinary coursework in energy.

  • Engineering background and experience.

  • Adaptable.

  • Works well in groups and individually with moderate supervision and feedback.

  • Experience working with the open-source code WEC-Sim (

  • Experience working with the commercial code WAMIT ( or the open-source code NEMOH (

  • Experience working with the commercial code Solidworks ( or Rhino (

Preferred Qualifications

Highly valued:

  • Team-oriented, working toward a common goal.

  • Desire to learn more about emerging marine energy technologies.

  • Ability to collect data from academia and other stakeholder groups.

  • Passion for renewable energy technology with a specific interest in water power technologies.


  • Interdisciplinary coursework in energy.

  • Engineering background and experience.

  • Adaptable.

  • Works well in groups and individually with moderate supervision and feedback.

  • Experience working with the open-source code WEC-Sim (

  • Experience working with the commercial code WAMIT ( or the open-source code NEMOH (

  • Experience working with the commercial code Solidworks ( or Rhino (


Benefits Summary

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.

* Based on eligibility rules

Submission Guidelines

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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