***The funding period for summer 2022 internships has closed. We will resume internship listings in 2023--more details to come in the fall!***

The Energy Internship Program connects Duke students from all majors, backgrounds, and degree programs to summer internship opportunities across the energy sector, including at start-ups, utilities, renewable energy developers, large firms, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Text: "I could not have asked for a better opportunity this summer. I feel very grateful to the Energy Initiative and my boss Kate Ringness. This was the perfect first step into the world of energy: I got to be a fly on the wall watching big decisions get made, understand how complex teams of smart individuals work together, and research and learn about some of my own interests in the energy sector." - Kate Neal (T'23), Intern at SmartBlock Communities. Polaroid frame with three smiling individuals outdoors under Duke archway. Caption: L to R: Kate Ringness (JD'94, LLM'94) and interns Kate Neal (T'23) and Erin Yu (T'24) finally met f2f on campus this fall!

FUND YOUR INTERNSHIP— Duke undergraduate and graduate students who will be returning to Duke for the subsequent fall semester may apply for supplementary funding through the Energy Internship Program once they have been offered an energy-related internship. This funding can be used to turn an unpaid internship into a paid internship or increase the stipend for a low-paying internship. The funding period for summer 2022 internships has closed.

The internship does not have to be included on the Nicholas Institute's list of opportunities for you to be eligible for funding. The amount of financial support will be negotiated with both student and employer, based on numerous factors, including the extent of compensation (if any) indicated in the internship offer letter. Funding decisions are made on a rolling basis, so apply ASAP after receiving your internship offer! 

We will consider funding applications for unpaid or low-paid internships. Low-paid internships are generally defined as those for which the compensation does not cover your primary living expenses in the region where the hiring organization requires you to live.

Note: International students requiring CPT status must be approved for CPT to receive funding from the Energy Internship Program. This must be determined and approved with Duke Visa Services PRIOR to the start of the funded internship.

Thanks to a partnership with the James E. Rogers Energy Access Project at Duke, some funding is reserved for internships related to energy access or energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES— Explore other Duke-affiliated programs on our summer experiences page. And of course, the career center affiliated with your Duke school has information about other potential opportunities and is an excellent source of advice on interviewing and other career development skills.

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“When we heard about the Energy Initiative Internship Program, we jumped on the opportunity to list a summer 2019 opening at our tech startup, knowing that Duke students would be motivated and passionate about the energy space. It was an easy process that helped us identify an intern who was a great fit and made valuable contributions.” – Dr. Megan O’Connor, CEO, Nth Cycle

FOR COMPANIES, AGENCIES, & ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING DUKE STUDENT INTERNS—We'll make it easy for you to find a self-starter who’s eager to learn and contribute to your company next summer. Our talent pool includes undergraduate and graduate students in many degree programs, including business, engineering, environmental management, law, policy, the sciences, and more. All benefit from Duke's interdisciplinary approach to energy education, which encourages systemic thinking and hones students’ problem-solving skills.

QUESTIONS? Contact Bryan Koen (Senior Education Program Coordinator, Nicholas Institute).

Mailing Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708

919-613-1305 

  • Bryan Koen
    Senior Education Program Coordinator

    Bryan’s work supports the Nicholas Institute’s educational programming, events and communications.