Duke students, welcome to your one-stop shop for planning a summer of energy exploration.

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Whether you seek an energy internship, research experience, or service-learning opportunity, this directory has you covered!

The Energy Internship Program connects Duke undergraduate and graduate students from all majors 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.

Qualifying undergraduate and graduate students can also apply for supplementary funding for internship opportunities. The internship does not have to be included on the Energy Internship Program's list of opportunities for you to be eligible for funding. Thanks to a partnership with the Energy Access Project at Duke, some funds are reserved for internships related to energy access or energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries. Supplementary funding applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

The Stanback Fellowship Program is a partnership between the Nicholas School of the Environment and non-profit environmental organizations. The purpose of the program is to provide students with significant project-based learning experiences in energy, conservation, advocacy, policy, research, and applied resource management. Open to all Duke students who are eligible to work in the United States and who have at least one semester remaining at Duke before they graduate.  Learn more.  Applications for 2021 have closed.

Data+ is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, collaborating with other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.

Applications and projects for 2021 are available to browse here. Applications will be evlauated on a rolling basis.

Data+ features one energy-related project this year: Creating artificial worlds with AI to improve energy access data

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"Along with the Energy Data Analytics Lab and the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative, students will explore how machine learning can be developed to better identify and characterize energy infrastructure and scale up its application across geographies. Using synthetic data generation such as style transfer and/or 3D models to create images of artificial cities and communities, we will examine how well an algorithm trained on one set of training data is able to adapt to new places and types of energy infrastructure. This research will increase the speed and scale of assessment towards an automated, global assessment of energy infrastructure. The resulting data would empower decision-makers and energy system planners to make better decisions for planning electricity system development for communities with limited electricity access or reliability." Learn more and apply here.

Deadlines for 2021 have not been anounced yet.
Sustainable Duke has launched the Trillium Student Research Initiative to bring students and faculty together to incorporate sustainability learning outcomes into Duke's course offerings. Selected faculty are awarded with a fully funded student researcher for the summer to assist in the development of integrating sustainability into their existing or new courses. Students must commit to working 35 hours a week for 8-11 weeks. Learn more

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The Duke Global Policy (DGP) Program in Geneva, Switzerland helps undergraduate and graduate students learn how international and non-governmental organizations in Geneva are addressing today’s most pressing global challenges.

All participants take a rigorous weeklong course (three academic credits) that includes site visits at international and non-governmental agencies, networking events, professional coaching, group case simulations, and a culminating policy memo assignment. Many participants also opt to stay in Geneva for the summer to complete an internship at an international or non-governmental agency.

Each year, the Energy Initiative funds up to two advanced undergraduates or graduate students to complete both the Duke Global Policy Program course ("Environment, Energy, and the Economy" track) and an internship in Geneva. Students must submit a separate application to be considered for this funding. The possibility of a Sumer 2021 course week will be determined in early 2021. Please check with the DGP Program website for the latest updates. 

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DukeEngage empowers undergraduate students to address critical human needs by fully funding a summer of immersive service. 

The group programs offered through DukeEngage sometimes focus on energy topics. For example, for summer 2020, the Energy Initiative helped organize "Researching the potential for sustainable development and growth for Paraguay and Brazil," led by energy faculty members Dr. Christine Folch and Dr. Luana Marangon. 

Alternatively, students can propose an independent DukeEngage project tailored to the needs of a community partner of their choosing (which could be an energy-related organization), with learning objectives especially meaningful to them, in a location of particular interest. 

Your school's career center is also an excellent resource for finding internship opportunities and funding: 

Know about another #energysummer opportunity that we've missed? Please contact Stacy Peterson (stacy.peterson@duke.edu) with the details.

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Durham, NC 27708

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