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.

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“In 11 weeks, I got to source and connect with amazing teams of entrepreneurs solving the most pressing challenges in the energy world. These were PhDs, reinvented athletes, single mothers, emeritus professors, all driven by their unique stories to tackle climate change.” – Elena Cavallero, T’21 on her summer 2020 remote internship with Prime Impact Fund

FIND YOUR INTERNSHIP— Internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students will be made available soon. Check back here regularly and keep an eye on our weekly newsletter to see the 2022 list as soon as it goes live.

FUND YOUR INTERNSHIP— Duke undergraduate and graduate students (excluding those who will be graduating in May 2022) 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 internship does not have to be included on the Energy Initiative'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! 

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 are now accepting Summer 2022 listings! 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. Learn more and submit your listings.

QUESTIONS? Contact Stacy Peterson (Assistant Director for Student and Alumni Engagement, Duke University Energy Initiative).

Mailing Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
Box 90467
Durham, NC 27708

Street / Delivery Address

Duke University Energy Initiative
140 Science Drive
Gross Hall, Suite 101
Durham, NC 27708


Location: Virtual | Registration Required
Time: 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm