Do you believe clean energy can advance racial, economic, and environmental justice?
We do too!
That’s why the Yale Center for Business and the Environment is thrilled to offer Planetary Solutions in Clean Energy. This program offers summer research and internship opportunities to students at Yale who are committed to advancing energy equity and pursuing a career in the clean energy field.
Selected interns and research fellows will each receive:
- a $10,000 stipend for the summer.
- supervision and guidance, and share and learn from peers in weekly meetings as a cohort.
- support and guidance from Rob Klee, Yale lecturer and former Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
Research opportunities will focus on energy justice, scalable decarbonization innovations, municipalities, and sub-national actors moving on climate change solutions, or beyond.
Internships will partner with non-profit, low-profit, and governmental organizations that are committed to energy equity and the investment in and deployment of clean energy into low- and middle-income communities.
- This program supports a total of eight (8) interns/fellows for the summer period.
- Students with financial need and those who are under-represented in the field of clean energy are strongly encouraged to apply.
- These opportunities are open to returning Yale students. Graduating students are not eligible.
We had a wonderful summer with this incredible cohort! The Application for this program will open again in January 2023...stay tuned for more information this December.
In the meantime...check out this video featuring our first cohort on a field trip.
We are delighted to be working with eight incredible organizations on this first iteration of the Planetary Solutions in Clean Energy Summer Internship and Fellowship Program.
- Connecticut Green Bank
- Focus: equitable behind-the-meter battery storage
- City of Ithaca
- Focus: equitable citywide building electrification initiative
- CT Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA)
- Focus: equitable assignment of interconnection costs for distributed energy resources
- Indigenized Energy Initiative
- Focus: tribal solar, tribal renewable energy certificates & tribal utilities
- Inclusive Prosperity Capital
- Focus: clean energy finance support for minority-owned affordable housing developers
- Elevate Energy
- Research: analysis of Illinois’ Climate and Equitable Jobs Act of 2021
- Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) - Office of Public Participation
- Research: the role of increased public participation & diversity of voices in FERC proceedings in supporting a transition to a clean energy economy
- Research: community-level clean energy education and marketing
In addition to working at the host organization or on the proposed research question over the summer, we want to build a cohort-based experience for participating students. We believe that the most benefit comes when students are well-supported by mentors and have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with their peers. We propose the below structure in support of this effort:
- Welcome lunch at the end of April, when cohort is finalized (students + CBEY team)
- Clean energy field trip and hike in Connecticut in mid-May (students + CBEY team)
- Official start of 10-week summer internship or research fellowship on or about May 31st
- Weekly check-in as a group on progress-to-date and plans going forward, likely Monday mornings, for 1 hour, from 9 am – 10 am ET (students + Rob Klee)
- Weekly “brown bag” lunches with a guest from one of our eight host organizations to talk about their work, a challenge they are facing, and how this internship is helping, and open Q&A, likely Tuesdays, for 1 hour between 11 am – 2 pm ET (students + hosts + CBEY team)
- Weekly one-on-one mentorship meetings with Rob Klee, for 30 minutes, likely towards the end of the week, flexibly scheduled (individual student + Rob Klee)
- Official end of the 10-week summer internship or research fellowship on or about August 5th
- Fall Showcase, where students are invited to present their “culminating piece*” from their summer work, likely held in early September, for approximately 1 hour (students, hosts, CBEY team, and other interested members of the Yale clean energy community).
*The “culminating piece” from the students’ summer work could be something they create while on the job for their host, such as a white paper, guide, policy memo, or the like. Or, it could be an academic poster, a talk with slides, art project, video blog, social media campaign, op-ed article, news article, peer-reviewed article draft, or any other creative content.