Most students are not going to find a renewable energy summer internship in their home or college town. Many RE companies are clustered in a few well-known cleantech zones (SF, Boston, Denver, etc.). Even more RE companies are located randomly around the country. It’s just not likely you’ll find a good match, especially after you factor in your specific major, role and sector preferences. So, you’ll need to “hit the road” if you want to intern in renewable energy.
You may be thinking, “but where will I live and who would I know; seems kind of hard for just an internship”. Arranging temporary housing takes work, but it’s easier than you might think. Most companies are located close to a college where you can sublet a student’s apartment for the summer or rent a dorm room. Hotels often offer discounted monthly rates. When applying for the internship, you will want to inform the employer that you will be responsible for your temporary relocation.
Yes, you’ll probably feel lonely, bored and sometimes scared. Most young professionals will not be up for this. But for those who look past this aspect, it demonstrates unmistakably to future employers (after the internship) that you are determined, mature, and resourceful – a person who embraces new situations and makes the best out of them. You will become stronger and more independent and your peers will most definitely admire your initiative and energy. This is a powerful way to distinguish yourself, to separate yourself from the pack.
I’m not saying it’s easy. But, it may be your best option to get into renewable energy.