Getting a renewable energy job

College students know how hard it is to get a renewable energy job

And they know what works. The following insights are recommended by students for students seeking entry level renewable energy jobs.

A List of 18 Great Clean Energy Job Boards

No one does a better job than Dayaway at curating online clean energy job listings for college students – self-promoting, but true… However, we’re not the only game in town. You should also regularly use

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Top Schools with BS/BA Graduates Working in Sustainable Energy

We analyzed 1800+ BS/BA graduates now working in sustainable energy to identify their Alma Maters.  The infogram below shows the top schools. The data represents 2010-2017 graduates working at companies that (a) produce sustainable energy

Energy Storage Investors

Whether you want to start or grow your own start-up or maybe become a sick rich cleantech investor, you need to identify the venture capital, private equity and investment banking firms investing in renewable energy. 

CELI emPOWER Conference

Join the largest gathering of young clean energy professionals at the Clean Energy Leadership Institute’s emPOWER Conference on October 25 in Washington, DC. With opportunities to connect with each other, learn about industry trends, and

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Student Energy

Why Following Up Should Always Be A Priority

When applying for jobs & internships, you need to follow-up, say thank you and move fast. People will remember you if you do, and won’t if you don’t. Follow-up after: completing an application, interview, informational

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Informational Interviews – More Buying, Less Selling

Arranging informational interviews with recent graduates working in renewable energy is the single most important networking step you must take. The strategy is as much about what you don’t do as what you do. You don’t

Informational Interviews – How to Make the Connection

After you have identified specific industries, companies and roles you are interested in (making a large brainstorming tree is very helpful), most folks go to LinkedIn and do a “company search” to find companies they

Finding the Common Ground – The Most Effective Networking Tool

When you’re networking digitally (i.e., sending emails to young professionals you don’t know), you need to make certain that you reach out to people with whom you have common ground. Common ground makes you more

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How to Prepare for your Informational Interview

Before your interview, do serious online research about the company and the person. Google the company to learn about their products, services, leadership, financial report card, press releases, etc. Study your interviewee’s Linkedin profile carefully (the

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How to Make that Perfect Cover Letter

Lots of people have lots of opinions about cover letters – length, organization, content, etc. But, there’s at least one consensus point: show you know something about the company to which you are writing! Most

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How to become a LinkedIn Pro

After spending way too much time on LinkedIn to help you guys, here are things I urge you to do (and not to do). When creating your profile: Headshot HD pic, 400 by 400

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Getting Value from an Online Job Listing Without Applying for the Job

Most people feel that online jobs listings suck. While we agree that most of your job search time should be spent talking to people who can help you and not on Google, a site like

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How to Build Your Professional Brand

Have you thought about your professional brand, about how you get labeled in a few words. Businesses shape their brands. So should you. Think first about career related things you are good at, that you

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A Useful List of Great Renewable Energy Organizations

Every hiring process will put your knowledge to the test. Knowledge about the industry, its leaders and its most pressing issues.  So, the trick is to meet people in renewables and to be informed about

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Don’t be Afraid of the Detour – Just Follow Your North Star

Many, maybe a majority of, the early stage professionals I see working in clean energy have worked outside clean energy first. Depending upon their degree and major, they’ve worked (for a year or two) at

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Daily Dose of Inspiration

OK, it’s your Holiday and/or Break time.  Time to enjoy family, friends and free time – and not worry about getting a job or internship. Fair enough. But if you feel a little bored or

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Internships: Unpaid May Payoff

Many students ignore unpaid summer internships. Let’s face it, you need the money, and it just seems wrong to work and not get paid, right? Yes, but the following reasons convince many students to accept

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Far away from home? Be Open to a Road-Trip Internship!

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

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Landing that Perfect Summer Internship: Tips & Tricks

The single, most important thing you can do to get employed in renewable energy is to intern in renewable energy. But it’s not that easy to do. Renewable energy companies have many candidates for each

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A Guide to Consulting Firms in Renewable Energy

Set forth below is a list of consulting, engineering & software firms active in clean energy and energy efficiency. Better yet, they hire recent college graduates (and interns)! This is a diversified list: small &

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The Numbers Game: Quantity with Quality

Looking for a job in general and trying to secure a Clean Tech job in particular requires you to play what I refer to as the numbers game. This means that the more opportunities you

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The Expertise Stepping Stone

Lots of super talented young professionals, when looking for a renewable energy job, say, “I don’t want to get pigeon-holed!” They have a vision for their future. Most jobs don’t line up. So, they hold

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Should You Take an Internship After Graduation?

Probably the last thing you want to do after graduating is to sign upfor an internship. But this can often be a very smart move. Some clean energy companies hire graduates into internship roles with