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 internship, prefer rising juniors and seniors and often rely on internal recommendations. So, you need a plan and a lot of determination. Here’s our advice.
If you’re a freshman and even a sophomore, be open to internships outside of clean energy. You don’t have a lot of experience (bad thing), but you have at least two more summers ahead (a good thing). Be happy to get any internship that will build some good basic skills, give you a practice lap in the working world and produce a good recommendation at the end. Bottom line, don’t sit around all summer because the only internships available were not in clean energy.
Now, everyone needs to start spending 2 to 3 hours/week during school (at least) doing this:
- Read to find listings, leads and tips
- Talk to former interns to develop contacts
- Apply for LOTS of openings (>10)
But how specifically do you do that, right? Try this:
- Find tons of summer internships in renewables at this link Apply!
- Read all our short but awesome articles on both internships and informational interviewing
- Find and talk to young people like you in renewables by using our Everyman networking platform
Now is the time to find that awesome summer internship!