Clean Energy Business

The future of your business relies on new talent


Looking to increase profitability and achieve greater resiliency? The energy industry faces accelerated technological advancements. As new building systems are introduced and evolve, you need a staff that is ready for future changes. You can create a pipeline of skilled talent and a competitive advantage by hiring clean energy interns.

NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Internship Program is partially funding the placement and salary of skilled interns for eligible, clean energy businesses. Funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and the amount is dependent on your businesses’ size:

  • Percent covered for employers with fewer than 100 employees: 90%
  • Percent covered for employers with 100 or more employees: 75%

Eligibility Requirements

  • Eligible clean energy businesses Energy efficiency and clean technology businesses, including start-up companies. This can also include business or labor management organizations working on behalf of energy efficiency or clean technology businesses. This does not include academic or government entities.
  • Private-for-profit or private not-for-profit businesses
  • Registered to do business, with a formal office in New York State
  • Provide one or more eligible energy services Provide services related to research, manufacture, design, procurement, installation, operation, commissioning, technical sales, etc. in the following areas: energy efficiency, renewable electric power generation, grid modernization and energy storage, alternative transportation, renewable fuels.

Program Details

Eligible businesses can either choose approved candidates from NYSERDA’s intern directory or select your own interns and have them directly apply through the Clean Energy Internship Program.

Internships will last a minimum of 8 weeks and must be for a minimum of 80 total hours. Interns can work a maximum of 18 hours per week for any time the students are attending school full time. Eligible interns not taking classes can work up to 40 hours per week. Total hours eligible for reimbursement are capped at 960 hours or the total of intern hours completed within a 12-month period, whichever is fewer.

Intern wages that will be reimbursed can range from the New York State minimum wage at the time of hire to up to $17 per hour.

Read the full funding opportunity for more information about the program, or view frequently asked questions.

Why You Should Consider Hiring Clean Energy Interns

Investing in your future workforce may be good for your business if you are:

  • Managing skilled employees expected to retire in the near future
  • Having difficulty finding qualified candidates in the energy sector
  • Investing in new equipment, systems, and technologies
  • Looking to support job creation in New York’s growing clean energy economy

Frequently Asked Questions

Get Started

Get started by completing the application process and learning more about how the program works. 

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