Clean Energy Business

The goal of the New York State Clean Energy Internship Program is to provide clean energy businesses in the state with a pool of young, skilled professionals while providing relevant career experiences to people entering the workforce. The program facilitates the placement of paid interns at qualified clean energy companies across the state and will partially fund the intern salary. Funding is allocated on a first-come first-served basis to employers that register and get all completed required materials to NYSERDA.

Eligibility

  • Be an eligible clean energy business, as defined in the New York State Clean Energy Internships solicitation (PON4000).
  • Be registered to do business in New York State.
  • Provide a meaningful internship.
  • Provide adequate proof that the organization is able to pay the intern(s) and all associated costs associated with employment.
  • Successfully demonstrate that the organization has a formal office in New York State.
  • Not be an academic or government entity.
  • Be in good standing with NYSERDA and the NYS Department of Labor.

For any other questions not covered here, please contact CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov

Incentives and Funding

Funding is allocated on a first-come first-served basis to eligible employers that register and return all completed materials to NYSERDA.

Reimbursement is on a sliding scale depending on the size of the employer:

  • Percent covered for employers with 20 or fewer employees: 90%
  • Percent covered for employers with 21 - 100 employees: 75%
  • Percent covered for employers with 100 or more employees: 50%

How to Apply

The program is now open. Applications will only be accepted online* and must include general business information and uploaded job descriptions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can an intern remain at my organization?
An intern will be subsidized for up to 12 weeks of work in one calendar year. They may stay on after the conclusion of a session, but their work will not be subsidized by NYSERDA. There are also restrictions on hiring the same intern in subsequent sessions under this program.

What is the process for reviewing student candidates?
The review of candidates for internships is done exclusively by the host employer, and they may interview and hire candidates with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Host Employers approved to participate in the program can gain access to a portal of approved interns. All interns must have applied and been approved through the NYSERDA portal. If you find an intern that you are interested in hiring, please have them apply. NYSERDA will provide final approval to extend an offer to the intern, contingent upon verification of the applicant’s eligibility and the availability of funds.

The cleantech industry is very competitive. I’d like to have my intern sign a non-compete agreement. Is there a policy for non-compete agreements?
The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for students entering the clean energy workforce and improve their prospects for future employment in the industry. A non-compete agreement goes against the spirit of the program, and therefore, at no point shall an intern sign a non-compete agreement. If a Host Employer attempts to execute a non-compete agreement with a subsidized intern, that employer will not be eligible to receive reimbursement through the Internship Program. It is instead suggested that an intern be asked to sign a non-disclosure or confidentiality agreement, if necessary, to protect any sensitive information.

My intern left before completing the internship. Can I still hire someone?
Yes. If a hired intern terminates employment during the internship, NYSERDA may at its discretion allow a Host Employer to hire an additional intern and use the remaining funding allocated to the previous intern. Please be aware that any new student selected must first be approved as eligible by NYSERDA, and the Host Employer would then need to submit a signed offer letter for that individual before NYSERDA could issue final approval.

Contact

For questions regarding internships, contact CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov