Prospective Interns

Are you looking to learn more about clean energy and the possibility of a career in this growing industry? The New York State Clean Energy Internship program will give you hands-on experience in companies with green missions that range from energy efficiency to alternative transportation to wind. If selected by a clean energy company to participate, you will work as a paid intern and expand your knowledge and skill-set.

Eligibility

Students will be required to meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Students attending or having attended a college or university located in New York State within the last calendar year;
  • A New York State resident attending or having attended a college or university outside of New York State within the last calendar year; or
  • An 18- to 24-year-old participating in a work preparedness training program such as Board of Cooperative Educational Service (BOCES), technical high schools, AmeriCorps NCC, the Excelsior Conservation AmeriCorps, etc.

Note that internships for out-of-state students must take place during the summer session.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many interns will be selected?
The final number of interns will be determined by successful matches between the Host Employers and applicants. Wage subsidies for Host Employers are available on a first-come, first-served basis until NYSERDA has committed all the funding allocated to the program. After total allocation of funds, employers may still access the database of candidates and offer paid or unpaid internships at the employer’s discretion.

What paperwork is required for a student to participate?
Interns that attend(ed) a New York State college or university will be required to submit documentation that verifies enrollment and residency. Interns that attend(ed) out‐of‐state institutions must submit a copy of an enrollment letter from their respective college or university, as well as supporting documents proving New York State residency. Employers may require further documentation.

What is the intern stipend and how will interns be paid?
Interns will be hired and paid directly by the Host Employer. The pay rate should be established prior to accepting the internship offer.

My employer wants me to sign a non-compete agreement. What should I do?
It is NYSERDA policy that no intern participating in the Internship Program be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. Signing a non-compete agreement may compromise your ability to work in this industry after completion of your internship. Any employer that asks you to sign a non-compete agreement should be reported to NYSERDA by emailing CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email NYSERDA at CleanEnergyInternship@nyserda.ny.gov.

Interviewing Tips for Future Interns

  1. Be Prepared
    • Research the company you are interviewing with and know their main goals and objectives.
    • Practice answering sample interview questions with a partner.
    • Wear appropriate attire.
    • Prepare a list of questions about the company and their expectations for the position.
    • Bring a copy of your résumé, a writing sample, and a notebook and a pen to take notes.
  2. Make a Good First Impression
    • Arrive 10-15 minutes before the interview is set to begin. If it is a phone interview, make sure to have all your materials in front of you ten to 15 minutes before the call is set to begin. 
    • Turn your phone OFF.
    • Relax and be yourself!
  3. Focus on Your Relevant Skills
    • Emphasize your skills that are related to the position including coursework, volunteer work, previous internships, and/or work experiences. Keep the emphasis on skills that can help you be successful at any particular internship you’re applying for. 
    • Be ready to provide specific examples or your skills. What makes you a good communicator? How can you show that you take direction well? 
    • If you don’t understand a question, don’t hesitate to ask for clarification.
    • Answer questions in a concise manner, and do not spend too much time answering each question.
  4. Close the Interview with Confidence
    • Thank the interview by name for the opportunity. Ask for an expected timeframe for their hiring decision.
  5. Follow Up the Interview with a Thank You Note
    • Take this opportunity to clarify a topic discussed in the interview and to reaffirm your interest in the organization and the internship. Send a thank you note to everyone in the interview. This is a crucial step.
  6. Respond to any Follow-up Requests from the Company
    • Respond promptly to all follow-up requests from the interviewer or company representative. If they call you, call them back. Do not e-mail or text unless that is how the representative contacted you. 

How to Apply

The program is now open. Applications to the New York Clean Energy Internships will only be accepted online* and must include an uploaded résumé, transcripts, and supporting eligibility documents.

Contact

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