Clean Energy Summer Interns Returning to Classes or the Job Search

It’s mid-August, and that means that summer interns from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) award-winning program are wrapping up their projects. Some will be heading back to the classroom and others will be moving into the workforce.  Many will receive job offers directly from their internship employers.

Each year, NECEC examines data about these summer interns to better understand the Commonwealth’s clean energy workforce pipeline.  What fields of study are most “in demand”?  Which colleges are companies turning to for new employees?  How many clean energy employers are building relationships with the state’s education and training institutions?

In 2017, MassCEC reports that 282 summer interns were placed at 166 different Massachusetts clean energy employers, overwhelmingly private sector firms. A complete list of this summer’s employer hosts is at the end of this post.

NECEC sponsors summer interns from the MassCEC program and other initiatives. This year’s outstanding group included: Amaryllis Vega (UMass Lowell), Jacob Shuman (Williams College), Smeet Udeshi (NYU), Rishabh Sardana (Northeastern), Kelsey Smithwood (Tufts).

Since the program first launched in 2011, MassCEC has reimbursed employers for stipends paid to 2,358 spring, summer and fall clean energy interns.

UMass Amherst and Northeastern University most popular with employers

The 2017 summer interns came from 47 different Massachusetts universities, colleges and community colleges, and from a collection of out-of-state colleges as well.  This summer’s top ten (with the number of interns selected) included:

  1. UMass Amherst 33
  2. Northeastern 28
  3. UMass Lowell 21
  4. Boston University 20
  5. Tufts University 19
  6. MIT 14
  7. Harvard 13
  8. WPI 12
  9. Bunker Hill Community College 6
  10. Boston College  5
  11. Bentley College  5

Employers also selected interns from Assumption, Babson, Boston Architectural College, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Clark, Holy Cross, Emerson, Endicott, Framingham State, Olin College of Engineering, Greenfield Community College, Lesley, Mass Bay Community College, Mass College of Art, Mass College of Liberal Arts, Mass Maritime, Massasoit Community College, Merrimack, Middlesex Community College, Mount Holyoke, North Shore Community College, Northern Essex Community College, Quinsigamond Community College, Roxbury Community College, Smith, Stonehill, Suffolk, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wentworth, Western New England, Westfield State, Wheaton, and Worcester State.

Engineering and Business fields topped the list of “in demand” majors

Students often ask us which college majors are the best paths to a good job in the clean energy industry.  If this year’s summer intern class is any indication, the answer is clear: engineering and business.  63% of the interns selected by Massachusetts clean energy employers came from those two professional communities.

Of the 105 aspiring engineers working this summer (37% of the total intern class), the largest groups were mechanical (33 interns) and chemical (20) engineering students.  Other engineering fields represented (in order) were civil, energy, electrical, computer, materials, industrial, and environmental.

Employers selected 72 interns (26 percent of the total) from a range of business related fields, including economics, marketing, management, finance, and more.   

Only three major fields of study were represented by more than 10 interns this summer, including 23 students from the natural sciences, 12 aspiring architects, and 10 students  pursuing degrees in computer science.

As in previous years, the majority of the state’s clean energy companies selected undergraduate students and recent graduates for their summer internships. Sixty-five percent of the 2017 summer class had received or were pursuing bachelor’s degrees, while 27 percent were at the master’s or doctoral level, and only eight percent were associate degree holders or candidates.

Gearing up for the fall internship season

The MassCEC clean energy internship program operates year-round, not just in the summer. Enrollment for the fall session open now for interested clean energy employers and students. For more information, visit www.masscec.com/intern.  

Want to know more about the many colleges, universities, community colleges and vocational schools in Massachusetts that have clean energy programs and classes?  Find all of them described and linked at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Education and Training Directory website at www.cleanenergyeducation.org.

Congratulations and thank you to the 2017 summer intern employer hosts!

24ME2 Solar

7 AC TechnologiesE4TheFuture

A Better CityEast Light Partners

ACE Residential SolarECA Solar

Adappt IntelligenceSunDensity

Adaptive Algo SystemsEkotrope

AddiLatElectra Vehicles

Aeolus Building EfficiencyEmbue

Aeronautica WindpowerEnel Green Power NA

Allard EngineeringEnergetic Insurance

AltenexEnergy Federation

American BoroniteEnvir., Econ. & Society Inst.

Angstrom AdvancedFireFlower

ArchiterraFirstFuel Software

Associated Wind DevelopersFloDesign Sonics

Atlantic Design EngineersFluid-Screen

Atrex EnergyFTL Labs

Autonomous Marine SystemsGaia Elements

B2Q AssociatesGot Sun Go Solar

Battery ResourcersGreen Century

BeCause Water CorpGreentown Labs

Better Future ProjectGreentown Lawn

Beyond Green ConstructionHealthy Home Healthy Planet

Bluefield ResearchHEET

Boston SolarHitchcock Hydro

BPVSHomeWorks Energy

Brightfields DevelopmentINroof Solar

Building 36EARI

Bulbs.comInvaleon Technologies

BW Research PartnershipIyys

Byggmeister AssociatesKendall Sustainable

Cambrian InnovationLinnean Solutions

Cape & Islands Self-RelianceLiveData Utilities

Change:WATER LabsMarine Renewable Energy

Civic SolarMass Energy Consumers

Clean Water FundMass Climate Action

CLEAResultMeister Consultants

Climate Action Business Assoc.Meridian Associates

Co-op PowerMNL Partners

CoolGreenPowerMTPV Power

CrossTek Membrane TechnologyMultiSensor Scientific

Crowd ComfortMy Town Solar

De-IceNBD Nanotechnologies

E-GreenNEC Energy Solutions

NECEC InstituteSouthern Light Solar

New EcologySowlis

New England Clean EnergySparkplug Power

New England HydropowerStalker Electric

NewGridSunBug Solar

NexampSundrum Solar

NextSun EnergySWCA Environmental Consultants

NMR GroupSynapse Energy Economics

North Shore InnoVenturesTagup

Northeast Clean Energy CouncilTank Utility

Northeast Energy Efficiency PartnershipsTessolar

Northeast Sustainable Energy Assoc.Tighe and Bond

NRG TreeTown of Concord

NuVant SystemsTrueLight Energy

NuWatt EnergyTurn Key Builders

Oak Square PartnersUnited Solar Associates

Oasys WaterUpstream PBC

Panel ClawUS Solarworks

Pioneer Valley Habitat for HumanityUSGBC Massachusetts Chapter

PlacetailorVineyard Power Cooperative

Power AdvisoryWare River Power

Power House Energy ConsultingWater Hero

PowerOptionsWegoWise

Prism ConsultingWeSpire

Progressive Asset ManagementWindesco

Protonex TechnologyWindSail Capital Group

Purpose EnergyWorcester CleanTech Incubator

PV SquaredXL Hybrids

Rate It GreenZapotec Energy

Renewable Energy SystemsZeroEnergy Design

Resonant Energy

REsurety

RevoluSun Massachusetts

Rhapsody Venture Partners

Rifiniti

Riverstone Sustainability

Sandymount Technologies

Save Energy Systems

Second Generation Energy

Sense Labs

SketchThis

Solar Design Associates

SolarOneSolutions

SolBid

Solect Energy Development

Solstice

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Kevin Doyle

Kevin is Principal of Green Economy and Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Council's Workforce Development Group.