Internships

Internships at ISE Collage for Internship websiteThe Institute for Sustainable Energy offers credit and paid internships for Eastern students. Our interns are a very important part of our staff, assisting with all of our major projects:

  • Student interns gain experience with energy benchmarking by analyzing energy data from schools, colleges, universities and state buildings. They learn how to enter data into EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool.
  • Student interns support Connecticut’s Green LEAF School’s initiative, assisting with education programs and events, lesson research and design, and writing curriculum.
  • Student interns help with technical support and outreach to Connecticut’s colleges and universities on sustainability.  This includes assisting with the preparation of campus greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans, implementing collaborative initiatives for the CT Alliance for Campus Sustainability, and preparation for the Connecticut Alliance for Campus Sustainability round-table events and conferences.

120 plus Student Interns have been employed over the past 15 years. 85% of Eastern students work in CT after graduation!

We mentor our interns and help them learn important, practical professional skills.  For example, interns make formal presentations about their projects and research to ISE staff and other interns.

ISE interns are also actively involved in implementing sustainability initiatives on Eastern’s campus! Over the past years, interns have successfully:

  • Created and maintained ISE’s website.
  • Performed research on electric vehicles (EVs) and prepared a grant application for an EV charging station, which was funded and installed on Eastern’s campus.
  • Improved Eastern’s waste stream by conducting waste audits of trash and recycling receptacles around campus.
  • Completed energy walk-throughs and Energy Star benchmarking of hundreds of Connecticut’s public buildings.
  • Developed environmental and sustainability-themed lessons for K-12 schools.
  • Assisted in the development of Sustainable CT.

For more information on internship opportunities at ISE contact one of our staff members.
We advise contacting us at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the semester for a successful internship experience.

Be a part of the solution. It all starts with a personal choice. Here are some testimonies from past and current interns. "ISE has provided me with the opportunity to get ahead of my peers in my classes and given me real world experience in connecting sustainability to education," said Leticia Denoya, an Elementary Education Graduate student. "My ISE internship enriches my Eastern experience by exposing me to current challenges in the sustainability field, therefore preparing me for my future career," said Emma Avery, a Political Science and Environmental Earth Science major. "ISE has taught me not only sustainability but skills I still use daily such as website editing and data benchmarking!" said Weronika Lewkowicz, a biology major. "It's the perfect mix of a professional, supportive staff with creative, but realistic, work projects," said Tara Brooks, an Environmental Earth Science major.

AlumniThe Institute for Sustainable Energy is developing an Eastern Sustainability Alumni Network to connect current students with alumni working in energy, environmental, and sustainability careers.

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