BOSTON - The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the New England Clean Energy Council (Council) today announced a new clean energy internship program dedicated to connecting students throughout the Commonwealth to internships at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies.
“Developing a corps of qualified professionals who are passionate about leading and contributing to Massachusetts’ burgeoning clean energy industry is essential to meeting the Patrick-Murray Administration’s goals for a clean energy future,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who chairs the MassCEC board of directors. “This exciting new opportunity advances the Commonwealth along that path.”
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Opportunity Program will place up to 50 students and recent graduates in summer internships at 25 to 50 clean energy companies across the state. This program continues MassCEC’s commitment to supporting education and training opportunities that align with the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals and industry growth, while furthering the career goals of those considering career opportunities in clean energy..
Massachusetts-based clean energy companies that are looking to hire summer interns will be eligible to receive internship stipends of up to $15 per hour, or a total of $6,000, for up to ten weeks. In addition to compensation, interns will gain meaningful employment experience such as networking opportunities, mentoring, and industry knowledge only gained from working within clean energy companies.
“One of the Commonwealth’s most vital assets is its world-class academic institutions,” said MassCEC Executive Director Patrick Cloney. “This program will help clean energy companies take advantage of that asset and enhance their talent pipleline, while training the next generation to be part of our clean energy future.”
“From brand new startups to established industry leaders, Massachusetts clean energy companies can offer students a wide variety of professional experiences,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “This program will help prepare the next generation of clean energy leaders and continue to accelerate the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy”
Starting today, students will be able to post resumes and cover letters at www.cleanenergyeducation.org. Clean energy companies will review applications in which they are interested and that meet the company’s internship needs. Companies will contact applicants directly for interviews. There is no deadline for applications, but students are strongly encouraged to submit resumes and cover letters as soon as possible. Stipends will be committed to eligible clean energy companies on a first come-first serve basis as summer internship offers are made to suitable candidates.
Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, MassCEC’s mission is to foster the growth of the Massachusetts clean energy industry by providing seed grants to companies, universities, and nonprofit organizations; funding job training and workforce development programs; and, as home of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, supporting the installation of renewable energy projects throughout the state.
About The New England Clean Energy Council
The New England Clean Energy Council’s mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies. The Council represents close to 200 member organizations, including clean energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, universities, industry associations, utilities, labor and large commercial end-users. The Council's ranks now include clean energy CEOs, representatives from most of the region's top 10 law firms, and partners from most of the top New England venture capital firms (with a total of over $8 billion under management). Working with its stakeholders, the Council develops and executes a wide array of programs in five key focus areas: Innovation, Growth, Education, Adoption, & Policy.
The Council believes that our future depends upon a foundation of sound regional, national, and global energy policy that encourages clean energy innovation and technology commercialization. With such a foundation in place, it is the Council's goal to help the New England region, with its considerable innovation assets, leverage the power of free markets to become a leading provider of clean energy solutions to the global marketplace. The Council firmly believes that this emerging sector can and will become a powerful economic engine for New England, capable of generating tens of thousands of new jobs in the coming decade and beyond.
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