MassCEC and New England Clean Energy Council Announce 2012 Clean Energy Internship Program

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Workforce Development program will promote summer internships at local clean energy companies for college and university students
Feb 27, 2012 –
Boston

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the New England Clean Energy Council (Council) today announced the launch of the 2012 Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program, which connect students throughout the Commonwealth to paid internships at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies.

“I am pleased to announce the second year of an exciting program that will help develop a generation of passionate leaders who will contribute to the Commonwealth’s clean energy industry and further the Patrick-Murray Administration’s goals for an energy efficient future,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr., who chairs the MassCEC board of directors.

Last year the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program facilitated the placement of more than 117 students and recent graduates in summer internships at 70 clean energy companies across the state. As a result of the internship program, 20 students gained full time and part time employment, and more than 70 students are being considered for future employment. 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 for two interns, and receive internship stipends of up to $12 per hour, or a total of $4,800 for up to ten weeks for each intern. 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.

“This program helps local clean energy companies foster the Commonwealth’s dedicated workforce and student population,” said MassCEC Chief Executive Officer 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 ma.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.

About MassCEC

Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.