1. What is the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program?
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program is a workforce development initiative offered through MassCEC. The program focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts employers engaged in the clean energy industry. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in clean energy through paid internships across the state. Consistent with MassCEC’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the clean energy industry, the internship program is designed to provide students and employers with the tools to connect, and MassCEC reimburses eligible employers for intern stipends.
2. What are the objectives of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program?
The objectives of Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program are to:
- Provide the clean energy community with a talented pool of young professionals
- Enable students to gain significant career opportunities in a challenging economic environment
- Enable clean energy employers to mentor students and provide internship opportunities across a broad spectrum of student backgrounds
- Support the need for greater diversity in our clean energy workforce
- Provide a peer network of students interested in working in clean energy
3. How does the program work?
Students looking for an internship in the clean energy industry are required to complete an online application that includes a resume, transcripts, and supporting eligibility documents (more fully discussed in Question 5). Students are asked to identify their academic background and the industry subsector in which they would prefer to intern. Employers looking to host interns review these applications and select candidates with the qualifications that are most suited to their needs. Internships are required to take place over a 12-week consecutive period on a full or part-time basis. Host employers must provide a meaningful internship opportunity and a mentor for each intern. Upon completion of the internship, eligible employers will request a reimbursement from MassCEC for the stipend paid to the intern.
4. When will the Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program begin accepting intern applications for the next session and how do prospective interns apply?
The program will begin accepting intern applications through its website on March 28, 2016. Applications will only be accepted online, and must include (in PDF format) an uploaded resume, transcripts, and supporting eligibility documents, if applicable.
Direct link to the application: https://forms.cleanenergyeducation.org/ic_dev/
There is no formal deadline for applications, but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to increase their chances of being matched with a host employer. Once all internship positions have been filled, notice will be posted on the www.masscec.com/intern website indicating that funding is no longer available.
5. What are the eligibility requirements for prospective interns?
Students will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Must attend, or have attended:
- A college or university located in Massachusetts, or
- A college or university outside of Massachusetts, if the student is a Massachusetts resident and is able to present proof of residency
- Eligible students must meet one of the following:
- Students must have completed or will complete at least their freshman year of college the semester before the internship (24 Credits), or have graduated within the past year. Your year of graduation must be 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019.
- If a student attends or attended a community college (or 2‐year associate program), the student must have completed at least 24 credits by December 31, 2015. If a student has attended a training program, that program must have been completed between December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2015.
- Graduate students must have completed or will complete a Master's Degree program in or after 2015.
Some students are not eligible to participate in this program:
- Law School students, Ph. D. candidates, or students who have been previously enrolled or matriculated in a Ph.D. or Ed.D. program, are not eligible to participate in the program.
- Host employers cannot hire the same intern(s) for sequential sessions. You will not be able to participate in this program with the same host employer for two sessions in a row.
- MassCEC does not fund existing interns that have been on payroll for greater than 12-weeks within the current calendar year at a host employer prior to the session’s start date. Current or previously terminated non-internship full or part-time employees of the host employer are ineligible to participate in this program with that employer. Any intern participating in the Internship Program must be approved before work can be carried out under the program.
6. How do I increase my chances of being selected for an internship?
While it is ultimately up to the employer to decide on who they would like to work with them in a given session, employer feedback has indicated that proactive and detail-oriented students overwhelmingly end up being the ones to receive internships through this program. It is suggested that you:
- Ensure all of your submitted information in your application is accurate and up-to-date.
- Respond quickly to any communication received from interested employers or MassCEC staff.
- Learn more about the program and use the resources available to you on www.masscec.com/intern.
- Reach out to clean energy employers in your area to let them know about the internship program and also express your interest in interning for them over a session.
7. Will prospective interns know which employers are reviewing their applications?
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Internship Program is set up so employers can review the database and hand-select the students that they would like to interview. MassCEC is not involved with selecting interns for employers. This means that you will receive communication about your application only from an employer when an employer selects you for an interview. You will only receive communication from MassCEC in the event that further documentation is required in order to confirm your eligibility for participation in this program.
8. How many interns will be selected?
The final number of interns will be determined by successful matches between the host employers and applicants. MassCEC is able to support stipends for 250 interns at host employers for this session. Stipend subsidies for employers from MassCEC are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until MassCEC has committed the funds 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.
9. What paperwork is required for a student to participate?
Interns that attend(ed) a Massachusetts 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, and supporting documents proving Massachusetts residency. Employers may require further documentation.
10. 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. Employers are expected to pay their interns on a schedule that was previously explained and agreed to by the intern. Please be aware that host employers may pay an intern(s) more than the subsidy rate, however, MassCEC will only reimburse up to the full award amount. Employers are not allowed to pay an intern less than twelve dollars ($12.00) per hour. Please be sure you are aware and agree to the terms of the internship before starting any work.
11. My employer wants me to sign a non-compete agreement. What should I do?
It is MassCEC policy that no intern participating in the Internship Program is allowed 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 non-compete agreement should be reported to the MassCEC by emailing email@example.com.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email the Workforce Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will respond to your question as quickly as possible.