Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced MassCEC is now accepting applications for the summer session of the 2014 Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Internship Program.
“Internships at Massachusetts clean energy companies provide students and recent graduates with the opportunity to learn by doing, as they take the skills they learned in the classroom and use them in the expanding global clean energy sector,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan, who chairs the MassCEC Board of Directors.
The program provides paid internship opportunities for college students and recent graduates at Massachusetts-based clean energy companies. Offered by MassCEC and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the program focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in the clean energy industry.
“There are 80,000 people working in the Massachusetts clean energy sector, and the internship program helps train the next generation of workers who will continue to grow this already booming industry,” said CEO Barton.
Clean energy businesses interested in hosting a student can find out more information and students and recent graduates can apply to the program by visiting the program’s website page at www.masscec.com/intern.
During this session, MassCEC will provide Massachusetts-based clean energy companies with stipends of up to $12 per hour for up to 10 weeks for each full-time intern, with a cap of $4,800 per intern.
Over the past three summers, the program has placed well over 500 students and recent graduates in internships at more than 120 clean energy companies across the state. As a result of the internship program, more than 49 students gained full-time or part-time employment.
Due to a growing interest in this program, MassCEC now offers fall and spring sessions, as well.
“This program is helping build a workforce in one of the fastest growing industries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by connecting hundreds of students to companies that provide internships, and in many cases, full-time employment," said Peter Rothstein, President of the New England Clean Energy Council. “This kind of exposure to the clean energy industry is key to attracting talented new workers to this rapidly growing field.”