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Energy Internships

Welcome, and thank you for your interest! 

Future of American Energy internships help prepare the next generation of energy workers by funding internships for students in energy-related jobs.  FAE actively recruits young women and people of color and encourages them to explore rewarding careers in the energy field by applying for summer internships with participating employers.

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Who's Eligible?

To participate in the program, students must have attended a college or university within the past 12 months before applying, in the undergraduate curriculum, and must be pre-graduation. 

Companies interested in hiring an intern through this program should visit our Energy Internship Program employer page.



How do I apply?

Enrollment for the 2017 Summer session of the Future of American Energy Internship Program has not yet opened. Intern applications will be opening up once again in the fall. Please check back here at that time.

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The Future of American Energy (FAE) Internship Program is a non-profit workforce development initiative that seeks to recruit a diverse workforce for the energy sector. The program focuses on enhancing the talent pipeline for employers with energy-related jobs by facilitating the placement of women and people of color who are considering career opportunities in energy through paid summer internships.  Consistent with FAE’s role as a catalyst in growing the talent needed by the energy industry, the internship program is designed to provide students and employers with the tools to connect.


The objectives of the FAE Energy Internship Program are to:

  • Provide the energy community with a talented pool of young professionals from a non-traditional demographic
  • Introduce a new generation of students to career opportunities in the energy field
  • Enable energy employers to mentor students and provide internship opportunities across a broad spectrum of student backgrounds
  • Support the need for greater diversity in our energy workforce 
  • Provide a peer network of students interested in working in energy-related jobs

Students looking for an internship in the 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 at least a 10-week consecutive period on a full or part-time basis, and be paid a minimum of $15/hour. Host employers must provide a meaningful internship opportunity and a mentor for each intern. 

FAE actively recruits interested students from the campuses of accredited colleges and universities, but anyone is welcome to apply online.

The program will begin accepting intern applications for the summer of 2017 through its website in October 2016.  Applications will only be accepted online, and must include (in PDF format) an uploaded resume, transcripts, and supporting eligibility documents, if applicable.

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 website indicating that funding is no longer available.

Students will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must attend, or have attended within the past 12 months:
    1. A college or university, in the undergraduate curriculum
    2. Be pre-graduation
  2. Eligible students must meet one of the following: 
    1. Students must have completed or will complete at least their freshman year of college the semester before the internship.
    2. 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, 2016, and have completed some of those credits within the past 12 months.
    3. Some internships are not accessible by public transit.  If the student will not have access to a car, that should be noted on the application.

Some students are not eligible to participate in this program:

  1. Graduate school or professional school candidates, or undergraduates who have not attended school within the past 12 months, or who have already graduated, are not eligible to participate in the program.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 are not eligible. 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.

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 FAE staff.
  • Reach out to 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.

The FAE Energy Internship Program is set up so employers can review the database and hand-select the students that they would like to interview. FAE 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 FAE in the event that further documentation is required in order to confirm your eligibility for participation in this program.


The final number of interns will be determined by successful matches between the host employers and applicants.


Interns will be required to submit documentation that verifies enrollment. 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.


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.  Employers are not allowed to pay an intern less than fifteen dollars ($15.00) per hour. Please be sure you are aware and agree to the terms of the internship before starting any work. Please be aware that host employers may pay an intern(s) more than $15/hour.