REI Summer Internship

REI Summer InternshipThe Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment. To that end, REI will support students working on independent research projects that address more than one of these elements: for example, examining novel solar photovoltaic technologies and how they might be integrated into the grid, or the geological potential of carbon sequestration and political barriers to its deployment.



The Rutgers Energy Institute is proud to announce that it plans to fund approximately five undergraduate internships for the Summer 2019 through Spring 2020.

These internships are designed to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to support REI members in their research over the Summer and the Fall and Spring semesters (12 months). 

You may apply if you are currently an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, or junior at any school in Rutgers University. 


Proposal Selection Criteria

Internships are competitive with awards based on recommendations and research plans.

  • The criteria for selection are the following:

  1. A well-designed internship project that will likely make a substantial contribution that supports REI members preparing and submitting a major research grant or sponsored research project.
  2. A project that spans the Summer of 2019, full time, and 10-15 hours per week during the 2019-2020 Academic Year, Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. A project that is interdisciplinary.
  4. A project that overlaps substantially with a student’s senior thesis or capstone requirement.
  5. A project that is partially funded by the supervising department.
  • Proposals do not have to satisfy all of the above criteria to be selected, but the more they do, the more likely they will be selected.


The REI internship programs runs for 12 weeks, from May 28th through August 14th, 2018. All students are required to write an original article describing their research due in late August and present a poster of their work at the annual REI Symposium during the spring semester. Participants will receive support in the amount of $5000 (40 hours/week is expected for full payment). REI does not pay for housing.


Submission Process and Timeline

Short proposals (2-3 pages) should contain the title of the project, the REI Member(s), a brief description of the project, details on how the project will contribute to a proposed research grant or contract, the prospective funding agency and estimate amount of the proposal, and how the project satisfies the selection criteria.

Proposals are due April 19th, 2019 and selections will be made by April 26th, 2019.  Please email the proposals to Frank Felder, .  Please feel free to contact Frank if you have any questions or comments.

Good luck!


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