Energy Systems Internship
The Fraunhofer USA Center for Manufacturing Innovation is looking for an Intern to join its Energy Systems Group to contribute to its building technology field testing and assessment projects. This is an opportunity to participate in exciting and impactful research projects with industry, government, and utility clients. Fraunhofer USA CMI internships typically last for 6 months, but longer internships can also be accommodated.
The Intern will have the opportunity to contribute to different projects conducted by the Energy Systems Team. Team members have authored numerous studies characterizing building energy consumption and evaluating energy-savings opportunities for building technologies. In addition, the team conducts field testing projects to rigorously evaluate the field performance of emerging energy-saving buildings technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial facilities. These studies help energy efficiency and demand management programs determine if new products and technologies can offer appreciable energy savings, while informing technology providers with feedback on opportunities to improve their products. Working with our team, you may also contribute to ongoing and future studies that form the basis for sound government and utility policy decisions, and to learn how to approach such projects. We regularly present the findings of these studies at major building energy efficiency conferences, and prior interns have co-authored studies.
You will work with the Energy Systems team to learn how to perform and contribute to energy technology assessment studies to evaluate attributes integral to the real-world success of novel building and energy technologies, such as: Energy savings potential; current and future economics; non-energy benefits; barriers to commercialization, and R&D needs to achieve widespread commercialization. You may also gain experience contributing to rigorous field testing of energy systems, including test plan development; data acquisition equipment specification, deployment, and retrieval; test site visits; data analysis, and reporting. Lastly, you may learn how to and contribute to characterize energy consumption of energy-consuming devices and systems in buildings, applying different methodologies.
Preferred Experience and Education:
An excellent academic record with an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Data Analytics, Physics, Architectural Engineering, etc.) and:
A strong background in energy-related engineering or physics
Familiarity with the operating principles of energy-consuming equipment and systems in buildings
Strong interest in interdisciplinary work and thinking
Aptitude for programming & deploying data acquisition systems and monitoring equipment at field sites, including a high attention to detail
Excellent written communication skills
Ability to accept a high degree of responsibility in a team-based organization, combined with ability to work independently
Willingness to go the extra mile to support the team’s research projects
Applicants for a Fraunhofer USA CMI Internship must be enrolled in a college or university or within one year of graduation at the time of starting the internship.
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