Energy Fellows Program

narrabay2017groupIn response to a growing need for experiential learning opportunities for students outside the classroom, the URI Outreach Center created the Energy Fellows Program in 2007 to provide a year-long internship opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students interested in sustainability issues related to renewable energy and energy efficiency topics.

manchesterstree2017groupThe Outreach Center’s Energy Fellows Program Coordinator recruits and hires undergraduate and graduate students into fellowship positions where they are afforded invaluable experience addressing real-world energy issues working in interdisciplinary teams with faculty, staff and outside organizations. Fellows also receive training in general energy topics as well as specialized professional development training in leadership and communications. Throughout the course of their internship, Fellows attend statewide site visits, actively participate in outreach events and present their work to the University community and general public.

Undergraduate and graduate students leave the Energy Fellows Program with an understanding of current energy issues in the State of Rhode Island and their potential role to take part in managing those issues in the energy field. We prepare our students to enter the job market with the professional skills and training needed to succeed.


The application period for the 2017 Energy Fellows program is now closed. The application period for the 2018 program will begin in September of 2017. Students who will be enrolled in either a graduate or an undergraduate program through December 2019 will be encouraged to apply!

Download our Flyer for more details. Please contact the Program Coordinator with any questions about the Energy Fellows Program.


The URI Energy Fellows Program provides a year-long paid fellowship opportunity to undergraduate and graduate students passionate about sustainable energy issues. We partner with businesses and organizations all over Rhode Island to provide experiential learning opportunities to the future of the Rhode Island energy workforce!

Are you interested in Mentoring a URI Energy Fellow?

Download our Flyer or contact our program coordinator for more information!

Interested in energy courses? Click here for more information on URI’s Energy Certificate program!

Kaylyn Hawkes Keane
Coordinator, Energy Fellows Program, URI Extension Outreach Center
401 874 5585

When does the program start and how often do students work?

  • Selected Fellows begin work in January and continue through December
  • Students work 10-20 hours/week during the spring and fall semesters and up to 30 hours/week during the summer
  • The year culminates in December as Fellows showcase their project and findings to the university community at the CELS Fellowships Poster Celebration

Who should apply?

  • URI undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any academic major through December 2017 may apply
  • Students who have a passion for sustainable energy and demonstrate the ability to produce high quality work will be selected
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