In response to a growing need for student experiential learning opportunities in energy, URI Cooperative Extension created the Energy Fellows Program in 2008 to enhance the undergraduate and graduate student learning experience. To date, the program has seen over 100 students complete program requirements, with over 70 student securing an energy job withing one year of graduation.
In addition to providing real-world experiential opportunities for students, the Energy Fellows Program serves as the premier talent pipeline for energy companies and organizations interested in entry- to mid-level professionals. Each year, the program recruits top energy companies and organizations to mentor URI Energy Fellows, and many of the mentors go on to hire students. See a listing of past and current URI Energy Fellows Program mentors in the box at right.
Energy Fellows Program mentors (2008-present)
- Recruit top undergraduate and graduate students interested in the energy industry;
- Develop fellowship projects/scope of work specific to each company or organization’s goals;
- Match top students with mentors based on skills and the employer’s workforce needs; and
- Provide continuous support to both student Fellows and employer partners to ensure a successful and productive fellowship experience.
- An average of 600 paid internship hours with a company or organization on an energy related project, over the course of a full calendar year;
- Immersion in high level industry-led topical energy trainings; and
- Professional development modules, leadership training and industry-specific networking opportunities led by URI faculty and staff.
Student Applications for 2019 will open in September 2018.
How to Apply
- Download our Application Checklist
- Complete the fields on the online Application Cover Page
- Submit all other required materials listed on the application checklist in hard copy to:
Coordinator, URI Energy Fellows Program
3 East Alumni Avenue
Kingston, RI 02881
Who should apply?
- URI undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any academic major through December 2019 may apply; and
- Students who have a passion for sustainable energy and demonstrate the ability to produce high quality work will be selected.
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EMPLOYERS: MENTOR AN ENERGY FELLOW!
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!
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