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.

URI Cooperative Extension staff work directly with energy companies and organizations serving as mentors to:
  • 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.
URI students complete the Energy Fellows Program with a broad understanding of current energy issues in hand, having completed:
  • 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.
We are always seeking new mentors for our students. Interested in getting involved? Please contact us today for more information!


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:
    Kaylyn Keane
    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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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 and fill in an expression of interest form.
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Interested in energy courses?
Click here for more information on URI’s Energy Certificate program!

Past Projects

  • The URI Outreach Center collaborated with four Rhode Island municipalities to assist in achieving target reductions for energy consumption and greenhouse gases. The EPA Climate Showcase Communities Project had a goal to create replicable models of cost-effective and persistent greenhouse gas reductions that will catalyze broader local government actions to stabilize the climate and improve environmental, health, and social conditions. URI Energy Fellows benchmarked energy consumption for each municipality to prioritize locations for implementing showcase projects that will yield cost-effective reductions and to educate municipal employees, officials, and residents on sustainable energy consumption behaviors.

    URI Energy Fellows drafted Municipal Energy Management Guides to assist these towns in the development and implementation of energy policies, procurement of energy resources, and to provide information on best practices to measure and verify the success of energy efficiency projects.

  • The objective of this project was to provide grassroots public education, outreach, marketing and public relations services to National Grid in order to increase awareness and measurable participation in specific National Grid residential and small commercial energy efficiency programs. Building on our outreach goals for the EPA project, we focused our efforts on the City of Warwick and the Town of South Kingstown. We have drawn upon the wealth of knowledge and expertise at the URI Outreach Center, as part of the Land Grant system, in the design and implementation of an outreach program that has achieved true behavioral change among stakeholders. The training programs, including the specific messages, audience segments, educational methods and methods of delivery was shaped by survey and interview results and employed well-established social marketing tools and techniques. Social marketing uses the principles of commercial marketing and social psychology to influence behavior, often in the realms of environment or health. Social marketing tools include: providing opportunities for commitment, use of social norms, multiple modes of communication and incorporation of incentives to promote change.

  • Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, RIPEP is a 3-year collaborative effort to achieve deep energy savings in municipal and state facilities and build a sustained, effective infrastructure for ongoing savings. Led by the RI Office of Energy Resources, RIPEP brings together key state agencies, municipal governments, utilities, and state university partners to:

    • Create a comprehensive inventory of energy consumption in the public sector;
    • Help approximately 100 facilities implement energy efficiency projects and measures to attain an average of 20% energy savings; and
    • Identify and mitigate barriers to efficiency improvements in the public sector.
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