Last winter, the MREA launched six student internships across 3 states. The internships provide opportunities for students to apply their MREA training in PV site assessment, design, and sales to real world projects in partnership with universities and solar contractors in the Midwest.
In Wisconsin, the MREA and the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP) hired two undergraduate interns to develop a PV roadmap for the campus. Alex Thomas served as the Site and Financial Analyses Intern for the project. In this role, he identified priority sites for solar PV deployment and analyzed various investment scenarios. Stakeholder and Campus Policy Intern Jason Peters focused on stakeholder engagement and navigating campus, local, state, and federal rules and regulations associated with these types of investments.
In Illinois, the MREA partnered with StraightUp Solar to offer internship opportunities for two renewable energy majors at Illinois State University (ISU). Starting in mid-January, Andrew Stetter and Oliver Ellen made quick progress on assignments and helped support the business’s project development and sales efforts. Upon completion of their internships, both were hired as SUS staff, Ellen as a Business Development Coordinator and Stetter as a Solar Project Developer.
Finally, the Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) hosted two MREA interns. Jed Krause, a student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and Zachary Koop, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, served as Design and Project Management Interns for the northern Minnesota nonprofit.
Internship collaborations were made possible through support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and through cost share agreements with host sites.