2021 DOE Scholars - Internships - ARPA-E Technology-to-Market

Organization
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Reference Code
DOE-Scholars-2021-ARPA-E
How to Apply

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Application Deadline
4/15/2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
Description

ARPA-E has decided to publish a second call for applications for this opportunity.  The deadline for applications and recommendations is April 15, 2021, 11:59 pm EST.

If it works, will it matter?

This is the question behind all the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E) programs.  Apply now to help find the answer.

ARPA-E recruits summer scholars who have a unique combination of technical and business skills to assist in defining commercialization pathways for high-impact technology development programs. This internship opportunity offers experience in advancing the transition of cutting-edge energy technologies to market applications in a fast-paced environment.

ARPA-E’s Summer Scholars Program is designed to prepare ARPA-E funded technologies to achieve maximum impact and return on investment for ARPA-E project teams, stakeholders, and our nation’s taxpayers. This internship provides a unique opportunity to be mentored by and interface with the ARPA-E Technology-to-Market team, the ARPA-E Program Directors, and ARPA-E Fellows.

We are seeking graduate students and recent graduates interested in:

  • Researching market trends, cross-industry collaboration opportunities, and go-to-market strategies.
  • Assisting in developing techno-economic analysis.
  • Performing stakeholder analysis to identify technology adopters and laggards.
  • Analyzing system reliability at varying levels or renewable penetration.

ARPA-E is currently seeking applicants for five separate opportunities this summer:

  • Research how different types of electric utilities have adopted new technologies in the past and evaluate the implications for new technologies coming out of ARPA-E.
  • Analysis of markets, technologies and development of an appropriate TEA framework for a high potential maritime application.
  • Analysis of markets, technologies and development of an appropriate TEA framework for a high potential data center and/or edge computing application.
  • Research how different types of renewable fuel users have adopted new technologies in the past and evaluate the implications for new technologies coming out of ARPA-E.
  • Research AI/ML technical approaches that are being utilized across various sectors e.g. aerospace, materials development etc., specifically to accelerate the research and development process.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy that funds creative, out-of-the-box, transformational energy technologies that are too early stage for private investment. ARPA-E programs provide top energy researchers with funding, technical assistance, and tech-to-market guidance to radically improve U.S. energy security, energy efficiency, and environmental well-being.  For more information about ARPA-E visit https://arpa-e.energy.gov/.

Stipends 

The DOE Scholars Program provides stipends starting at $650 per week for graduate students and recent graduates.

Travel

Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $1,000 for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.

Length of Appointment

Appointments duration typically ranges from 8-12 weeks but other appointments periods may be possible.

A complete application consists of:

  • Profile Information
  • Essay Questions (goals, experiences, and skills relevant to the DOE Scholars Program)
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Transcripts/Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. Transcripts/Academic Records must include name of the academic institution, name of the student, completed/in progress coursework and grades through summer 2020. Transcripts/Academic Records must show the equivalent of at least one year of full-time postsecondary school attendance prior to Fall 2020.  First-year undergraduate students must include completed/in progress coursework through Fall 2020. First-year graduate students must submit their undergraduate transcript, including the last two years of courses, degree, and date degree was awarded.  Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.
  • Letter of Recommendation - Letters should address your academic record and potential for success in an appointment, such as demonstrated intellectual merit, communication and teamwork skills. Letter must be submitted via Zintellect by April 15, 2021, 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time Zone.

All documents must be submitted via Zintellect. All application components must be received in the system in order to be considered.

Additional Information

For more information on the DOE Scholars Program, visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars or contact us at doescholars@orise.orau.gov.

The DOE Scholars Program offers multiple opportunities during the year to accommodate the needs and schedule of individual sponsoring offices. Opportunities may have different eligibility requirements, benefits and deadlines. To be considered you must apply to each opportunity individually.

Qualifications

This opportunity is open to graduate students and recent graduates who meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen at the time of application.
  • Be 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Have a completed a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g. electrical engineering, physics, material science, agriculture, economics, computer science, etc.) or be in the midst of completing a graduate level degree, preferably M.S. or MBA.

The ideal candidate will have relevant knowledge, experience and skills to include:

  • Experience with techno-economic and/or lifecycle analysis
  • Knowledge of energy market concepts and operations
  • Experience in data mining, statistics and visualization (preferred)
  • Strong written and oral communication abilities
  • Strong analytical skills

Applicants should be prepared for deep immersion into the project and must be comfortable completing tasks independently. 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or currently pursuing.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (10 )
    • Computer, Information, and Data Sciences (16 )
    • Earth and Geosciences (20 )
    • Engineering (27 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (15 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (46 )
    • Mathematics and Statistics (11 )
    • Other Physical Sciences (12 )
    • Physics (16 )
  • Age: Must be 18 years old by 3/15/2021