Cal Energy Corps 2021 Applications Are Now Open!

Cal Energy Corps 2021 Applications Are Now Open!

Looking for a summer 2021 internship? Apply to the Cal Energy Corps!

The Cal Energy Corps, hosted by the California Institute for Energy & Environment in partnership with CITRIS, is an undergraduate summer internship program engaging top UC Berkeley undergraduate students in the design, development, and delivery of sustainable energy and climate solutions. All placements are challenging, full-time assignments with leading organizations in the private and public sector, enabling students to gain professional experience working on the technical solutions of social issues in a cohesive learning environment.

During the internship, all participants are expected to keep a blog with regular updates on the progress of their work. Students go on to participate in the annual Cal Energy Corps Symposium in the fall semester to present their research projects to the university community and guests.

All current undergraduate students at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply for the Cal Energy Corps program. Students from all disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Some internship hosts may have specific major preferences, as indicated in their respective position descriptions.

Selected students are expected to commit to working full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks over the summer and will be paid a competitive hourly salary for the duration of the internship. Students will have the opportunity to address energy and climate issues by conducting hands-on research in areas such as renewable energy, carbon policy, buildings efficiency, and sustainable design.

Applications and associated Faculty Recommendation Letters are due on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

An interdisciplinary selection committee chooses participants on the basis of merit and matches each internship opportunity with qualified applicants. Upon agreement with respective program partners, Cal Energy Corps will notify selected students in March or early April.

Required Application Materials:

The internship positions for Summer 2021 include:

  • Gridware (2)
  • Heila Technologies (1)
  • McEachern Labs (TBA)
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (5)
  • PingThings (TBA)
  • Takachar (1)

Please review the internship placements carefully before applying. Some programs may have specific requirements. Additional hosts and opportunities will be added during the open application period. Note that all internships are for 8+ week periods between mid-May and mid-August. 


The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute drive interdisciplinary innovation for social good with faculty researchers and students from four University of California campuses – Berkeley, Davis, Merced, and Santa Cruz – along with public and private partners.

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