Intern - Solar Gardens for Puerto Rico
The Intern will work an average of 10 hours per week for one semester.
The Intern will respond to all communications within one business day
The intern will be willing and able to travel to storm-affected regions of the island
Graduate student at UPR Mayaguez in Electrical, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Community Development, Sustainability, Green Business or a comparable field (advanced undergraduates with exceptional ability will be considered)
Commitment to 100% renewable energy for Puerto Rico, a sustainable and resilient recovery, and the fight against climate change
Excellent writing and public presentation ability in Spanish and English (required)
Good organizational skills and meticulous note taking
Leadership skills and the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
Access to a vehicle to travel to storm-impacted regions of the island
Basic knowledge of renewable energy and electric grid terms (preferred, but not required - we can train you)
Photography and video editing experience (a plus but not required)
Web development experience (a plus but not required)
Translate course materials and act as interpreter as needed
Grade assignments, papers, and exams as needed
Lead course sections and present video and Skype material
Assist in forming an island-wide organization supporting community owned renewable energy
Travel to storm-affected parts of the island to perform site assessments and meet with local organizers
Public speaking in person and on video
Send resume and cover letter (English) to:
Joy Hughes, Executive Director, Solar Gardens Institute - Deputy Director, Clean Energy Relief Inc.
Solar Gardens Institute (2/3 of hours)
Founded in 2010, Solar Gardens Institute supports community renewable policy, education and training programs, and early stage project development
To educate and learn from the public about community solar energy.
To promote good community energy policy at all levels of government and in all types of electric utilities.
To assist local organizations in organizing, developing, and managing community-owned solar energy projects everywhere.
To provide a way for everyone to own solar panels, making clean energy affordable and available for all humanity.
Clean Energy Relief (1/3 of hours)
We are a small group of concerned citizens with backgrounds in renewable energy and telecommunications. Several of us rode through Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irma. We all have friends in the Caribbean whose lives have been dangerously disrupted. When Maria hit hard we could no longer just send thoughts and prayers, our years of experience jump started us into action and we rolled up our sleeves and dove in with a mission to help in a meaningful way.
We believe we've identified a single solution that addresses the basic needs we all face in modern society; POWER, WATER, REFRIGERATION and COMMUNICATION. We have assembled the tools necessary to provide for these basic needs in a neat and affordable package.
Together we can bring power to the people. We welcome you to join us!