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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Energy Justice & Equity in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311970

Directorate: Energy and Environment

Division: Electricity Infrastructure & Buildings

Group: Distributed Systems

Job Description

In this role, the intern will provide support to the PNNL Distributed Systems Group – Renewables Team’s work around energy justice and equity. PNNL is laying the groundwork for advancing energy equity through research to develop an innovative energy system that benefits everyone. PNNL is spearheading an effort to advance equity and energy justice through the role of scientific research with the goal of building an advanced national power grid, transitioning to clean reliable energy, and designing smart buildings that are more just and equitable. PNNL envisions an energy system that is not only clean and resilient, but also affordable and accessible to all.

The intern will advance PNNL’s work in this space including supporting research projects on equity metrics, community energy transitions, energy storage, and decision-support tools. Depending on their capabilities, the intern may be asked to design energy equity metrics that assess community level energy inequities and how these vary as a function of demographic factors. The candidate should be able to:

  • Help integrate energy justice and equity insights into PNNL’s research efforts

  • Effectively communicate insights through reports, case studies, and other publications

The intern will be expected to interface with other Distributed Systems Group staff and be a contributor on a team of engineers, researchers, economists, and analysts.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a master’s program at an accredited college or university

  • Active engagement and passion for advancing energy justice/equity

  • Strong research, writing and oral presentation skills

  • Experience working with community groups is preferred

  • Candidate must be self-motivated with the ability to work independently

  • Sensitivity to and appreciation for diverse viewpoints and lived experiences

  • Degree in engineering, energy policy, economics, sustainability, energy social science, or related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Energy & Environment

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Distributed Systems

Opening Date: 2021-04-08

Closing Date: 2021-04-22