Engaging students in the classroom and around the world

Student Opportunities

Engaging students in the classroom and around the world

Mobilizing students to participate in producing solutions to energy poverty is central to this work. The project supports relevant courses, internships, student research, and campus events that build linkages between the Duke students and faculty and the communities and stakeholders engaged in the challenge.

I have learned about the dire need to expand energy access globally and feel as though I am able to contribute to solving that problem despite my lack of background knowledge in the area. This experience has taught me that there are ways to use computer science and data analytics in every interdisciplinary field.”

– Brooke Erickson, Duke undergraduate, economics and computer science major, member of 2018 Data+ student team

Student Clubs

The project sponsors the Global Energy Access Network (GLEAN), an interdisciplinary network of graduate and undergraduate students at Duke University fostering a research and policy dialogue on campus around energy access.
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Students looking to expand their knowledge on developing country energy issues have an array of courses to choose from at Duke that incorporate energy access themes. These courses variously offer diverse approaches that integrate noted practitioners, instill key research methods, focus on real-world problems, and provide students direct experience in the field. Check here for an updated list of energy courses on offer.


Student Stories

Learn how students are integrating energy access into their education at Duke.

Energy Access Through Wind Turbines: My Experience With IBEKA

Connor Johnston shares his experience working with IBEKA in Indonesia.

Njeri Kara: Energy for Development in Zambia

Njeri Kara shares with us her experience working in Zambia

Merle Nye: Getting a Handle on the Nigerian Solar Market

Merle Nye spent his summer interning at M-Kopa in Lagos, Nigeria.

Yating Li: Demand Assessment and Productive Use in Sierra Leone

Yating Li shares her experience working at Power Leone in Sierra Leone this summer 2019.

Alicia Oberholzer: Using Storytelling to Share Solar Sister’s Impact

Alicia Oberholzer is one of the 4 students that received funding from the Energy Access Project this year for her summer internship. She is sharing her experience as a communication intern at Solar Sister through this blog post.

Alex Weck: Engineering Solutions

Alex Weck spent the summer of 2018 in rural Indonesia as an energy engineering intern with Institut Bisnis dan Ekonomi Kerakyatan (IBEKA).

Ian Ferguson: Improving Nepal’s Mini-Grid Technology

Ian Ferguson spent the summer of 2018 conducting research on the challenges communities face in building, operating, and maintaining mini-grid technology in Nepal.

Thomas Lutken: Mapping Energy Infrastructure

Thomas Lutken spent the summer of 2018 in India to conduct a survey and map energy infrastructure in the rural regions of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India.

Aashna Aggarwal: New Experiences, Perspective

Aashna Aggarwal spent the summer of 2018 as junior associate at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva, Switzerland.

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