Summer 2020 Energy Access Internships and Research Projects

The Energy Access Project at Duke University (EAP) works to address the challenges of increasing access to modern energy solutions for underserved populations around the world. We take an interdisciplinary approach to developing sustainable, reliable, and modern energy for all. Established in 2017, the project aims to deepen our understanding of energy access challenges and foster constructive dialogue among the world’s policy makers, entrepreneurs, and scholars to advance solutions that close the access gap.

The EAP provide funding to students that will spend their summer conducting internships or research projects. Students should submit proposals for projects in summer 2020 related to energy access in low- and middle-income countries (LMICS), with a focus on either modern technologies or fuels for cooking, or access to reliable, affordable, safe, and sustainable electricity. EAP is particularly interested in supporting projects and work with organizations that (i) promote innovative approaches to accelerate sustainable energy transitions in LMICS; (ii) offer insights that are applicable or generalizable to wider audiences; (iii) build linkages with innovative companies and non-profits in the energy access space; and/or (iv) are related to ongoing EAP projects.

For students Interested in Applying for Funding

Students at Duke who are currently enrolled, and will be enrolled full-time at Duke in Fall 2021, are eligible to apply. While funding is available for a variety of experiences including internships or research projects, we will prioritize proposals that identify a sponsoring organization that the student has established contact with and secured logistical and institutional support from. We will also prioritize proposals for projects in the field (i.e., in low- or middle-income countries LMICS, working with communities that directly experience energy access challenges).However, we will consider proposals for internships or projects based at Duke, or in other parts of the developed world. If you are uncertain if your position or setting would qualify, we encourage you to contact us before applying.

We will prioritize funding for travel and living expenses, and we will also consider (with lower priority) requests for payments to sponsoring organizations, funding to purchase equipment or data, or translation services.

Students are open to develop their own projects that fit the criteria of the EAP. However, we are also working with organization in our networking to create a list of companies that are interested in hosting interns next summer. The list will be available on our website by Mid-January.

For Organizations Interested in Hosting Students

If you are an organization in the energy access sector, interested in hosting an intern during the summer of 2020, you should fill out the form below.

This form is to help advertise your organization to undergraduate and graduate students at Duke University. Students will be contacting you directly, so make sure that your point of contact is the right person the students can reach out to for working with you, this summer 2020.

You can screen and select those who you would like to interview and afterwards choose one or more students for an internship.

Throughout this process, our goal is to make finding the right intern for your company easier.

Organization Sign Up

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