Catawba College Energy Corps

Accepting applications now through March 20th 2011.

tl_files/cfte/images/Energy Efficency/iStock_000009665395XSmall.jpgAt a time when jobs are scarce, there’s a ray of hope for college students and recent graduates who have an interest in pursuing a career in green energy. The Center for the Environment at Catawba College in Salisbury is accepting applications for paid internships and fellowships in its Catawba College Energy Corps.

The program will facilitate the placement of as many as 17 students or recent graduates in on-the-job positions. Candidates must be currently enrolled in college, pursing an associate's, bachelor’s,  master’s, or doctorate degree, or they must have completed such a program within the past three years. Students from any accredited college or university may apply.

The individuals, who will be selected from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, will work with businesses and organizations that are at the forefront of the state’s transition toward sustainability.

There are a variety of internship options available in terms of work schedule and duration (e.g., 40 hours/week for 10 weeks, 20 hours/ week for 20 weeks, and 40 hours/ week for 1 year). The pay range for interns is $10.00 - $12.50 per hour. Fellowships are 40 hours/week for 1 year, with a pay range of $12.50 - $17.50 per hour.

The green energy-related businesses and organizations involved in the project include: Calor Energy Consulting in Charlotte, Argand Energy in Charlotte, Optima Engineering in Charlotte, Southern Energy Management in Morrisville, TectaAmerica Carolinas in Indian Trail, Sundance Power Systems in Weaverville, Beaver Brothers in Salisbury, Catawba College in Salisbury, gDwell, Inc., in Charlotte, O2Energies in Cornelius, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, Centralina Council of Governments in Charlotte and Davidson County Community College in Mocksville.

The Center for the Environment staff will be overseeing the program, reporting to the State Energy Office on carbon emissions reductions and lining up additional educational opportunities, and outings for Energy Corps members.

# of Positions # of Weeks Hours/Week
3 20 20
10 10 40
2 52 40
2 52 40

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and two professional letters of reference to Dan Robertson at If you are interested in an internship/fellowship with a specific partnering business or institution, please address this in your cover letter. Your résumé and related documents will first be screened by an in-house Catawba College Energy Corps selection panel. This initial screening may include a preliminary interview with a member or members of that panel.  Information for qualified applicants will be forwarded to the appropriate partnering businesses and institutions.  Our partners will then schedule interviews with select applicants and make their final decisions.

Expectations include:

  • Gather all relevant records as to consumption and end-use of energy for time periods in question, and if required make forecasts as to quantity and costs of future energy use.
  • Analyze physical structures and energy use process so as to identify opportunity for savings and/or use of renewable energy sources;
  • Review manufacturing process if applicable to identify conservation opportunities through process re-engineering.
  • Document the outcomes of the assigned projects
  • Educate decision makers and others as to the findings
  • Provide public education to promote energy efficiency, renewable energy, and alternative transportation fuels
  • Create programs to increase transportation efficiency, including programs that accelerate the use of alternative transportation flues for vehicles
  • Create programs that promote the adoption of integrated energy plans that utilize adequate and reliable energy supplies, including greater energy efficiency
  • Create programs that finance energy efficiency and renewable energy measures
  • Activities that encourage and implement energy audits
  • Promotion of energy efficiency in residential housing
  • Development and promotion of energy efficiency rating systems to help consumers compare the energy efficiency of different housing
  • Activities for the adoption of incentives for builders, utilities, and mortgage lenders to build, service or finance energy efficient housing
  • Activities to modify patterns of energy consumption to as to reduce peak demands ofr energy and improve the efficiency of energy supply systems
  • Activities to promote energy efficiency resource technologies in order to facilitate access to capital and credit for such projects
  • Programs to provide training and education to building designers and contractors to promote building energy efficiency and
  • Development of building retrofit standards and regulations, including retrofit ordinances enforced at the time of the sale of a building