NREL Internship (Year-Round) - PV Reliability in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (Year-Round) - PV Reliability



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) has an immediate opening for a part-time undergraduate student in Golden, Colorado to assist with laboratory work studying the performance and reliability of materials for PV modules. A variety of materials are being examined in the PV Reliability group, including polymer encapsulants, backsheets, and optical coatings. The work here is expected to focus on the durability of polymeric backsheets in humid environments and/or in response to UV radiation. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who desires to obtain relevant laboratory experience in preparation for graduate school or a career in industries including those involving materials science, physics, electrical device engineering, manufacturing, or reliability.

Job Duties:

  • Help to create samples for stress testing

  • Organize and handle samples in and out of stress chambers

  • Measurement of optical and mechanical properties of stressed samples as well as the electrical performance of solar panel devices

  • Use new test instruments (both purchased and custom) and develop test procedures for their use

  • Record, organize, analyze, and summarize results using Excel spreadsheets or other software packages

  • Communicate effectively with mentor about the expected work, progress toward completing that work, and any issues in completing the work as planned

  • Be trained in laboratory safety procedures and follow these consistently

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ability to conduct laboratory experiments, sometimes independently, with the utmost regard to safety

  • An inquiring mind, with attention to detail

  • Ability to follow and prioritize multiple projects

  • Knowledge or experience related to experimental research and the scientific method is desirable but not required


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: You will need to upload unofficial transcripts and a letter of recommendation as part of the application process.


Preferred Qualifications


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