NREL Graduate Internship (Year Round) -Geospatial Data Science Intern in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Graduate Internship (Year Round) -Geospatial Data Science Intern



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

One graduate student internship position is available from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Strategic Energy Analysis Center GDS group in our Golden, Colorado office. We have an immediate opening to assist the Geospatial Data Science (GDS) Section with ongoing data processing, mapping and analysis tasks. The position is part-time (10-15 hours per week) during the school sessions and full time (40 hours per week) during summer or as class schedule allows. Duties may include data creation, data QA/QC, metadata generation, geoprocessing, map production and application testing for multiple renewable energy technologies (solar, wind, transportation and others).

Working with staff in the GDS Section to create high quality data, analysis and mapping products. Typical tasks include: geo-coding facility locations to create geospatial data; data and metadata updates for central data server; geo-spatial analysis of overlap of areas of interest with renewable resource characteristics; testing and providing feedback on web application functionality; creating renewable resource mapping products.

Additional Required Qualifications: Ability to work well in a team or independently with limited supervision.

Demonstrated proficiency in understanding spatial data characteristics and using Excel for data manipulation.

Strong verbal, presentation, and technical writing abilities, sound interpersonal communication skills, detail-oriented, innovative, and adaptable. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems software packages such as ESRI ArcGIS or Quantum GIS.


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:

Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

Programming experience in Python.

Knowledge of Postgres/PostGIS.


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