Contests and Internships

studentResources_imgNorthern California Solar Regatta
A solar regatta open to all middle schools, high schools, and universities from Fresno to the northern California border. SMUD provides solar panels and small stipends to each team.

An annual contest sponsored by the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District that gives a team of students the opportunity to work on projects revolving around green energy, energy conservation, or sustainability for scholarships ranging from $250-$1000.

PG&E University Program
At PG&E we offer internship opportunities for current college students, recent graduates, and MBA students across almost every area of business. Our internships are great opportunities to learn in real world situations and can be a precursor to employment opportunities with PG&E.

SDG&E College Recruitment Program
Our college recruitment program focuses on opportunities that give you growth and build leadership skills that will last your entire career. The programs focus on the Accounting/Finance, Engineering and Information Technology disciplines and consist of formal rotations throughout different areas of the company. This allows participants to figure out a career path by providing experience in different departments. Participants are also provided a mentor to help support their development and introduce them to the industry.

SMUD Internship Program
Gain valuable work experience and explore various business and engineering roles, while learning from experienced team members and learning about SMUD’s business and the energy industry. Open to high school juniors or seniors attending school in SMUD territory, the internship takes place over 6 weeks during the summer. Students will work 32 hours a week and must have 2.5 minimum GPA.

Education and Certification Programs

American River College: Solar Energy Systems Design, Estimation, and Sales Certificate
The Solar Energy Systems Design, Estimation, and Sales certificate provides training in all aspects of solar photovoltaic (PV) system design, cost estimation, sales, and installation.

Cosumnes River College: Environmental Design and Energy Management
Includes green strategies for high performance buildings and livable communities. It is focused at students and professionals in the fields of architecture; construction; building management; construction management;

Green Technology Directory of Sustainability Programs at California Community Colleges
Community colleges throughout California are implementing green/sustainability programs. Green Technology, a non-profit informational initiative, compiled a great list of community college green programs.

Laney College: Green Jobs Education
Programs include the Building Performance Institute Certification program, Energy Efficiency Sales, Auditing, and Retrofitting, Solar Photovoltaic Design, Sales, and Installation Certificates, Environmental Controls Technology program.

New Energy Academy
A partnership between PG&E and the California Department of Education, the New Energy Academy is a 3-year program for High School students grades 10-12 that focuses coursework and education on new and renewable energy education. Find more information and a list of participating schools, here.

Sonoma State University: Energy Management and Design
Sonoma State University offers a program in the Department of Environmental Studies and Planning that prepares students for professional careers in the energy field.

U.S. DOE Colleges and Universities
Resources on higher education opportunities in energy, particularly those concerning energy efficiency and renewable energy


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