REI Summer Internship


Rutgers Energy Institute Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) offers summer internships to a select group of motivated undergraduate students. They are intended to help students understand the breadth of the energy challenge, from the environmental impacts that motivate the transition, to the technological innovation needed to create a viable new system and the socio-economic, policy and energy system frameworks necessary to enable wide-spread deployment. To that end, REI will support students working on independent research projects that address more than one of these elements: for example, examining novel solar photovoltaic technologies and how they might be integrated into the grid, or the geological potential of carbon sequestration and political barriers to its deployment. 

Summer 2020 thru Spring 2021


The Rutgers Energy Institute is proud to announce that it plans to fund approximately five undergraduate internships for the Summer 2020 through Spring 2021.  Internships to support hourly graduate students will be considered, if necessary, to sponsor at least 5 students.

These internships are designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to support REI members in their research over the Summer and the Fall and Spring semesters (12 months). 

Faculty should also consider apply to the Garden-State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP) by March 20, 2020.  Rutgers-New Brunswick faculty members interested in serving as research mentors for LSAMP scholars are invited to submit project descriptions here.  Funding is available for student stipends as well as research support.  

Proposal Selection Criteria

The criteria for selection are the following:

  1. The overriding object is a well-designed internship project that will likely make an important contribution that supports REI members preparing and submitting a major research grant or sponsored research project.
  2. A project that spans the Summer of 2020, full time, and 10-15 hours per week during the 20-2020-2021 Academic Year, Fall and Spring semesters.
  3. A project that is interdisciplinary. Having proposed PIs from two different departments or Schools is encouraged.
  4. A project that also obtains or pursues Aresty support (
  5. A project that furthers diversity.
  6. A project that overlaps substantially with a student’s senior thesis or capstone requirement.
  7. A project that is partially funded by the supervising department.

Proposals do not have to satisfy all of the above criteria to be selected, but the more they do, the more likely they will be selected.

Submission Process and Timeline

Short proposals (2-3 pages) should contain the title of the project, the REI Member(s), a brief description of the project, details on how the project will contribute to a proposed research grant or contract, the prospective funding agency and estimate amount of the proposal, and how the project satisfies the Proposal Selection Criteria.

Proposals are due March 10th, 2020 and selections will be made by March 13th, 2020. 

Good luck! 

Download instructions here.