The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy provides career development opportunities for students through various internship programs. On June 1, 2016, the 15th consecutive year of the College Student Internship Program kicked off at DOE’s Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year the program provided an opportunity for three full-time graduate students to assist a cross-disciplinary team at Sandia in performing tribal renewable energy technical tasks. The graduate students, shown above from left to right, were Diana Fuller, Rachael Gutierrez, Kimberlynn Cameron, and their supervisor Sandra Begay-Campbell.
In coordination with the kickoff of the College Student Internship Program, in early June 2016 the Tribe partnered with Sandia National Laboratories to facilitate the opportunity for the summer interns to view firsthand some of the work that the Tribe has initiated with respect to off-grid development. In addition to visiting with other Southern California Tribes during this site visit, the interns will work with other internationally-recognized energy experts this summer under the guidance of Begay-Campbell, technical mentor and student intern program supervisor at Sandia.
The Tribe enjoyed meeting with the students and learning not only about their academic and professional research interests, but also engaging with them on ideas they have with respect to the future of off-grid technologies. We appreciate the group making the trip out to Anza and look forward to visiting with DOE interns in the future.
To learn more about the career development opportunities available through DOE, please visit their website here.