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Posted: 07/17/2017
Company name: GRID Alternatives
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Job Title: Solar Operations Intern
Term: Intern 2017 summer
Degree: Undergraduate
Major: Quantitative/analytical
Industry: Solar
Location CA North
Project Operations Internship with Solar Non-Profit in Oakland, CA 

GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that brings the benefits of solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, providing needed savings for families, preparing workers for jobs in the fast-growing solar industry, and helping clean our environment. Our core program is the Solar Affordable Housing Program, where we train and lead community volunteers and job trainees from all walks of life to install solar power on qualifying homes. Visit us at for additional info. 

GRID Alternatives Bay Area in Oakland, CA is offering an unpaid Project Operations Internship to support our construction and operations staff. This is an exciting opportunity that will give you experience in non-profit work, community development, and the renewable energy sector while adding to your resume and network. You will work with staff members, partners, volunteers, and homeowners, while receiving mentoring and exposure to all aspects of the GRID Alternatives mission. 

Activities for this internship will include, but are not limited to: 

1. Track equipment used and construction progress for multi-family and habitat solar installations.

2. Handle NSHP rebate applications – filling out required paperwork and uploading them to necessary online databases. 

3. Assist with general client project communications, including general inquiries from client, installation notifications, coordination etc. 

4. Depending on interest, there will be plenty of direct installation opportunities where you’ll be able to get hands on experience and learn about the equipment used, design and code parameters, and general installation processes. 

5. Administrative tasks, such as data entry in Excel and our CRM database (, printing, scanning, photocopying, and filing documents. 

6. Help monitor solar energy production and learn to diagnose solar issues such as ground faults, arc faults, dusting, and answer general usage analysis questions. 

7. Other intern responsibilities that assist in making solar happen for low-income families in a non-profit setting. 

Minimum qualifications:
1. Three-month commitment; ~ 15 - 25 hours per week 

2. Passion for solar/sustainability, underserved communities, job training, and/or the environment 

3. Strong research, analysis, and assessment skills 

4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills 

5. Capacity to establish positive relationships with volunteers, community and business partners. 

6. Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, Gmail, GoogleDocs, web searches, (Salesforce a plus) 

7. Reliable, organized, takes initiative, willing to learn, pitches in, flexible 

8. Meticulous attention to detail - able to double and triple check work 

9. Excellent team player and independent worker 

10. Valid driver’s license and clean driving record 

Preferred skills and qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s degree (or concurrent enrollment) 
3. Bilingual/bi-literate in Spanish and English