UNC announces plans to foster renewable energy internships, jobs

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UNC unveiled a program today to help students gain green jobs.

Developing Energy Leaders through Action (The DELTA acronym is fitting for obvious reasons) will offer more than 60 internships for undergraduate and graduate students with energy companies, local and state government and within the campus itself.

UNCs FedEx Global Education Center features a green roof. The campus is hoping to develop future renewable energy leaders with a new program.
  • D.L. Anderson
  • UNC's FedEx Global Education Center features a green roof. The campus is hoping to develop future renewable energy leaders with a new program.
UNC’s Institute for the Environment will house the program. It is funded by a $325,000 grant from the N.C. Energy Office and $60,000 garnered via the campus student renewable energy fee, a $4 cost that students supported in campus elections.

"There is a growing demand among students to participate in energy-related internships and learning activities," Greg Gangi, the institute's associate director for education and one of the principal investigators for the grant, said in a press release. "They are seeking out unique opportunities to help North Carolina communities and they know there will be career opportunities during the impending clean energy transition."

DELTA is one of several statewide initiatives spearheaded by $5.6 million of Recovery Act funding given to the Energy Office in hopes of generated 400 energy jobs and internships for college students. You can read more about those efforts, including plans at Duke and N.C. State universities here.

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