Student Opportunities

CIEE is proud to offer opportunities to nurture, encourage and inspire the innovators of tomorrow

CIEE currently maintains two research grant programs for students at UC Berkeley to equip the next generation of energy and climate researchers with the knowledge and hands on experience needed to help shape the future. An earlier program ended in 2018.

The Cal Energy Corps is an undergraduate summer internship program engaging top UC Berkeley undergraduate students in the design, development and delivery of sustainable energy and climate solutions around the world. All placements are challenging, full-time assignments with leading organizations in the private and public sector, enabling students to gain professional experience working on the technical solutions of social issues in a cohesive learning environment.

During the internship, all participants are expected to keep a blog with regular updates on the progress of their work. Students go on to participate in the annual Cal Energy Corps Symposium in the fall semester to present their research projects to the university community and the public. 

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Art Rosenfeld Award for Energy Efficiency

The Art Rosenfeld Award for Energy Efficiency aims to promote innovative research in technologies and policies that will enable a more resource efficient society. To this end, the Rosenfeld Fund provides funding to a UC Berkeley graduate student committed to research on energy efficiency. This includes technical, social science and policy research that can lead to reductions in the use of energy. The successful applicant will be selected for their academic merit, passion, and commitment to pursuing both educational and career paths with a focus on energy efficiency. Heavy weight will be given to the potential of the plan of action to make a contribution in this area. A $10,000 award will be awarded to one graduate student in a Ph.D., Masters, J.D. or professional program at UC Berkeley. Applications are due by March 14. Notification of award will be by April 16.

To apply to this fellowship, submit the following materials to by March 14th, 2021:

  1. Your resume or CV of up to two pages;
  2. Personal Statement (750-1000 words) describing your background and how you selected a career related to the field of energy efficiency;
  3. Plan of Action (750-1000 words) describing your academic plans and how the Rosenfeld Award will support, broaden and/or accelerate them.

Only UC Berkeley students are eligible for this award. The selection committee is especially interested in the potential for specific activities in your plan to make a useful contribution to energy efficiency technologies, strategies (including strategies that address behavior), and policies. The Rosenfeld Fund is an endowment managed by the California Institute for Energy and Environment (CIEE) and the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly (GA) to support Graduate and Professional Students who pursue career paths and educational opportunities in local and global sustainability.

Learn more about the Rosenfeld award and recent recipients »

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Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (2015-2018)

From 2015 to 2018, CIEE managed the DOE-sponsored Berkeley Cleantech University Prize provided aspiring student entrepreneurs with the mentorship, business development training, and investor feedback needed to turn their clean energy ideas into businesses. The contest attracted and sustained a growing body of innovative cleantech ideas, young entrepreneurs, investors, and partners in the western region of the United States.

Learn more here.

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