Undergraduate/Graduate Summer Intern - ESH&Q Office Construction Quality

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Job Type: Internship

Engineering Area(s): Civil & Environmental Engineering

Academic Level: Graduates / Alumni (B.S. Degree Required), Senior (Graduating Soon), Junior

CO – Golden

Position Type
Intern (Fixed Term)

Hours Per Week

Working at NREL

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.

NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.

Our planet needs us! Learn about NREL’s critical objectives, and see how NREL is focused on saving the planet.

Note: Research suggests that potential job seekers may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who is interested in this opportunity to apply. We seek dedicated people who believe they have the skills and ambition to succeed at NREL to apply for this role.

Job Description

The Environment, Health, Safety, and Quality Department supports mission performance and operational excellence while stewarding a safe working environment for all employees at NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory).

As an intern in the ESH&Q Office at NREL , you will play a crucial supporting role without direct responsibility for specific tasks.

Your responsibilities will include:

Providing assistance to professionals in understanding contract documents, plans, specifications, and applicable codes.
Offering support in reviewing and providing feedback on project-specific QA/QC plans, scopes of work, and procedures.
Assisting in the development of engineering procedures, including document control, submissions management, and tracking of project-related items.
Supporting the implementation of project-specific QA/QC plans in coordination with project safety plans.
Contributing to the establishment and maintenance of working relationships with various stakeholders to ensure compliance with QA/QC plans.
Participating in the coordination of Quality Control procedures at different stages of the project in alignment with the project schedule.
Aiding in the continuous improvement of strategies and tools for documenting, tracking, and recording compliance with contract documents.
Assisting in the facilitation of inspections with third-party testing and inspections, including the analysis and reporting of results.
Supporting the oversight of the development and tracking of punch lists and ensuring the removal and replacement of non-compliant materials.
Contributing to the research and application of additional Quality Control and Lean procedures to enhance project delivery.
Providing assistance in overseeing project close-out and quality reports.
Supporting organizations in monitoring, assessing, trending, and reporting on management systems data.
Participating in assessments, inspections, and other essential meetings.
This internship offers a unique opportunity to provide valuable support within the Quality Assurance/Quality Control domain at NREL, contributing to cutting-edge projects in the renewable energy sector.

Basic Qualifications

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Undergraduate: Earned a bachelor’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.

Graduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Graduate: Earned a master’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
Graduate + PhD: Completed master’s degree and enrolled as PhD student from an accredited institution.

Please Note:
• Applicants are responsible for uploading official or unofficial school transcripts, as part of the application process.
• If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.
• Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
* Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.

Additional Required Qualifications
Knowledge of the construction process, means and methods, materials, and installation procedures.
Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures, and practices related to the field.
Ability to use various computer software programs.
Adaptability to new and challenging situations.
Preferred Qualifications
Trade experience in new construction is preferred.
Certifications in quality management (e.g., Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, Certified Quality Auditor, Certified Quality Engineer, Lead Auditor Certification, etc.).
Experience and knowledge of DOE policies and regulations.
Experience with formal work planning and control, conduct of research practices, and Integrated Safety Management (ISM) best practices.
Collaborative experience with a diverse science and engineering research staff.
Experience with multiple Quality Management Systems is preferred (e.g., ISO-9001, ISO-14001, ISO-17025, ISO 45001, ANSI-Z1.13, DOE O 414.1, CMMI, etc.).

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