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Shake Energy Collaborative Internship

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Positions: Community Energy Ownership Research Fellow
Location: Fresno, CA (an unexpectedly awesome place)
Innovation Area: Generation and Conversion, Storage, Transmission and Management
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

At Shake Energy Collaborative, we believe that renewable energy development can be a powerful economic tool for building a more equitable future. Thatʻs why we work with communities to design a solar farm in their neighborhood that fits their values. We use our unique co-design meeting framework to empower residents to choose where the solar farm will go and what it will look like, including other uses for the land - can we elevate the panels and put a shaded park underneath? Plant a shade crop? Host concerts or a weekly farmers market? Once Shake develops the project according to a community’s design, this asset will generate low-carbon energy and financial savings that can be invested back into the community. At Shake Energy Collaborative we design with, rather than for, communities.
We are a public benefits corporation and majority women-owned business based in Fresno, California. We are currently pursuing projects in California and Hawaiʻi. Weʻre a couple of energy design nerds seeking more creative minds to solve complex problems.


In this position, you will help us identify the most beneficial financial community ownership models for our solar projects. This will involve interviewing residents in the communities we work with to understand their needs and sentiments towards co-ownership. It will include researching existing models, such as rural electric co-ops and the People Power model, to determine their feasibility and applicability for our upcoming projects. It will involve financial analysis of project costs in addition to human-centric analysis from the interviews you conduct with community members. At the end of the internship, you will present your findings to us in a way that will guide our company’s long-term strategy for designing the ownership structure of our next community solar farm. You’ll also be invited back to the community to keep up with the project should you decide you’d like to stay up-to-date on its progress.

Who Should Apply

Weʻre looking for curious individuals passionate about creating systemic change.

Required Expertise

Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
Financial analysis skills are a plus.
Ethnographic interview skills is a plus.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Economics, Product Design, Earth Systems, ERE,  Science Technology & Society, Sustainability, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Political Science