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Positions: Community Energy Design Intern
Location: Honolulu, HI
Innovation Area: Generation and Conversion; Storage, Transmission and Management
Position Type: TomKat Center-supported
Compensation: $7,500
Internship Term: 8 weeks

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Shake Energy Collaborative is a women-owned public benefit corporation partnering with communities to design solar facilities that generate clean energy and positive social impact. We work in areas where households typically can’t afford rooftop solar and we use our unique co-design framework to empower residents to choose where the solar farm will go and what it will look like, including other uses for the land underneath the panels. Once Shake develops the project according to the community’s design, the asset will generate clean energy and revenue for the local community.


As the Community Energy Design Intern, you will be responsible for engaging with members of our partner communities and conducting research on the most engaging ways to incorporate community voice into the physical and financial design of our community solar projects. You will build upon research from past interns on fostering emotional ownership in community groups to design and test new co-design strategies. Aspects of our projects that we want community input on include siting and sizing, dual land uses, financial benefits and ownership structure. You will be responsible specifically for getting up to speed on community solar and community engagement in the energy industry, creating design workshop activities to host with community members, and refining those design activities based on user feedback. At Shake, community voice is our driving force and you will help us collect and amplify that voice.

Who Should Apply

Students passionate about equity in the energy industry and are interested in the role of meaningful community participation in the design of energy projects. 

Required Expertise

Must be able to work independently at times and be comfortable engaging strangers at workshops in person and virtually. Knowledge of energy concepts is a plus.

Preferred Skills/Majors

Engineering and Design students preferred, all majors are welcome to apply to see if it is a good fit