By Triangle Business Journal

The North Carolina Energy Office is doling out $5.6 million in federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to create an internship program that will employ 400 North Carolina students training in green-energy related fields.

The federal funds are being combined with $3 million allocated from public and private agencies in North Carolina to fund the program, which will create jobs and internships for college students and recent graduates. More than 20 private businesses, public agencies and universities are expected to participate, according to information from the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

The N.C. Energy Office created the program with money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to provide green-energy-related internship and fellowship programs for North Carolina undergraduate and graduate students.

In the Triangle region, Wake County government plans to used its $164,575 grant to hire two recent college graduates with technical and building knowledge as sustainability fellows. They will evaluate the effectiveness of the county⿿s adopted ⿿Energy Design Guidelines⿝ and make recommendations for improvements.

Raleigh city government has been awarded a $104,864 grant to fund a fellowship to conduct policy research on energy efficiency, renewable energies and green initiatives. The fellow will also serve as the main developer and educator of new sustainability curriculum for city employee-awareness training.

N.C. State Universityâ¿¿s Utilities and Engineering Services/Department of Energy Management in Raleigh was awarded a $475,488 grant to place six fellows within the N.C. State Office of Energy Management, the Solar Center, the Sustainability Office, the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center, and Advanced Energy.

N.C. State Universityâ¿¿s aerospace and engineering program in Raleigh was awarded a $464,801 grant that will be used to hire 48 full and part-time interns to work with outside partners active in conducting energy assessments and studies, or work on campus in the Industrial Assessment Center or Energy Management Program.

N.C. State Universityâ¿¿s College of Natural Resources in Raleigh will used its $435,481 grant to hire 45 interns and three fellows with masterâ¿¿s degrees. An internship experience is a course requirement for completion of a degree in several majors within the department.

N.C. State Universityâ¿¿s Solar Center in Raleigh will use its $373,469 grant to fund six internships and four fellowships to share research or projects and provide estimates of greenhouse gas reductions from their work. Participants could be participating such programs as bioenergy feedstock breeding and genomics studies, cultivation and harvesting techniques biofuel refineries and economic modeling.

Duke Universityâ¿¿s Nicholas School of the Environment in Durham was awarded a $343,239 grant that will allow the hire of 18 interns and four fellows. The fellows will launch new green energy ventures in North Carolina, as well as work on the launch of a new clean energy business based in the state and commit to lead the new venture for at least a year.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will use its $324,736 grant to provide a fellowship for a recent graduate of a graduate program; two fellowships for recent graduates of undergraduate programs; 12 summer internships for current graduate students; 10 summer internships for current undergraduate students; eight regular session/semester internships for current graduate students; and 28 regular session/semester internships for current graduate students.

The Environmental Defense Fund in Raleigh will use its $269,209 grant to place 24 masters-level graduate students at about 18 host organizations. These students will work either full-time during the summer or part-time during the academic year.

Clean Energy Durham will use its $85,945 grant to hire two student interns from N.C. Central University to work with the agencyâ¿¿s community outreach staff to organize and train volunteers with do-it-yourself energy-saving techniques, cost effectiveness of retrofits and group motivation.

Meredith College in Raleigh plans to hire one fellow to work with staff to cut energy consumption and develop a campus-wide energy management and conservation program with its $30,586 grant.

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