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 countyâ¿¿s adopted â¿¿Energy Design Guidelinesâ¿ 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.