From 2002 to 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) tribal energy college student internship program was sponsored by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, a predecessor of the DOE Office of Indian Energy. It provided 18 Native American undergraduate and graduate students with first-hand experience working on tribal renewable energy projects and direct exposure to issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Find details about previous interns and download their research papers below.

Learn about recent interns that were sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy.

Student Name Tribe Degrees Years Research Papers
Prestene Garnenez Navajo M.A. Urban Planning, University of California-Los Angeles, California; B.S. Biology and minor in Mathematics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico 2010; 2009 Green Gas Stations: A Guide for Tribally Owned Gas Stations
Suzanne Singer Navajo Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, California; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, California; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 2009; 2008
Amanda Montoya Taos/SanJuan/Isleta Pueblo M.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Business Administration, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico 2008 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiatives on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation
Carson Pete Navajo M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 2008 North Leupp Family Farms Project: Agriculture Systems Using Photovoltaic Cells and Small Wind
Terry Battiest Choctaw B.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder; Graduate student in Telecommunications, University of Colorado Boulder 2007; 2006 Enhancing Monitoring and Reporting of Residential Renewable Energy Systems on the Navajo Nation;

Navajo Tribal Utility Authority Solar Program System Data and O&M Initiative for DOE Solar Technologies Database;
Nick Johnson Three Affiliated Undergraduate student in mechanical engineering, University of Colorado Denver 2007 Sustainability of Small Wind Turbines on Native American Tribal Lands
Cherilyn Wilson Navajo Undergraduate student in biology and environmental science, Oklahoma Panhandle State University 2007 The Ecological Effects of a Native Wind Energy Project
Jonathan Biron Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) Undergraduate majoring in Engineering, Michigan State University 2006 Tribal Renewable Energy Integration: An Analysis of Current Tribal Infrastructure
Lani Tsinnajinnie Navajo/Filipino Undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Science, University of New Mexico 2006 Benefits of Renewable Energy for Native Nations from the Environmental and Native Perspective
Jennifer Coots Navajo M.B.A. Finance, University of New Mexico. Her research focused on tribal mortgage financing of renewable energy systems. 2005; 2004 A Decade of Changes to an Alternative Power Source for a Rural Utility
Tanya Martinez Mi'kmaq B.S. Electrical Engineering; Power engineering graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell 2005 Remote Monitoring System Design: Sustainable Systems for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Deborah Tewa Hopi B.S. Indigenous Studies, Northern Arizona University. Her research focused on the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) reliability database for off-grid photovoltaic systems. 2005; 2004; 2002 NativeSUN: A Model for Sustainable Solar Electric Systems on Indian Lands
Colin Ben Navajo M.A. American Indian Studies, University of Arizona 2004 Researching Renewable Energy Systems Available to Indian Country
Benjamin Mar Cherokee B.S. Electrical Engineering, Worchester Polytechnic Institute 2004 Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Photovoltaic Hybrid Operation and Maintenance Process for a Sustainable Program
Keith Candelaria San Felipe/Jemez B.S. Environmental/Earth Science, Dartmouth College 2003 Native American Renewable Energy Approaches: Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and NativeSun
Velissa Sandoval Navajo/Zuni B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Denver 2003 Women Champions in Solar Energy
Shaun Tsabetsaye Zuni Graduate student in electrical engineering, University of New Mexico; B.S. Electrical Engineering 2003 Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Electrification Demonstration Program Developing a Sustainable Tribal and Rural Cooperative Solar Program