Recent College Student Interns

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Since 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy college student internship program has provided 20 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 recent interns and download their research papers below.

Learn more about previous interns that were sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Tribal Energy Program, a predecessor of the DOE Office of Indian Energy.

Student NameTribeDegreesYearsResearch Papers
Kathryn HallTurtle Mountain ChippewaM.S. Chemical Engineering, University of North Dakota; B.S. Chemical Engineering; University of North Dakota2017Solar Energy Technologies and the Utilization on Native American Tribal Lands
Teri AlleryTurtle Mountain ChippewaM.S. Construction Management, North Dakota State University; B.S. Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University; A.S. Engineering, Turtle Mountain Community College2017Renewable Energy Technologies for Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation
Diana FullerM.A. Sustainable Development and Policy, University of Illinois Springfield; B.S. Renewable Energy and Economic Public Policy and Native American Studies, Illinois State University2016Identifying Sustainable Design Opportunities in Tribal Hotels and Casinos Focus: Mescalero Inn of the Mountain Gods Hotel & Casino
Rachael GutierrezM.A. City and Regional Planning, Pratt Institute's School of Architecture; B.A. International Relations - Latin American and International Business, Boston University2016An Asset-Based Approach to Tribal Community Energy Planning
JoDonna JohnNavajoB.S. Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University; A.S. Sustainable Systems/PV, Navajo Technical University2015Building Geothermal Greenhouse Potential for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Brittany AnsteadHaliwa-SaponiM.S. Natural Resources and Environmentals, Sustainable Systems, University of MIchigan; B.S. Environmental Technology and Management, North Carolina State University2015Methods for Tribal Sustainable Development, Adaptation and Mitigation of Climate Change through a Sustainability Framework
Kimberlynn CameronStanding Rock SiouxB.S. Geological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; M.S. Engineering Management/Sustainable Energy Minor, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology2015-2016Microbial Fuel Cell Possibilities on American Indian Tribal Lands
Len NeceferNavajoB.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas; Ph.D candidate in the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University2014-2016Identifying Barriers and Pathways for Success for Renewable Energy Development on American Indian Lands
Tommy JonesAleut and CherokeeB.S. Biology and Spanish, Oklahoma City University; M.A. Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Ph.D in natural resources studies and minoring in American Indian studies, University of Arizona2014-2016Identifying Barriers and Pathways for Success for Renewable Energy Development on American Indian Lands
Rachael GutierrezYomba Shoshone TribeB.S. International Relations with a Concentration in Latin America and International Business 2012An Asset-Based Approach to Tribal Community Energy Planning
Nora CataSeneca-CayugaM.S. Environmental Studies, San Jose State; B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Barbara2012Residential Solar Energy on the Navajo Nation
Chelsea CheeNavajoM.S. Community and Regional Planning and Public Administration, University of New Mexico; B.S. Environmental Studies, University of Arizona2012; 2011Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Benefits Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla via Implementation at Their Indian Canyons Trading Post
Colleen CooleyNavajoM.S. Climate Science and Solutions, Northern Arizona University; B.S. Environmental Studies, Northern Arizona University2012Mitigating Climate Change on a Tribal Level
Tammie AllenJicarilla ApacheM.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, Emphasis Environmental and Natural Resource Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Humanities, Cum Laude, College of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011Improving Sustainability, Conservation, and Economic Development Utilizing Off-Grid Ecolodge: Ramona Band of Cahuilla Mission Indian Reservation Case Study
Gepetta BillieNavajoM.C.R.P. Community & Regional Planning, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; B.A. Environmental Planning & Design, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; A.A.S. Civil Engineering Technology, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008Renewable Energy: Planning for Sustainability & Self-Determination for the Navajo Nation
Devin DickNavajo2011Suggested Alternatives for Navajo Tribal Utility Authority: Utilizing Excess Power Generated by Stored Hybrid Units
Joni FuenmayorNavajoA.A.S. Energy Systems, Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint, New Mexico; B.A. Studio Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 2010What's in a Watt? An Exploration of the Basic Electrical Relationship Between a Residential Photovoltaic System and an Appliance
Prestene GarnenezNavajoM.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; 2009Green Gas Stations: A Guide for Tribally Owned Gas Stations
Logan SlockHopi/ChoctawB.A. Liberal Arts with focus in Environmental Studies, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont2010Achieving Overall Betterment of Energy Resource Use in Tribal Communities

DOE Indian Energy Internship Program: Cultivating Indian Energy Leaders

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