Emerging Energy Professionals Program

Vision

Build a thriving network of energy professionals by providing the connections and opportunities UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students need to succeed in the energy sector. This network will foster and empower leaders who will help solve the energy and climate challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Goals

The Emerging Energy Professionals (EEP) Program, hosted by the Energy and Efficiency Institute at UC Davis, provides:

  • Coaching with UC Davis alumni via one-on-one and small group meetings,
  • Career counseling opportunities,
  • Internship/career assistance,
  • Exposure to key energy issues/organizations, and
  • Opportunities to stay connected and contribute back to the program after graduation.

This program targets select undergraduate and graduate students at UC Davis interested in pursuing careers in the energy sector.

Who Should Apply

Any UC Davis student, undergraduate or graduate, who is interested in an internship or career related to energy is eligible to apply to be a part of the EEP program.

The ideal student will be self-motivated, good at balancing school demands with outside activities, and able to commit about 1 hour a week to the program plus complete a summer internship/start a career.

Curriculum Components

Fall Quarter

  • Students will be paired with a mentor and will meet one-on-one with their mentor throughout the academic year.
  • All students will meet as a larger EEP group, every other Friday from 9am-10am, to learn about and discuss relevant topics (e.g., resume development, networking).
  • Students attend weekly Energy Graduate Group seminars on Fridays from 10:30-11:50am (optional).
  • Students attend Career Fairs to network with relevant companies.
  • This quarter, we will focus on resume development, developing LinkedIn profiles, and networking strategies.

Winter Quarter

  • Students meet with their mentor as needed.
  • Students attend the Energy Career Fair to network with targeted employers.

Spring Quarter

  • Students meet with their mentor as needed.
  • Students attend weekly Energy Bites seminars on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm (optional).

Summer

  • Students will complete summer internships or find a career position.

Program Requirements

EEP students will be required to:

  • Create a cover letter and resume,
  • Create a LinkedIn account,
  • Join the Energy Network LinkedIn Group,
  • Meet with an assigned mentor,
  • Participate in EEP group meetings,
  • Attend the Energy Career Fair, and
  • Apply for an internship/career position.

UC Davis Collaborators

External Collaborators

The success of the EEP Program depends on harnessing EEI’s sponsors and partners to provide a robust, meaningful, and valuable experience for students. In the past, EEI has successfully placed students and alumni at the following utilities, industries, and public agencies:

  • Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Walmart
  • Chevron
  • Southern California Edison
  • Wells Fargo
  • California Energy Commission
  • SMUD
  • Ecology Action
  • EPRI
  • CA Public Utilities Commission
  • California Independent Systems Operator

Management

2021-2022 Steering Committee Members

  • Rob Bohn – Product Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Alexandra Malm – Green Building Projects Manager, UC Davis
  • Sandesh Rallapalli – Senior Manager II, Digital Assets, Walmart
  • Joseph Sit – Risk Management Specialist, San Jose Clean Energy
  • Ryan D. Taylor – Senior Associate, Structuring and Acquisitions, Enel Green Power

2020-2021 Mentors

  • Rob Bohn – Product Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Sandesh Rallapalli – Senior Manager II, Digital Assets, Walmart
  • Joseph Sit – Risk Management Specialist, San Jose Clean Energy
  • Ryan D. Taylor – Senior Associate, Structuring and Acquisitions, Enel Green Power
  • Carolyn Weiner – Senior Manager, Energy and Utilities, West Monroe

Common Q&As

Can I apply to EEP if I participated last year?

  • You are welcome to apply again. First priority will be given to students that have not participated in the program, but any remaining spaces can be assigned to repeating students.

How much of a time commitment is EEP?

  • Students are expected to meet with their mentor on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to spend a few hours a month out of class preparing their resume, Linked in account, etc.
  • Students are expected to attend the Energy Career Fair.
  • Students are expected to attend scheduled EEP program meetings.

Applications

In September 2021, we will be seeking applications for the 2021-2022 program. Please stay tuned and contact us with any questions.

For more information, please contact Ali Loge.

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