Emerging Energy Professionals Program

The Emerging Energy Professionals (EEP) Program, hosted by the Energy and Efficiency Institute at UC Davis, provides:
  • professional development opportunities,
  • internship placement,
  • career counseling, and
  • exposure to critical energy issues.

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, at any point in their studies, who is interested in supporting efforts to realize sustainable energy solutions is eligible to apply to be a part of the EEP program.

In particular, the EEI will recruit students from the following programs and departments:

  • NEPTUNE Program
  • Energy Graduate Group
  • Graduate School of Management
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • College of Engineering

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.

Curriculum Components

Fall Quarter

  • Students meet every other week on Friday mornings from 9-10am in West Village.
  • Students attend weekly Energy Graduate Group seminars on Fridays from 10:30-11:50am, if possible.
  • Graduate students attend a Career Showcase at the end of September to network with energy companies.
  • This quarter, we will focus on resume development, developing LinkedIn profiles, and identifying companies students are interested in meeting with.

Winter Quarter

  • Students meet once or twice a month for selected tours and alumni/career talks.
  • Students attend a January Career Fair to network with targeted employers.

Spring Quarter

  • Students meet once or twice a month for selected tours and alumni/career talks.
  • Students attend weekly Energy Bites seminars on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm, if possible.


  • Students will be matched and placed with external partners to complete summer internships. These connections will be made through the career fair.

UC Davis Collaborators

External Collaborators

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

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 attend at least 80% of the Fall meetings (every other Friday from 9am to 10am) and Winter and Spring meetings (twice a month - dates and times will be determined based on student availability).
  • 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 career fair(s).


Applications for this program are open. Applications should be submitted by June 30th for early consideration and by October 4th for final consideration; successful applicants will be notified by July 15th and October 11th, respectively.

For more information, please contact Ali Loge.