Emerging Energy Professionals Program


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.


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, 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
  • Student Energy-related Groups on Campus

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 attend company/organization information sessions to learn about different organizations and what they are looking for in their interns/career hires.
  • Students attend weekly Energy Graduate Group seminars on Fridays from 10:30-11:50am, if possible.
  • Students attend Career Fairs to network with energy companies.
  • Students will get placed in a small group to receive coaching from an appropriate Steering Committee member. Students will also meet one-on-one with their mentor as needed.
  • This quarter, we will focus on resume development, developing LinkedIn profiles, and identifying companies students are interested in meeting with.

Winter Quarter

  • Students meet with their mentors/small groups as needed.
  • Students attend Career Fairs to network with targeted employers.

Spring Quarter

  • Students meet with their mentors/small groups as needed.
  • Students attend weekly Energy Bites seminars on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm, if possible.


  • Successful 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 and small group,
  • Attend a 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 Structure

The EEP Program is managed by the EEI, a Steering Committee of mentors made up of recent UC Davis graduates working in the energy sector, and two Student Leaders from the current EEP class.

2019-2020 Steering Committee Members/Mentors

2019-2020 Student Leaders

  • Miheer Shah – Master’s student, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Dan Aki, Master’s student, Chemical Engineering

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 their small group meetings and meet individually with their mentor, when needed.
  • 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).

Apply Now

We are now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 program. Applications should be submitted by June 26th for early consideration and by October 9th for final consideration; successful applicants will be notified by July 6th and October 12th, respectively.

For more information, please contact Ali Loge.