Students are an integral part of our Institute. We are always interested in working with inspired undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in energy. Working at the EEI, students have the opportunity to conduct research, publish academic work, and contribute to important and relevant projects that are advancing the energy sector in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way. Current opportunities for students to get involved include:

Emerging Energy Professionals Program

A year-long program designed to train UC Davis undergraduate and graduate students in the skills and thinking essential to pursuing professional careers in energy.

Energy Career Fair

Each January, we host an Energy Career Fair in partnership with the UC Davis Internship and Career Center. This Fair, provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate UC Davis students to connect with representatives from energy-related companies in the government, private, and non-profit sectors.

UC Davis Student Energy Chapter

Building a community of student energy leaders to share cross-disciplinary knowledge about the energy system and take action to accelerate the transition to a resilient, decarbonized, and equitable energy future.


We often have internships available in a range of areas, including research, outreach, and project management. 

Energy Graduate Group

Our prosperity and way of life depend on the provision and consumption of energy, yet our energy system is the largest contributor to climate change and many other environmental challenges. A fundamentally new approach to energy supply and use is needed that addresses the many complex interactions inherent in energy research and development. On the supply side, we need to mitigate the risks of fossil energy production while increasing the supply and competitiveness of low-carbon renewable sources. On the demand side, we have enormous opportunities to improve efficiency and change behaviors in ways that dramatically reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. In both cases, the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of our choices must be carefully understood and considered.

The Energy Graduate Group (EGG) provides the interdisciplinary training required to tackle the energy challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Our mission is to produce graduates who will be energy leaders and experts in government, the private sector, and academia.

The EGG offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy Systems. Students take relevant coursework from across the UC Davis campus and conduct interdisciplinary research to address pressing environmental, economic, policy, and social challenges related to energy production and consumption facing California, the U.S., and the world. EGG is housed within the Energy and Efficiency Institute, which includes research centers, programs, and partnerships where students conduct research.

The energy industry in California, and around the world, currently has an unmet demand for professionals with interdisciplinary graduate training in energy. EGG graduates will use training in engineering, physical sciences, economics, environmental sciences, management, sociology, and policy to interact effectively with policymakers, engineers, scientists, and academics. Both Masters and Ph.D. students will prove to be the world’s next generation of leaders in sustainable energy solutions.

Learn about the Energy Graduate Group

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Why study energy at UC Davis?


Achieving an affordable and sustainable energy future requires a highly innovative workforce. To keep pace with rapid changes in technology and market needs, we must create education and training programs that prepare students and professionals with the knowledge, skills, and training needed to advance the energy sector in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.

The EEI has developed one of the leading energy focused education programs in the nation. Our current program consists of: