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Jan. 06, 2022

Apply for Student Internships, Executive Leadership Program, Weatherization Enhancements, and More!


DOE Expands Opportunity for Indian Energy Student Interns

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, through Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM), is now accepting applications for the College Student Internship Program. In addition to hiring four 2022 summer full-time undergraduate interns (application deadline: February 4, 2022), DOE will hire one year-round part-time graduate intern (application deadline: January 10, 2022) for spring 2022.

Current full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are familiar with Native American culture and aware of tribal issues are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants can review the requirements and applications process web page before applying directly through the Sandia Careers tool (search for “Indian Energy” and Job ID#s 679960 and 680061).

For more information about these exciting opportunities, visit the Office of Indian Energy College Student Internship Program web page.

NREL Seeks Applications for 2022 Executive Energy Leadership Program—Apply by January 14

DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is seeking applicants for its 2022 Executive Energy Leadership Program—otherwise known as Energy Execs.

Energy Execs provides industry and community leaders an opportunity to learn about the latest advanced energy technologies, which will help guide their organizations in future energy-related decisions and planning.

Leaders from the private sector, communities, nonprofits, and government are eligible to participate in four multiday sessions from June through September. Acceptance into the program requires travel to the NREL campus in Golden, Colorado, on the following 2022 dates: June 22–24, July 20–22, Aug. 17–19, Sept.14–16 (local COVID-19 restrictions permitting).

Learn more and apply.

Access $38 Billion in Federal Funding through New IWG Web Tool

During a December 15 roundtable summit hosted by the White House and the Interagency Working Group (IWG) on Coal and Power Plant Communities, IWG launched its federal funding clearinghouse. The user-friendly, one-stop web tool enables leaders and advocates in Energy Communities to access up to $38 billion in available federal funding for infrastructure, environmental remediation, union job creation, and community revitalization.

Many of the opportunities do not require any matching funds, helping reduce barriers many communities face in accessing funding for projects. Users of this centralized database can easily sort, and filter opportunities based on funding type, program purpose, and eligibility.

Access the one-stop resource.


January 26ArcticX

Save the date for the second webinar in a series of four virtual ArcticX events, which will culminate with an in-person InnovationXLab in Alaska in May. Co-hosted by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions and Arctic Energy Office, the ArcticX series showcases U.S. leadership in energy innovation and commercialization. It also highlights the resourcefulness and resilience that define the traditionally underserved but strategically important Arctic region.

The January 26 webinar will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Alaska Standard Time and will focus on Environmental Justice and Energy Equity in the Arctic. Learn more.

January 26–28: DOI Consultation with Tribal Leaders on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) President Biden signed on November 15 included a $466 million investment for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for infrastructure projects and climate resilience initiatives, as well as a historic investment of $2.5 billion to help the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) fulfill pre-existing settlements of Indian water rights claims.

The BIL also made tribal communities eligible for additional DOI programs to support building resilience to wildland fire and drought, restoring ecosystems, enabling fish passage, and addressing legacy pollution from abandoned mine lands and orphan oil and gas wells.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland is seeking direct input from tribal leaders to inform early-stage planning decisions regarding BIL implementation. DOI will hold virtual listening sessions on January 26, 27, and 28, organized by topic and time zone. Please register for one of the listening sessions below and/or submit written comments to by February 4, 2022.

  • Pacific and Alaska Time Zone Tribes, January 26, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register now.
  • Mountain Time Zone Tribes, January 27, 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Mountain Time. Register now.
  • Eastern & Central Time Zone Tribes, January 28 Listening Session, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Register now.

If you are unable to make the session reserved for your Tribe’s time zone, you may join an alternate session.

February 13–17: NCAI Executive Council Winter Session

Attend the constitutionally mandated annual meeting of the National Congress of American Indians’ (NCAI’s) Executive Council. As one of NCAI’s three main governing bodies and the representative body of NCAI’s member tribes, the Executive Council acts on any issues raised by its members.

This meeting also presents an opportunity for tribal delegates to meet with members of Congress and the Biden Administration to help strengthen the government-to-government relationship between tribal nations and the federal government. Learn more and register now to take advantage of early-bird rates, available to members ($350), nonmembers ($450), and youth ($175).


Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship —Apply by January 31

The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for 2 years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid summer internship at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Learn more and apply.

WAP Enhancement & Innovation—Apply by February 28

DOE is soliciting applications for an $18.6 million funding opportunity to help state, local, and tribal governments enhance the impact of the residential Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and lower energy costs for consumers. These awards will enable deep energy retrofits of low-income housing in four focus areas: 1) place-based initiatives, 2) multifamily housing, 3) single family and manufactured housing, and 4) workforce development.

Supported projects will expand the types of residential buildings eligible for energy efficiency retrofits, prepare more homes for electrification, increase opportunities for local clean energy jobs, and provide targeted benefits to communities disproportionally impacted by high energy burden. Each award will provide a maximum of $2 million over a 3-year performance period. Concept paper must be submitted January 20 prior to application.

Learn more and apply.

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