Rhode Island’s clean energy industry has seen significant employment growth, with an impressive 77% increase since 2014. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, employment across clean energy businesses declined by over 2,500 jobs—or 15.5 percent—between the last quarters of 2019 and 2020. Clean energy job losses represented about 4.5 percent of all jobs lost over the course of 2020. The economic aftermath of COVID-19 eliminated roughly four years of clean energy job growth, sending Rhode Island’s clean energy economy back to 2016 employment levels. As of the last quarter of 2020, there were 11,158 clean energy workers that dedicated all of their work week to supporting clean energy goods and services. Despite this setback, Rhode Island’s clean energy labor market appears to be overcoming this hurdle by gradually adding back jobs in recent years.
The RI Clean Energy Internship Program is designed to help provide internship opportunities in clean energy careers, ranging across direct construction, engineering, research, solar, energy efficiency and more! Students will be able to professionally develop under the mentorship of an industry partner to combat real world problems in energy and the environment.
The Fall 2022 Session will be accepting applications from May 23, 2022 through August 12, 2022.
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