Summer Fellowships

MAKE THE MOST OF SUMMER with a fellowship designed for you and funded by the Kleinman Center.


Get Research Experience

Our on-campus research fellowships connect you with faculty mentors who work with you on energy-related scholarship.  You can design an independent research project (under faculty direction) or assist a faculty member with his or her energy research.


Get Work Experience

Our off-campus professional fellowships connect you with prominent institutions that offer work opportunities. These fellowships are specifically designated for Penn students only.

Interested in an off-campus professional fellowship? Accept your unpaid offer and complete our grant form to secure your stipend.


Kleinman Birol Fellowship

Spend the summer working on energy policy-related issues at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France. 

Application Deadline: Closed for Summer 2018 


Summer 2018 Fellowships

Apply today for one of our Kleinman Center Summer Fellowships. 

Application Deadline: March 15, 2018

Summer Fellow Highlights

Anya Gilroy, Environmental Studies major, worked in the Energy Office of the City of Philadelphia where she uploaded and managed the utility bills of city-owned buildings, benchmarked the city’s buildings to track energy efficiency, and used GIS software to create different maps relating to point source pollution in Philadelphia. “As an Environmental Studies major I often feel dejected and helpless with large-scale issues such as climate change”, reflected Anya, “but this fellowship reminded me that there are real people working every day and affecting real change”. 



Lauren Burnsdale, Masters of Applied Geosciences student, interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the Policy Office and Energy Office where she provided research, policy, scientific and technical support relative to the development of Finding Pennsylvania’s Solar Future. “Participating in this summer fellowship through the Kleinman Center has changed my career outlook. Since the fellowship, I have shifted my academic focus towards energy engineering, finance, risk management, and policy for my graduate work.”


A Selection of Past Fellowships 


U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Utilities Service

Serve in the Office of the Administrator at USDA’s Rural Utilities Service, engaging with stakeholders and supporting the development, marketing, and management of a broad portfolio of energy efficiency projects, programs, products, methodologies, services, and initiatives aimed at rural cooperatives.

City of Philadelphia: Office of Sustainability

Advance the goals of Greenworks Philadelphia, the city’s comprehensive sustainability plan. This fellowship provides the opportunity to help solve complex problems, gain valuable experience in city government, and to make a real impact by reducing Phildadelphia's environmental impact, and energy use.

City of Philadelphia: Energy Office

Work with the city’s Energy Manager, members of the Energy Office, the Office of Sustainability, and other partner departments and agencies. Get experience in municipal operations, energy management, energy systems, renewable energy, sustainability, public service, and program management.

U.S. Green Building Council

As a policy-focused fellow, work with public policy and research teams on in-depth analysis of the effect of building energy benchmarking laws that are sweeping the nation. Research will focus on how cities and others are using this new data stream to advance energy efficiency and to maximize sustainability outcomes.

U.S. Green Building Council

As a platform-focused fellow, hone in on building energy benchmarking laws in terms of building performance. Research will focus on analyzing and understanding the reported performance data and identifying and testing variables potentially affecting energy use.

Philadelphia Energy Authority 

Research and prepare summary of existing low-income energy-related programs within Philadelphia.  Based upon stakeholder interviews, identify gaps in service delivery systems and opportunities to coordinate within the service delivery network.