NREL (Year round Intern) Advanced Transportation Analysis in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

(Year round Intern) Advanced Transportation Analysis



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

Seeking a full- or part-time intern to work with researchers in NREL’s Transportation Center on analysis of advanced vehicle and mobility technologies. Specific tasks may include:

  • Support developing, applying and validating models of consumer purchasing behavior for new vehicle technologies and/or mode choice behavior.

  • Working with and analyzing large quantities of real-world travel activity and vehicle driving data, to potentially include fusion of multiple datasets and integration with high-performance computing resources.

  • Application of real-world travel data to assess energy consumption of alternative vehicle technologies and charging requirements for electric vehicles.

  • Analyzing energy and mobility impacts from connected and automated vehicle technologies, transportation network companies (such as Uber and Lyft) and other new transportation options.

  • Gather a variety of transportation/travel data through existing APIs and/or develop customized web scraping tools to gather required data.

  • Assist in writing peer-reviewed publications and high-quality technical reports.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

  • Strong collaboration skills: thrive working in a collaborative team environment but comfortable working independently when necessary.

  • Strong analytic, coding and communication skills.

  • Degrees/backgrounds of particular interest: engineering, transportation, data science, computer science, behavioral science, planning, economics, geography/GIS, mathematics and statistics.

Please include all requested experience and qualification information on the uploaded PDF (or MS Word) copy of your resume.


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution. Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation. Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Please Note: Before interview selection, you will need to provide unofficial transcripts to verify GPA and full time enrollment.


Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess at least some of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Cumulative undergraduate/graduate GPA over 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (please provide on resume).

  • Experience with data analytics, big data management, scraping data off of the web, high-performance/distributed computing, machine learning and/or deep learning.

  • Demonstrated knowledge in one of more of the following software and programming languages: Python, R, C/C++, Julia, MATLAB, HTML, CSS, JavaScript.

  • Familiarity with behavior/choice modeling and/or logit functions.

  • Knowledge of vehicle powertrain modeling and/or energy analysis.

  • Knowledge of geospatial data analysis/visualization, web design, and/or engineering computing.

  • Knowledge of traffic demand modeling, ITS, traffic operation, and transportation simulation.

  • Strong writing and presentation skills.


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