Smart Grid Professional Workshop Series


An Immersive Summer Experience

Join us in the Summer of 2014 for a program that couples hands-on coursework with internship experiences at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia.  Set in a unique learning environment, this program will demonstrate an innovative and sustainable approach to providing engaged scholarship and undergraduate research experiences in key sustainability topics.

Internship Component:

A 12-week 20 hrs/wk or 300hr internship in which students are matched with leading regional energy and sustainability firms or research teams in the following areas: 

Sustainable Business: Corporate Sustainability Management, B-Corporation Design, Cooperatives, Sustainable Business Practices, and Sustainability Leadership

Energy: Energy Management, Energy Auditing Practices, Distributed Energy Systems, and Facilities Management

Research: Building Energy Efficiency, Combined Heat and Power, Renewable Energy and Microgrid Applications

Coursework Component: 

Spanning Summer Sessions 1 and 2, this component will offer two 3 credit courses:

May 19 - June 27 (Summer Session 1)

EDSGN 497 - Sustainability Leadership Projects: This blended learning course focuses on the cultivation of change agent skills and development of personal concepts of sustainability, energy and leadership.  Students are empowered to understand fundamental energy and sustainability concepts settings and provided an opportunity to conduct energy and sustainability assessments in their community.

Sustainable Business + Energy Tracks

July 2 - August 13 (Summer Session 2)

BUS 497 - Cornerstones of Sustainability: This course will enable students to explore sustainable business concepts in the context of small or large businesses and in concert with concurrent internship experiences. 

Sustainable Business Track

AE 469 - Solar PV Design and Construction*: This blended learning course will provide both technical and hands-on experiences with small to medium scale solar energy systems including the integration of these systems with building energy efficiency measures. 

Energy Track

* Course prerequisite: EE211 (formerly 220) Electrical Circuits And Power Distribution  

To apply for this opportunity please fill out an APPLICATION FORM.

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 28, 2014.  

Students will be compensated $2,100 for their participation in this pilot program in addition to the wages earned through their internship amounting to roughly $2,400.  Total summer earnings would amount to approximately $4,500.  Students are required to enroll in two 3 credit hour classes during the summer sessions as part of this program.  Standard summer tuition rates will apply to the coursework pursued during this work study program.  Students also have the option to work with their campus internship office to transfer their internship experience into credit hours.  

Housing information is available upon request.

For more information please contact Elizabeth Resenic at

About GridSTAR Center: 

The GridSTAR Center (Grid-Smart Training and Application Resource Center) was created to develop and deliver responsive professional and skilled workforce educational programming that is aligned with the caliber and pace of the emerging smart grid investments and markets.  The GridSTAR Center is coordinated by the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State.

About The Navy Yard: 

The Navy Yard is a 1,200-acre, dynamic urban development, offering the Philadelphia region a unique and centrally located waterfront business campus committed to smart energy innovation and sustainability.  The Navy Yard is home to more than 11,000 employees and 140+ companies in the office, industrial/manufacturing, and research and development sectors, occupying 6.5 million square feet of real estate in a mix of historic buildings and new high-performance and LEED certified construction. For more information, visit




U.S. DOE Solar Instructor Training Network Penn State Sustainability Institute U.S. DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association