EnterSolar, a New York City-based provider of solar PV systems, has established the Maria Telkes Internship for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Named after the scientist and solar pioneer, the internship is designed to attract women majoring in STEM to the solar industry by gaining hands-on experience in solar PV development.
According to EnterSolar, Telkes created the first-ever thermoelectric power generator in 1947. Before that, during World War II, she designed a solar distiller that vaporizes seawater, converting it to drinkable water, and in 1980, she helped the U.S. Department of Energy create the world’s first solar-electric residence, located in Carlisle, Mass.
“EnterSolar is proud of its commitment to diversity in its workforce. It is statistically acknowledged that more diverse teams perform better, and we continue to emphasize this diversity in hiring across all areas,” says Lucie Dupas, director of engineering at EnterSolar. “As a woman engineer, I have often been the only woman in the room, and our goal is to accelerate a change in that paradigm.”
The paid internship’s responsibilities will include helping to design and engineer commercial-scale solar PV projects. Interns will also be exposed to operations and maintenance, financing, sales, and project management.
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