Energy Improvement Programs Intern

Posted: 4/17/2024

Polaris MEP is hiring an Energy Improvement Programs Intern, an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and contribute to impactful projects alongside our dedicated team.

Polaris MEP, a division of URI Research Foundation and an affiliate of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network, guides Rhode Island manufacturers to sustainable growth, innovative technology strategies and cost-efficient operations.

Polaris MEP serves small to medium sized manufacturers by providing direct business improvement services and solutions, as well as by connecting companies to local, regional and national resources. Polaris MEP is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic summer intern to support daily operations including supply chain, speeding the delivery of growth programs. This is an opportunity for a motivated college-age candidate to contribute to the growth of RI’s manufacturing ecosystem alongside our dedicated team of business advisors.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The intern will be involved in various aspects of developing and supporting the Polaris MEP team with the roll-out of several new energy improvement and sustainability programs:

  • Assisting with the identification and engagement of Energy Improvement, Smart Manufacturing Technology/High-Performance Computing resource partners.

  • Supporting the development and deployment of Smart Manufacturing Technology/High-Performance Computing solutions for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers.

  • Contributing to workforce development initiatives, with a focus on underserved communities.

  • Participating in activities aimed at reducing energy use and emissions.

  • Documenting and analyzing project outcomes and impacts.

  • Represent Polaris MEP at promotional events.

  • Other duties as assigned to support the operation and success of Polaris MEP.

Desired Education and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled in a college program related to sustainability, energy efficiency, or similar fields, or equivalent experience.
  • Interest in the manufacturing sector and sustainable practices.
  • Proven ability to build trust and maintain effective working relationships with clients.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft productivity tools and Salesforce recommended.

Polaris MEP follows safe COVID practices and is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please send a resume and cover letter to


Polaris MEP, a business unit of URI Research Foundation, recognizes that the field of manufacturing needs to be strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. The URI Research Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and seeks to serve as a representative inspiration for the next generations.

Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge and URI Research Foundation are committed to creating a diverse environment built on respect for all. We are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers.

No persons will be discriminated against in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other protected characteristic.

We are committed to the fulfillment of this principle by employing individuals based upon job-related criteria including education, experience, and skills.

Each employee is expected to support and carry out this policy fully in all their relations with present and prospective employees and in any dealings they may have with others as a representative of Polaris MEP.

Our Vision

Polaris MEP, 401 Tech Bridge and the URI Research Foundation together have a clear vision: to be a community in which a diverse mix of talented people come together to make a lasting difference. Our success comes only through the dedication of our employees and thoughtful, creative collaboration. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer.