UW-Madison Academic Programs
Students who are interested in energy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have a number of formal programs to choose from. Below is a list of energy-related certificates, degrees, distance degrees and degree focus areas offered to both undergraduate and graduate students at UW-Madison.
Undergraduate Research Resources and Opportunities
Undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have a rare opportunity to work directly with faculty and staff on the cutting edge of research in a variety of disciplines. Conducting research can be one of the more valuable educational experiences that undergraduates can undertake during their time on campus.
At this time, the Wisconsin Energy Institute does not coordinate energy-related research opportunities for undergraduates at UW-Madison. However, recognizing the valuable experience that research can provide to undergraduate students, we have provided a number of tips and resources for those who are interested in working with energy researchers as an undergraduate.
Wisconsin Energy and Sustainability Challenge
The Wisconsin Energy Institute is proud to support the Wisconsin Energy & Sustainability Challenge, a student competition aimed at advancing scientific discovery forward. This challenge combines the Global Stewards Sustainability Prize with the Dvorak Energy Innovation Prize to offer over $10,000 in total prizes for students with the best energy and sustainability solutions.
All UW-Madison students are eligible. The competition will be held at the Energy Hub Conference at the Gordon Dining and Event Center on November 18, 2015. Entries are due October 28, 2016.
Learn more about the competition here.
Other Career Resources
In addition to utilizing campus Career Services, the following websites are useful resources for students and alumni with an interest in clean energy careers.
The Wisconsin Energy Institute collaborates with campus partners such as the Career Exploration Center and College of Engineering Advising to host workshops for students exploring career options in energy. Below are links to presentation slides and videos from recent workshops:
- Pathways to Careers in Energy Sustainability (March 31, 2016) - Presentation Video
- Career Exploration Center (February 17, 2016) - Presentation Slides (PDF)
- Career Exploration Center (October 22, 2015) - Presentation Video
- Careers in Clean Energy Policy and Economics - Dayaway Interactive (November 4, 2014) - Panelist Video Responses
Engineering Professional Development—Energy
Making the most efficient use of our resources and finding new ones: that’s the challenge facing today’s energy innovators. Given this challenge, learn how you can maximize the output of your organization or community’s energy systems and keep up with the industry’s fast-changing codes and ethical standards with an energy course from UW-Madison.
Visit the Engineering Professional Development webpage for more information.
- Clean Energy Jobs and Career Planning from the U.S. Department of Energy allows visitors to search for jobs, internships, and training resources as well as explore career pathways in clean energy.
- My Energy Gateway contains a substantial listing of career options in energy as well as internships, educational programs, and other industry resources.
- Get into Energy provides information on different types of engineers and how their skills match with careers in the energy industry.
- IRENA Renewable Energy Learning Partnership provides internship listings, career guidance, jobs and skills reports, and career profiles for those interested in working in renewable energy.
- LearnHowtoBecome.org has created A Guide to Green Careers to "help readers better understand exactly what lies ahead for job seekers in a renewable, sustainable and more efficient world."
- O*Net Online lists example occupations and descriptions for several sectors within the "Green Economy," allowing you to review tasks, skills, knowledge, and credentials required of various occupations.
- CareerOneStop's Competency Model Clearinghouse demonstrates the various competencies needed in occupations for Renewable Energy; Energy Generation, Transmission, and Distribution; and Advanced Commercial Buildings.
- Clean Energy Jobs Midwest provides an interactive, in-depth look at clean energy employment in 12 Midwestern states, including Wisconsin. A 2016 survey found that the region currently employs over half a million workers in sectors including renewable energy generation, clean transmission, energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation.
- Dayaway Careers: Helping exceptional university students prepare for and find clean energy jobs.
- Energy Central Jobs: Search for jobs in the electric power industry.
- IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Careers: Connecting power and energy engineering students with their future employers.
- ACEEE Jobs & Internships: Free listing of jobs and internships in energy efficiency.
- Spark Clean Energy: Internships, fellowships and job listings for students and professionals in energy.
- Energy Vortex Career Center: Job listings in energy management and energy engineering.
- Renewable Energy World: Renewable energy job opportunities.