Clean Energy Leaders

UMN Clean Energy Leaders: Addressing Climate Change for a Sustainable Future

A transition to clean energy is one important way we can address climate change. Thanks to a generous donor, the Institute is launching a new leadership program that will provide the leadership training, coursework, summer internship and a $2500 stipend, to help students be the energy leaders we all need. 

Learn more below and apply here by December 8, 2021.  To preview the application questions, click here.

Eligibility: To be considered for the January-August 2022 pilot program, you must be a Twin Cities undergraduate student who will be enrolled in fall 2022 classes. (Graduating in May? Please scroll to the bottom for more details about a special program for seniors.)

Program Details

Selected leaders will need to commit to:

  • Orientation January 22, 2022 10 am – 2 pm (save the date!), lunch included.
  • Register for PA 4790: Climate Policy and Energy Transition Thurs 4 – 6:45 pm (3 credits): Can we use policy to achieve a carbon neutral future? This course will investigate climate change policy from a variety of perspectives, emphasizing economic logic, ethical principles, and institutional feasibility. We will focus on energy transition, particularly in MN.
    • If you are a first or second year student, please email PA 4790 course instructor, Fred Rose, at to demonstrate your interest in taking this course.
    • If you are unable to take PA 4790 due to scheduling conflicts, you may propose taking GCC 3011/5011. As you are interested in energy transition, please be sure to consider the IonE May term course in Germany (CFAN 3520/5520)!
  • Commit 14 hours a week (140 hours) for a summer internship or research assistantship (internships are currently planned to be online).

In return, you’ll receive:

  • $2,500 summer stipend or Ecolab Experiential Education Scholarship
  • Engaging educational experiences like field trips and leadership/professional development training
  • Connections to a network that will help you identify the right career path for your interests and skills
  • Opportunity to meet with Tom Swain, who has championed climate action work with UMN students
  • A community of dedicated peers!

Graduating in May 2022? Your program will be the same as above except:

  • Your program will run January-May 2022 
  • You will be matched with a mentor in your field for the duration of the program
  • You will not be placed in a summer internship
  • You will receive a $100 participant stipend in May for completing all program requirements 

Questions? Please contact Aaron Hanson, Energy Program Manager,


Community and Campus Leaders: Are you working on energy transition? Interested in hosting an intern or research assistant, or joining our mentorship program ? Please review our program page here for details and application links. For questions, email Aaron Hanson –