Utility Student Internship

Internship Projects

  • Summer 2020

    Utility Student Internship 2020

    The ACEP Utility Student Internship program is on its second year running for summer 2020. The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) and participating utilities/organizations selected a total of 10 students to work on identified energy research projects. Several of the interns are enrolled in University of Alaska electrical and mechanical engineering degree programs; the other three students are enrolled in a computer engineering program at Purdue University, a mechanical engineering degree at Seattle Pacific University and a master's degree program in Sustainable Energy Systems at Imperial College London. As part of their preparatory work, the students successfully completed the Alaska Energy Utility Lecture Series, a 1-credit hour course through UAF Bristol Bay Campus, during the 2020 spring semester.  Immediately preceding the internship, the students attended a 5-day Microgrid Boot Camp, an intensive training course focusing on the resources, technologies and operations of Alaska's wide range of microgrid energy systems.

    Find the 2020 intern project highlights in the news here.

    2020 Interns

      • Josiah Alverts
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAF
      • Participating Partner(s): Alaska Power & Telephone (AP&T) (Eagle)
      • Find out more about Josiah Alverts's projects.
      • Jordan Barde
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- Seattle Pacific University
      • Participating Partner(s): Copper Valley Electric Association (CVEA) (Valdez)
      • Find out more about Jordan Barde's projects.
      • Logan Borger
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAF
      • (Yakutat, Fairbanks, Foggy Island Bay)
      • Find out more about Logan Borger's projects.
      • Trisha Jimmie
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAA
      • Participating Partner(s): Doyon Utilities (Fort Wainwright)
      • Find out more about Trisha Jimmie's projects.
      • Abigail Leigh
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAF
      • Participating Partner(s): Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) (Healy)
      • Find out more about Abigail Leigh's projects.
      • Matt Moses
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering & Math -- UAA
      • Participating Partner(s): Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority (TNHA) (Utqiaġvik)
      • Find out more about Matt Moses's projects.
      • Jack Rodman
      • Major: Computer Engineering -- Purdue University
      • Participating Partner(s): 60Hertz (Anchorage, AVEC Villages)
      • Find out more about Jack Rodman's projects.
      • Christian Seekins
      • Major: Electrical Engineering; Minor: Math/Applied Business -- UAF
      • Participating Partner(s): Golden Valley Electric Association (GVEA) (Fairbanks)
      • Find out more about Christian Seekins's projects.
      • Kim Swedberg
      • Major: Electrical Engineering with Computer Science concentration -- UAF
      • Participating Partner(s): Eaton Corporation (Eielson Air Force Base)
      • Find out more about Kim Swedberg's projects.
      • Ilya Turchaninov
      • Major: Biological Sciences and Fisheries -- UAA
      • Participating Partner(s): CASES Project (Galena)
      • Find out more about Ilya Turchaninov's projects.

    Final Reports

    Each intern's final report and vodcast showcases their summer work with their utility / partner.  

    MEA Talkeetna Microgrid Project: Distributed Generation Across Alaska - Abigail Leigh

    GVEA Carbon Reduction Study Final Report - Christian Seekins

    Community Appropriate Sustainable Energy Security (CASES) Partnership Final Report - Ilya Turchaninov

    Power Cost Equalization Program: Addressing Problems and Inefficiencies through Software to Automate and Optimize Filing - Jack Rodman

    Feasibility of Microreactors for Copper Valley Electric Association - Jordan Barde

    Microgrid Feasibility Study: Considering Renewable Energy Technology in Eagle, Alaska - Josiah Alverts

    Eaton Data Management Project - Kim Swedberg

    Photogrammetry Project Final Report - Logan Borger

    Data Analysis and Modeling for Taġiuġmiullu Nunamiullu Housing Authority - Matthew "Morgan" Moses

    Heat Transfer Analysis Inside Underground Piping (sensitive data; not published publicly) - Trisha Jimmie

    Vodcasts

    Each intern's final report and vodcast showcases their summer work with their utility / partner.   

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  • Summer 2019

    Utility Student Internship 2019

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    The ACEP Utility Student Internship program was spearheaded in 2019. ACEP and 9 participating utilities selected a total of 9 students from the applicant pool. Each of the student interns had direct ties to Alaska, with the majority being enrolled at the University of Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks. The students were mechanical, electrical and civil engineering majors. As part of their preparatory work, the students attended a weekly lecture series with speakers from the utilities and ACEP during the spring semester. Immediately preceding the internship, the students attended a 5-day Microgrid Boot Camp in Fairbanks which focused specifically on the resources, technologies and operations of Alaska’s wide range of microgrid energy systems.

    2019 Interns

      • Grace Bolt
      • Major: Electrical Engineering (Power Generation) -- UAF
      • Utility: Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) (Palmer)
      • Find out more about Grace Bolt's projects.
      • Liam Cassell
      • Major: Electrical Engineering (Digital & Power Electronics) -- UAF
      • Utility: Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC) (Anchorage, AVEC villages)
      • Find out more about Liam Cassell's projects.
      • David Chamberlain
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAA
      • Utility: Alaska Power and Telephone (AP&T) (Anchorage, Prince of Wales Island)
      • Find out more about David Chamberlain's projects.
      • Mitchell Hedrik
      • Major: Electrical Engineering (Power, Control), Mathematics (Minor) -- UAF
      • Utility: Chugach Electric Association (CEA) (Anchorage)
      • Find out more about Mitchell Hedrik's projects.
      • Chong Her
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAA
      • Utility: 60Hertz Microgrids (Anchorage, AVEC villages)
      • Find out more about Chong Her's projects.
      • Kurt Nunn
      • Major: Computer & Electrical Engineering -- UAF
      • Utility: Cordova Electric Cooperative (Cordova)
      • Find out more about Kurt Nunn's projects.
      • Zachary Pinkley
      • Major: Mechanical Engineering -- UAF
      • Utility: Sustainable Energy for Galena Alaska (SEGA) (Galena)
      • Find out more about Zachary Pinkley's projects.
      • Arianna Sosnowski
      • Major: Civil Engineering -- UAA
      • Utility: City of Buckland (Buckland)
      • Find out more about Arianna Sosnowski's projects.