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Energy audit internship program created at University of Idaho

University of Idaho students will build real-world skills helping regional businesses become more energy efficient starting this September.

The University of Idaho Sustainability Center and Environmental Science Program are partnering with the Idaho Small Business Development Center at Boise State University to fund student internships to conduct energy audits in Moscow, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.

Paid interns will work in teams to evaluate energy usage in at least 40 regional businesses. Based on their findings, teams will make recommendations for increasing energy efficiency, thereby reducing costs and energy-related carbon emissions. Carbon, or greenhouse gas, emissions are created through the burning of fossil fuels to create electricity and other forms of energy.

The internship program supports the University of Idaho’s outreach and engagement efforts while providing valuable skills and connections for students.

“This program will connect the university to businesses throughout the region,” said Chris Dixon, academic adviser in the university Environmental Science Program. “Businesses will receive free audits to help them build both economic and environmental sustainability into their operations, and students will develop transferrable skills that will make them more employable. It’s a win-win opportunity.”

The internship program is funded through a grant from the Small Business Administration.

All University of Idaho students are eligible to apply for an internship, and selected students will receive training in conducting energy audits from Avista Utilities in August.

For application information, contact Alecia Hoene in the Environmental Science Program at (208) 885-6113 or hoene@uidaho.edu.

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