Hydropower/STEM/Network and Career Building/Professional Network Development

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Professional Network Development

The following websites provide links to hydropower and energy industry professional groups and associations as well as internship opportunities:

Hydropower Industry

  • Association of State Dam Officials : Provides student opportunities including free student admission to conferences, annual student paper competitions, mentoring, and free resume posting services
  • Foundation for Water and Energy Education : Provides current and balanced information about hydropower resources in the Northwest
  • Hydropower Development Group : Shares hydropower information on LinkedIn
  • Hydropower Engineering Group on Facebook : Gathers hydropower industry professionals and students from all over the globe
  • Hydropower Foundation : Works to advance hydropower through research and education, ensuring hydropower’s sustainable contribution to a clean energy future
  • International Hydropower Association : Serves as a global network and a recognized presence at international decision-making forums, with members operating in more than 120 countries
  • National Hydropower Association : Offers industry information, Congressional updates, access to leaders and colleagues within the industry, and unique networking for professionals in hydropower and marine energy
  • Northwest Hydroelectric Association : Provides a regional voice for the hydropower industry. Also offers volunteer opportunities as part of the Hydropower Ambassadors program
  • Northwest River Partners : Serves not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming
  • Oregon Department of Energy : Advances solutions to shape an equitable clean energy transition, protect the environment and public health, and responsibly balance energ​y needs and impacts for current and future generations in Oregon
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) : The SULI program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
  • United States Society of Large Dams : Serves as a professional organization dedicated to advancing the technology of dams
  • Water Education Colorado Water Educator Network : Supports and connects Colorado’s education and outreach professionals dedicated to advancing understanding about water
  • Waterwheel Factory : Shares knowledge and history of making water-wheels and small turbines

Energy and Renewable Energy

  • American Public Power Association : Serves as a service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned, locally controlled, not-for-profit electric utilities
  • American Society of Civil Engineers : Assists members with building technical skills and professional knowledge while supporting the environment, sustainability, and infrastructure
  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) : Works to improve climate and energy literacy locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to enable responsible decisions and actions
  • Edison Electric Institute : Advocates public policy, expands market opportunities, and provides strategic business information
  • Energy and Environment Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers : Provides a forum for promoting communication and interaction among geographers involved in energy and environmental issues, enhancing the contributions of geographers to energy and environmental research, and assisting in developing related educational curricula
  • Environmental and Energy Study Institute : Works to accelerate the transition to a new, low-emissions economy based on energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers : Serves as the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Energy and STEM

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy : Serves as a resource for policy discussion of the economic, social, and political impact of environmental and energy policies on African Americans and other minorities
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) : Provides academic scholarships, internships, conferences, leadership development summits, and career and professional development resources to indigenous persons in the United States and Canada
  • Asian Americans in Energy, the Environment, and Commerce : Connects Asian American and like-minded professionals to share knowledge and foster opportunities at the intersection of the energy, environment, and commerce sectors globally
  • Asians in Energy : Provides scholarships, energy conferences and events, and development and training for career and leadership skills to promote Asian Pacific Americans in the energy and telecommunications sectors
  • Association of Women in Energy : Connects and unites women in the energy industry by providing networking and career development opportunities for members
  • Hispanics in Energy : Works to increase Hispanic inclusion in the American energy industry by fostering networking, involvement in energy policy issues, learning about opportunities in the energy sector, and developing professional and leadership skills
  • Latinos in Science and Engineering : Offers programs before college, during college, and during professional careers to Latino engineers and scientists, providing leadership skills and education to students and professionals
  • National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) : Promotes excellence in the mathematical sciences and the mathematical development of all underrepresented minorities
  • National Society of Black Engineers : Supports Black engineers before college, during college, and as professionals by training corporate leaders and leading STEM education initiatives for Black Americans
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) : Diversifies the STEM workforce by supporting Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American students and professionals in attaining STEM degrees, careers, and leadership positions
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) : Provides professional development opportunities to Asian heritage scientists and engineers, promotes the celebration of diversity, and encourages members to contribute to their communities
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) : Provides training, mentorship, and programming for Hispanic mathematicians, scientists, and engineers
  • Women in Energy : Connects women employed by the energy industry and provides mentoring and networking opportunities, educational courses, career sources, and methods to help advance women in the workforce
  • Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) Speakers Bureau : Promotes underrepresented voices across the renewable energy industry in North America by offering a searchable database of qualified speakers willing to present and engage on renewable energy topics
  • Women’s Council on Energy and the Environment : Offers professional development events, networking opportunities, recreational events and career growth information to members, and is designed specifically to help women advance their careers in the energy and environmental fields






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