The DOE Scholars Program introduces students or recent college graduates to DOE's mission and operations. As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will earn a competitive edge by familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent and skills.
The application period for DOE Scholars has closed. Please check back in the fall for Summer 2018 opportunities.
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For Sharon Spradling, a U.S. Air Force veteran, participation in the DOE Scholars program led to the Department of Transportation (DOT) where she aided in implementation of clean energy and sustainability strategies. Spradling was a part of DOE’s Federal Energy Management pilot program designed to help veterans hone their workforce skills and experience. While at DOT, Spradling, a doctoral student in geoinformation science at George Mason University, participated in three diverse projects, each of which addressed a unique aspect of energy policy implementation. In her first DOT project, Spradling conducted a detailed review of the agency’s analysis on greenhouse gas emissions from DOT employee commuting and alternative work schedules. Next, she assessed and recommended improvements on how DOT collects, validates, and consolidates water data from the department’s more than 1,000 federal facilities. Finally, she participated in developing a comprehensive energy management strategy for these same buildings that would help DOT meet the new energy conservation requirements outlined in the President’s December 2013 energy memorandum. “The DOE Scholars program allows you to build on the experience you already have, learn about the federal government’s energy programs, and contribute to another agency’s energy programs. It has been a great experience,” she said. Upon completion of her degree, Spradling sees herself in a faculty position, continuing to teach energy and environmental sustainability classes at a university.
Graduate student Ryan Tuttle was no stranger to the DOE Scholars Program – he participated once before in a different division – but that did not stop him from gaining another valuable experience with DOE. He served his most recent appointment in the Office of Environmental Compliance where he focused on determining best practices through compiling different regulatory requirements and tracking the methods used to close issues with these requirements. “There is always another element to learn,” he said. “I have a better understanding of how the government functions internally from this experience; the life of a civil servant is very different than I expected.” Once he completes his master’s degree in public policy at Oregon State University, Ryan hopes to work his way into the renewable energy and energy efficiency side of the federal government with DOE’s Office of Environmental Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or the Bonneville Power Administration.
Jonathan Barnes joined the Army in August of 2007 and attended Basic and Infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga. His stationed assignments include: Fort Drum, New York and served with the 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 2010 -2011 in Afghanistan, and worked with the 4th Ranger Training Battalion, Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of his enlistment in 2013, he applied and was accepted to Penn State University to pursue an undergraduate degree in energy and sustainability policy. Jonathan was selected to the 2016 FEMP Veteran Internship Scholars Program and was assigned to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. During his 10-week tenure, he worked most specifically on E.O. 13693 Section 10 “Regional Coordination” efforts. After completing the internship, Jonathan applied for a position with EPA and was selected. He is currently a federal employee and working in the EPA's Sustainable and Transportation Solutions Branch.