NREL Internship (Summer)-ESIF Network and Security Engineer in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Internship (Summer)-ESIF Network and Security Engineer



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Summary

NREL is seeking an engineering intern to assist in the design and build of configurable cybersecurity use cases for use at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The intern will co-author and perform security (penetration) testing plans in support of research projects conducted at ESIF. The intern will work with ESIF cybersecurity research staff to accomplish these responsibilities. All work will require adherence to NREL’s Safety Program.

  • Ability to build out network systems.

  • Ability to write code (Python, Java, C++)

  • Proven experience carrying out independent research

  • Strong written, communication and presentation skills

  • Good team player and collaboration experience

  • Proven experience in participating in industry workshops and conferences

Familiarity with:

  • Cisco networking technologies

  • Symantec

  • CheckPoint

  • Macafee

  • Intrusion Detection Systems

  • Anti-Virus

  • Malware

  • Pen testing tools


Required Education, Experience, and Skills

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a degree granting program, or graduated in the past 12 months from an accredited institution.

Internship period cannot exceed 12 months past graduation.

Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Please Note:

Be sure to attach your current transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) on the "Submit Attachments" Page during the application process in order for your GPA and student status to be verified.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience with TCIP, routing & switching, and penetration testing principles, and hands-on work preferred. Experience performing penetration tests and knowledge about malware, phishing schemes, and intrusion detection systems for IT and ICS. Must be able to write technical design descriptions using Microsoft Word. Background in reading electrical construction drawings. Cisco certification (i.e. CCNA) or similar preferred. Experience with network installation, troubleshooting and design. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team required.


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