Internship Oppurtunity for Green Apprenticeship Students
This is an internship opportunity for very limited number of students.
The company is part of a multinational solar energy developer group that builds, finances and operates utility-scale photovoltaic solar projects in emerging markets. The company’s co-founders build on their experience as pioneers in implementing utility scale photovoltaic solar systems in Israel (through Arava Power).
The company currently has projects in various stages of development in East and West Africa, the United States and the Middle-East and is now focused on building a 7.5 MW field in Burundi, a 100 MW field in northern Nigeria,a 6 MW project in the Palestinian Authority, and 20 MW in Kenya. The company also has a number of solar PV projects in development in Ethiopia, Namibia, Kenya, Benin, Liberia and South Sudan and is expanding into wind and mini-grids.
The company is the kind of lean, experienced and focused company to bring renewables to Africa and other emerging markets. The company has exceptional financial partners, including Norfund, FMO, AfDB, OPIC, REPP and the World Bank.
Compensation: Internships are not paid. All interns will get a letter of recommendation from the company on completion of the internship.
Application process: Interns should send in their CV and the company can choose to call for an interview. Post-interview a letter of reference will be requested and once that letter has been received the company will make the decision whether to accept the intern.
Duration and work hours: Work days are Sunday to Thursday, and the intern can choose how to arrange their workday, as long as it is pre-arranged with the main point of contact within the company.
Location: All interns should expect to spend all their working time in the Jerusalem office on Yad Harutzim 4, in the neighborhood of Talpiot.
Work supplies: The interns will bring their own computers and phones to work. The office provides fast internet, phones and conference speaker phones for calls abroad. All regular office supplies will be supplied and there is a well-stocked kitchen for coffee/tea/goodies.
Work environment: The Company offers a very exciting and dynamic work environment with a chance to work in close proximity to real experts in business, finance, politics, business development and engineering. We are very committed to the mission and passion to bring renewable energy to emerging markets.
Language: The office operates in English and all interns are expected to have a high level of English to perform their work. Other languages such as French, Hebrew, Arabic, Dutch, German or Spanish might come in handy for those who are already proficient in one of those languages.
Housing: We do not assist in finding housing. We can put you in contact with former interns who can help navigate the housing market in Jerusalem.
We are around 15 people in the office in Jerusalem. From here we move a potential project from acquiring land to negotiating MOU's and power purchase agreements with the government and local utilities, we perform project feasibility analysis with the help of contractors, we put together groups of lenders and equity partners, we deal with political risk insurance, applications for grants and concessionary loans for lenders due diligence, writing RFP for construction and operation of the plants etc. We also look for new potential projects, markets and technology. We work mostly in emerging markets, ie 3rd world countries.
Here you will learn what is required to establish a renewable energy project from beginning to end. You will see and hear the action and learn from the experts of this game. Interns participate in whatever is needed at the time. We also have certain projects and research topics that interns have been helping with such as mini-grids, battery storage together with solar energy, mapping renewable resources of Africa, political maps of Africa showing different countries legislative and/or policy challenges with renewable energy and private company involvements in their country, to name a few.
Our interns are usually of very high quality and interested and eager to be part of our important work.
It depends very much on where we are at the time and your skills and talents as to what you will be assigned to do.
Some are assisting on certain projects in an African country (no travel), some are following up leads for new projects, some are involved in developing new and upcoming projects, some are involved in researching different topics of interest at that moment, others are busy with expanding the investor base, some are assisting in developing new concepts for business and projects etc.
Interns can learn how to estimate the yield from a solar PV field using the professional software PVSyst, but beyond that, the work is not technical. They do however learn how challenging it is to get infrastructure projects to the finish line in emerging markets, something that can be very valuable to civil engineers and others.
Shaul Shaham is a master Permaculture Designer and project director. He is now developing a homestead in Mallorca, Spain and is looking for good workers for agriculture and building renovation work. His website shares his previous work in Israel (an eco-park at a school), projects throughout Turkey and relief volunteering on the Island of Lesbos as part of the ReFGEN (Refugee activism of the Global Ecovillage Network). He worked as the Permaculture Consultant at the Ecological urban restaurant Ek biç Ye İç in Istanbul, Turkey where he constructed the hydroponics indoor farming system and where he taught urban gardening and education for ecological urban life style. www.shaulecosoul.com
Itay Shornik has turned his grandparent’s farm in Kfar Yehezkel, Israel, into an organic vegetable farm and social education enterprise. The farm is also a social training initiative where Youth, that has dropped out of the formal education system receive training in organic agriculture, earn a fair wage and are guided by a professional team in cooperation with the Department of Social Services and the Education Department of the Gilboa Regional Council. Learn more about “צומחים בעמק - Tzomhim baemek / Growing in the valley at www.hava-baemek.co.il and their Facebook page, and contact Itay at firstname.lastname@example.org
Merav Carmi founded the Yesh Meain Farm on her grandparent’s land in Moshav Nahalal together with Adrian Dupont, Yael Freund, Maya Baruch and Dalia Bali following their graduation from the Green Apprenticeship in 2007. They are an education center and community hub which is well loved in the region for the their monthly Sharing Market and courses for young and old. Since 2016 the farm’s mission as Kaima Nahalal is to re-engaging and empowering girls (15-18), identified by the Ministry of Welfare as having dropped out of school. The hands-on organic farming, business learning, and community activities of the farm are led by a multi-generational all-women professional team of social activists, agriculturalists, and pedagogues experiences in working with youth. The program cultivates a sense of personal value and self-confidence while learning business skills as they grow, harvest and sell the farm's organic products. The young women earn a salary and see themselves as fully invested partners in an undertaking of which they can take pride. Green Apprenticeship grad Lior Zrihen is the field manager and farm youth guide.
Receive University Credits
Course Description: Apprentice Training in this open-entry, open-exit format is
designed as a specific form of experiential learning where students receive hands-on
experience and career development skills while also providing a needed service or labor
to a sustainability oriented enterprise, college campus, NGO, community group, local
initiative, entrepreneur, small business, regional partnership, or other form of an
organized “learning through serving” contractual arrangement. It directly relates to the
college’s mission of:
…providing students with the opportunity to become empowered leaders, successful
professionals, engaged cultural, environmental and global citizens, respectful
collaborators, and active learners capable of determining and taking responsibility for their
The apprenticeship is designed to provide students with both conceptual understanding
and practical skills that they can transfer back to their own communities and field of
Students must register for and be accepted by the Green Apprenticeship program prior
to registering for this course.
How much does it cost? $960 for 3 credits ($320/credit hour)
Does the course require academic assignments in addition to my experiential learning at the Green Apprenticeship site? Yes. While the vast majority of the classroom and hands-on learning takes place during the Green Apprenticeship, there will be a pre and post excursion assignment. These two assignments are designed to book-end your experience to deepen the experience and capture the outcomes. The assignments will be assigned and taken through the online dimension of the course made available through Paul Smith’s College.
Can I transfer the credit to my college or university? In most every case the answer is yes. As a fully accredited college, Paul Smith’s College credits are widely recognized and accepted. Be sure to verify this with your university or college prior to enrolling. Be sure to meet with your advisor ensure that the credits fit into your program’s curriculum. Students typically transfer the credits as practicum, internship, field-based studies, to meet an elective requirement or as a substitute for a similar course. There are many ways to apply the credits, and it is up to the student to take the initiative to meet with an advisor and explain the value of the course, their academic interests and how it fits within curriculum.
How do I transfer the credit? The Registrar’s Office at Paul Smith’s College will assist you with the transcript necessary for transferring the credit.
How do I learn more about the Green Apprenticeship college credit option? For more information about the course, contact Dr. Kenneth Cohen at email@example.com