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National Renewable Energy Laboratory NetDevOps Cybersecurity Internship (Year Round) in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

NetDevOps Cybersecurity Internship (Year Round)



CO - Golden


Position Type

Intern (Fixed Term)


Hours Per Week



Job Description

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, is the nation’s primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Secure Cyber-Energy Systems Group within the Energy Security and Resilience Center is strengthening our grid against tomorrow's threats. It spans the fundamentals, from cryptography for distributed energy systems to cybersecurity industry standards for interconnecting new devices.

The Secure Cyber-Energy Systems Group is seeking an intern to perform networking, development, and operations work for the Grid Research End-to-End Network Communications (GREENC) project. GREENC is one critical component of a larger effort, the Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES at ). ARIES represents a substantial scale-up in experimentation capability from existing research platforms. GREENC’s role is to create dynamic networks for ephemeral environments by providing end-to-end data visibility, infrastructure elasticity, and systems automation to achieve “hardware-in-the-loop” experimentation and facilitate large scale cyber-energy research.

The intern will work closely with team members to research, identify, and implement viable solutions including:

Use their computer science skills to develop automation scripts, interact with Linux systems and utilize a number of DevOps tools. Apply infrastructure-as-code techniques to deploy a variety of different network topologies. Use their cybersecurity knowledge to achieve compliance-as-code and meet security controls.

This position is set for part-time work during the academic year and full-time during the summer months. The starting date is flexible and can accommodate immediate availability or a May start. Anticipate continued work into the 2021 fall academic term.

Preference is for an undergraduate student studying cybersecurity, networking and systems administration, computer science, or computer engineering.


Basic Qualifications

Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree 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:

•You will need to upload official or unofficial school transcripts as part of the application process.

•If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.


Additional Required Qualifications

  • Linux fundamentals

  • Networking/SDN fundamentals

  • Git and CI/CD

  • Virtualization/Containerization

  • Scripting with bash, YAML, or python.

  • Works well in a team setting

  • Strong communication skills

  • Passion for learning

Preferred Qualifications


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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

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