Pathways to Clean Energy Careers

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Pathways to Clean Energy Careers

Eco El Paso is tackling the industry’s diversity challenge head-on by launching a structured internship matching program to place women and students of color at solar and other clean energy companies.

Through our grant-funded program, Eco El Paso will recruit clean energy companies to engage to hire and mentor paid interns and students interested in accessing jobs in the solar and clean energy fields. 

The goal of Eco El Paso's Pathways to Clean Energy Careers program is to help facilitate avenues for underrepresented students into Texas’ clean energy sector and to develop a set of best practices for clean energy companies that want to improve diversity and inclusivity in their recruitment, hiring, and retention of staff.

Careers in clean energy involve much more than project construction. These businesses employ individuals in sales, marketing, finance, administration, design, engineering, and other areas. With the Pathways program, Eco El Paso will expose students from diverse backgrounds to a wide array of sustainability-focused job opportunities. These internships will provide students with access to jobs that pay at least a living wage and provide ample opportunity for advancement and professional mentorship. In the end, the Pathways program will foster more resilient and diverse organizations, as well as a more inclusive green jobs ecosystem.

Greater diversity benefits both the employer and employee. Years of studies have proven that workforce diversity and cultural inclusivity create stronger, more innovative, and more resilient organizations. Gender and racial diversity are clearly correlated with profitability, improving a company’s market performance and overall bottom-line.

Internship Job Description - Pathways to Clean Energy - Paid Internships

Interested in Becoming a Pathways Intern?

The goal of the Pathways to Clean Energy Careers program is to increase the number of women and people of color in the clean energy industries. As such, we strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

🌳 Apply Today:  info@ecoelpaso.org

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must have a high school diploma or GED and be enrolled in a college or university. *
    • Recent graduates (i.e. graduated within the last 12 months) are welcome to apply. 
  • Must be enrolled at a college or university located in Texas. 
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.A. to apply. 
  • ** High School Seniors (ages 17+) who are not pursuing a college degree are welcome to apply for internships. 

Cover Letter Statement

Please include a Cover Letter Statement along with your resume by email.

The Pathways to Clean Energy Careers program regards diversity (broadly defined) as an important factor in serving the mission of the program. The purpose of the cover letter is to identify candidates who have professional skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance clean energy industry diversity and equity efforts.

In your 1-page cover letter, we would like you to specifically address: 

  • Why does this program appeal to you? 
  • How will you contribute to the diversity of the Pathways program and to the clean energy industry in general?

🌳 Apply Todayinfo@ecoelpaso.org

Pathways to Clean Energy Careers

Greater diversity benefits both the employer and employee. Years of studies have proven that workforce diversity and cultural inclusivity create stronger, more innovative, and more resilient organizations. Gender and racial diversity are clearly correlated with profitability, improving a company’s market performance and overall bottom-line.

While El Paso has grown a thriving local clean energy industry, more could be done to improve diversity in the workforce. The Solar Foundation’s U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study 2019 shows that people of color (with the exception of Hispanics) and women are underrepresented in the solar workforce. Studies show the lack of diversity stems in part from the industry’s reliance on word-of-mouth recruitment techniques and general unfamiliarity about the industry’s viable career pathways within educational and training programs.

Today, leaders across the industry are naming diversity and equity as top business priorities; yet, the solar workforce continues to fall short in adequately reflecting America’s diverse population. Increasingly more solar companies are also reporting that it is “very difficult” to find and hire qualified workers. This discrepancy between company values and hiring practices results in structural challenges to organizational success. That’s where Eco El Paso's "Pathways to Clean Energy Careers" program comes in! 

🌳 Apply Today:  info@ecoelpaso.org

What Pathways to Clean Energy Careers can do for employers: ☀️

  • Match your company with under-represented students that are interested in pursuing careers in clean energy.
  • Develop a set of best practices for your company to ensure diverse and inclusive recruitment and hiring process.
  • Strengthen your connections to the community by fostering local talent.
  • Empower you with a framework to participate in ongoing mentorship development. 
  • Address the employment diversity challenge head-on by partnering with Solar Austin to support women and students of color in Texas’ growing green jobs sector.
  • Free job postings and recruiting services to deliver quality talent to fill your current and future internship and full time job opportunities. 
  • Marketing recognition on Eco El Paso's website, social media accounts, newsletters, press releases about this program, and multiple mentions throughout the year to recognize our Employment Partners. 
  • Email our team to learn more:  info@ecoelpaso.org

 

 

 

🌳 Apply Today:  info@ecoelpaso.org

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