This week, Eric shared with us a plethora of education-centered competitions, challenges, and other programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. These programs are all designed to get students and graduates of all ages interested in, and prepared for, a career in clean energy.

For example, engineering students can take part in Industrial Assessment Centers to conduct energy assessments in a broad range of manufacturing facilities. PhD recipients can apply for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Postdoctoral Research Awards to conduct applied research at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities. Science and engineering undergraduates can participate in Wind for Schools, which helps students gain not only practical knowledge in wind turbine technologies, but also get hands-on experience installing turbines.

There are so many ways to get involved and get in-depth exposure to clean energy careers!

Have you ever participated in a competition or other program involving clean energy? If so, what did you like about it? If not, are you interested in one?

Each week, you have the chance to share your thoughts on a question about energy efficiency or renewable energy for consumers. Please comment with your answers, and also feel free to respond to other comments.