Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA)

Transmission Services Intern & Fish & Wildlife Program Intern


In partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration, AISES is thrilled to announce multiple internship opportunities for summer of 2018.

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), part of the U.S. Department of Energy, is a federal nonprofit agency based in the Pacific Northwest. As part of its responsibilities, BPA promotes energy efficiency, renewable resources, and new technologies.  The agency also funds regional efforts to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Columbia River Basin.

The Bonneville Power Administration offers unique opportunities for students to begin exploring careers in energy and fish and wildlife environment. An AISES internship enables students to put their education and knowledge to action on BPA projects, as well as prepare students for future employment. To learn more about the Bonneville Power Administration, visit

Internships available

Transmission Service Interns – 1-2 positions available

Positions are available in one of the following organizations:  Planning and Assessment Management, Systems Operation and Engineering and Technical – depending on the students’ engineering major of study and interest.  The internship will be in Vancouver, WA (just outside of Portland, OR).  Interns will assist senior engineers working on drawings, performing planning functions, design, testing equipment, participating in field visits, and other activities. The ideal candidate will have a background in electrical, civil, or mechanical engineering.

Fish and Wildlife Program Intern

The first and last week of this internship are spent at the BPA Headquarters in Portland, OR where the intern is exposed to work completed by the BPA Fish and Wildlife Program – a nearly $300 million annual program that implements fish and wildlife related projects in the region. Much of the internship is at the Cle Elum Supplementation and Research Facility (fish hatchery) located in Cle Elum, WA that is managed by the Yakama Nation.  The intern will perform a suite of fish culturalist and technician tasks with the Yakama Nation hatchery team, as well as partnering state agencies.  The intern will learn the importance of supplementation and management actions within the Yakima Basin.  Work performed at the Cle Elum Supplementation and Research Facility is integral to the return of salmon to Columbia River tributaries.  This internship provides many opportunities to gain hands-on experience with projects, field work, professional development network.

Internship details

The positions are paid weekly stipend that includes dormitory lodging, weekly transportation allowance, and round-trip airfare or mileage to the internship site.  Candidates must complete 10 weeks of full-time work in their assigned office.  Interns should not undertake this commitment if it creates undue hardship or if personal or financial obligations prevent them from participating for the full consecutive 10 weeks. 

Applications are due December 15, 2017.

For more details about the internship, eligibility, the application process, and timeline visit

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