The Clean Job Hunt

“What will you be doing after graduation?”

It’s inevitable question dreaded by college seniors all over the world.

With a job in clean-technology and renewable energy, you could be:

  • traveling internationally to manage the finances of energy companies
  • meeting with stakeholders to manage policy agendas
  • researching new technologies
  • helping to finance a solar project
  • creating innovative ways to use social media to bolster support for wind power

These are just a few of the things that Carolina students have had the opportunity to do in the clean-tech sector.

Sound cool?  Here’s what these students and recent grads had to say about landing their clean-tech jobs:



Jenna Koester

“Upward mobility. Make sure you understand what the trajectory is for you at a company before you sign on.”





Bianca Gartner


Bianca Gartner

“A willingness to work and try anything – that’s really what will get you places.”







Charlie Egan

“You want to have a skill–something you’re good at–that makes you attractive to companies. “



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Megan Neligan

“What you do today really does translate into your career and helps grow your network in the future.”



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Ellie Hartye

“Being honest is the best form of communication–not being afraid to admit your confusions and mistakes because you and your boss grow as a result.”




Interviews have been edited for brevity.