College of the Desert’s Zero Net Energy (ZNE) program offers students numerous opportunities to intern and receive practical hands-on training through the Energize Colleges program. College of the Desert, in partnership with Strategic Energy Innovations, launched the Energize Colleges program in 2016. This program places ZNE students in paid internships with local industry partners, allowing students to gain practical field experience and to work on renewable energy/energy efficiency projects in the community. Interns have worked on projects like improving HVAC efficiency, installing and maintaining air conditioning systems, working with water controls, engaging in solar sales, and analyzing solar controls/monitoring systems. These internships have been hosted by the companies listed below, many of whom have hired students upon completion of their internship. The program is rapidly expanding and we expect to form partnerships with many more local companies in the future.

Internship Coordinator

Bryan Lee

Energize Colleges Program Manager
College of the Desert

(760) 674-7810

Jonathan Chan

​Energize Colleges Fellow
College of the Desert

(760) 773-2588



31090 Reserve Dr #3
Thousand Palms, CA 92276

Hot Purple Energy

810 North Farrell Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Facilities Maintenance

CLK/Carl’s Jr.

72295 Manufacturing Road
Thousand Palms, CA 92276


JW Marriott

74855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Residential HVAC

Right Away Air Conditioning


Coachella Valley Water District

75515 Hovley Lane East
Palm Desert, CA