Breakthrough Energy Ventures Portfolio Company Career Opportunities

Systems Engineer Intern



Software Engineering
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

Internship Program Summary:

The 2024 Summer Internship Program is open to current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing majors in related fields.

The goal of the Program is to provide students with hands-on, industry experience while offering the opportunity to make valuable contributions at Team Electra.

In this you will:

  • Assist with designing, assembling, and maintaining Electra's test systems.
  • Identify and integrate instrumentation for process monitoring and data acquisition.
  • Assist with integrating new systems and subsystems to advance Electra’s manufacturing and testing capabilities.
  • Assist with performing and writing procedures for routine troubleshooting, maintenance, and calibration of Electra’s test platforms
  • Ensure safe operation of all test platforms and help develop safe testing procedures.
  • Assist with data acquisition and data management from test equipment to enable maximum learning from every test.


  • Must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or another related technical degree.
  • Ability to interpret design documents such as P&ID, electrical schematics, and mechanical designs and translate them into real life systems
  • Ability to safely use hand tools, power tools, and other shop equipment (wrenches, saws, drills, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with electrical or mechanical systems
  • Familiarity with coding languages (Python, C++, SQL, etc.)
  • Experience with programming embedded systems on Arduino IDE or similar
  • Knowledge of electrochemical cell components and fundamentals

What’s in it for you:

  • Hands-on experience in an industry environment
  • Opportunity to work on novel technologies
  • Opportunity to collaborate with other teams


  • The pay rate for this position is $28.00 per hour for undergraduate students and $31.00 per hour for graduate students.
  • Interns are responsible for finding and paying for their housing solutions for the summer. Electra will provide suggestions for housing and will assist with connecting you with other interns after an accepted offer.