SECIA's 2014 Flat Roof study intern (Goldpass #110830)

SECIA's  2014  Flat Roof study intern (Goldpass #110830)


Ricardo McCurley, SECIA Neighborhood Coordinator &

Richard Venberg, project lead

Location: In and around the SE Como neighborhood and Mid-City Industrial area: Mostly at SECIA's offices & Rich Venberg's home office, both on 15th ave SE.

Description: SECIA neighborhood organization just received a 2014 grant from the Clean Energy Resource Team (CERT) to do a gross survey of all the unused flat roof space in SE Como and Mid-City Industrial, survey property owners about their roofing plans for the next five years and do in depth analysis of the solar and green roof capacity of 10-15 structures. We've partnered with Community Solar ( and the Minnesota Green Roofs Council ( to play matchmaker between willing property owners and sustainable technologies. Survey and site work will be done by a team of local architects and student interns.

This is an excellent opportunity for an engineering or architecture student to gain real world hand's on experience. During the course of the internship, students will be meeting business owners, architects, and other green industry leaders. The role of these interns is to participate in the following aspects of the project:

  • Participate in regular team meetings with project leaders and SECIA staff.

  • Work with architect leads to execute an aerial analysis of flat roofs in SE Como and Mid-City.

  • Work with SECIA staff to contact businesses that have roofs that are deemed suitable for solar, green roof and/or honeybees.

  • Support planning and execution of outreach events where businesses will  convene to learn more from various solar, green roof and apiarists.

  • Help draft updates, reports and news articles about the flat roof project.

  • Assist with proposal writing for continued sponsorship to allow for more roof studies.

  • Participate in meetings with businesses regarding their specific recommendations.

  • Attend and participate at monthly SECIA Environment Committee meetings.

  • Exhibit and represent the project at various conferences, community events and networking meetings.

The selected candidate will  work with project technical lead to help select roof sites for further study, help locate roof site POCs, assist with site surveys, tabulate data, and participate in recommendations sessions. We are looking for persons studying sustainable building and/or renewable energy creation.  The selected candidates will also gain and understanding of the benefits and challenges of working for a small non-profit. Many past SECIA interns stay connected to SECIA after their terms and others earn letters of recommendation.

Position Schedule: This is a spring term opportunity that could expand into year's position with some compensation depending in the intern's ability and interest.  Some near-weekly office time during business hours will be arranged per student's schedule.  Interns will also attend SECIA Environment Committee meetings on the evening of the 4th Tuesday of most months.   

Requirements: Upper class or graduate students are strongly preferred in the degree programs of architecture, Public Health and Human Services, Urban Planning,  Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management,  or Sustainability Studies.   The position requires self motivation, ability to write and utilize Internet tools, and working independently. We expect interns to be reliable, responsive, and have an enthusiasm to acquire new skills. We are impressed with candidates that are already familiar with solar and green roof industries. Knowledge on how to use Google Docs, Google Earth, Google Sketchup is preferred. We place a high priority on candidates who live in the SE neighborhoods of SE Como & Marcy Holmes. It serves our mission to assist student residents in their volunteerism within the neighborhood.

Application Instructions: please fill out SECIA's intern application: , and send a resume to Ricardo McCurley A short interview will be arranged with SECIA staff and project leads.