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The Emerging Offshore Wind Industry

The first commercial wind developments in the United States are set to begin construction in 2023 off the coast of Massachusetts. Offshore wind will play a major role in reaching greenhouse gas emission reduction and carbon neutrality goals, and is to become the largest source of clean energy for the country. The Northeast will become a national hub for clean energy innovation. The emerging offshore wind industry will provide economic development opportunities for Massachusetts businesses in the South Coast and Greater Boston regions and create thousands of jobs for Massachusetts residents.  

UMass Dartmouth and Offshore Wind

With close proximity to several industrial ports capable of supporting the offshore wind industry, faculty research expertise encompassing key offshore wind research needs, and twelve degree programs directly applicable to the offshore wind, UMass Dartmouth is situated to become a key partner to the industry. Offshore wind and the larger Blue Economy are areas of comparative advantage and strategic focus for the region's online research university. 

"Closing the Experience Gap"

Paid internships in the offshore wind industry for UMass Dartmouth students

UMass Dartmouth has partnered with Mass Clean Energy Center to provide paid, career-relevant experiential learning opportunities and internships to students in the offshore wind industry. 

  • Gain real-world experience working with a company directly involved in the emerging industry
  • Internships are semester-long and may satisfy coursework requirements
  • Program is ideal for anyone interested in renewable energy and offshore wind
  • Topics related to technical, business, legal, economic, and social aspects of offshore wind development
  • Up to $25/hour for ~200 hours over a 10-week period
  • 2-year program with 80 interns
  • Placements will begin Spring 2023 semester


  • Seeking students of all majors, both graduate and undergraduate 
  • Students applying must be in good academic standing

How to Apply

Industry partners and internship sites

  • MassCEC funds climate solution innovation to meet Massachusetts emission reduction goals while growing the state's clean energy economy.
  • MassCEC funds climate solution innovation to meet Massachusetts emission reduction goals while growing the state's clean energy economy.
  • Avangrid: energy services and delivery company with four planned lease development collaboration sites. 
  • A global leader in offshore wind, Orsted is developing or partnering with developers in many of the planned lease areas. 
  • ThayerMahan is a world-leader in autonomous maritime surveillance, collecting data and running operations for pre-construction of offshore wind developers. 
  • New Bedford Ocean Cluster is a nonprofit business network and think-tank who aims to make the Port of New Bedford the first port of call of the offshore wind industry in the United States.
  • The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a nonprofit dedicated to building a network that will usher the U.S. into the offshore wind market.
  • Anbaric specializes in the development of large-scale electric transmission and storage systems to bring renewable energy to markets and strengthen the grid.
  • Collins Engineers is a firm focusing on structural and civil engineering services. They are currently working on port improvements directly related to offshore wind operations. 
  • JAIA Robotics develops and manufactures small-scale, economical hybrid autonomous surface and subsurface vehicles. 
  • RPS Group provides environmental services and planning expertise to offshore wind developers. 
  • AIS Observers manages protected species observing programs focusing on designing and managing complex field sampling and monitoring programs.

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