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Mechanical Engineering Internship

  • Engineering
  • Internship
  • Alameda, CA


Natel Energy is seeking a motivated and skilled mechanical engineering intern looking to apply themselves in a fast paced environment. Natel designs and tests high performance fish-safe hydraulic turbines, modernizing the hydro industry and preserving biodiversity while simultaneously enabling decarbonization. You will join a small and exciting team where we develop and analyze the hydraulics and mechanics of turbine equipment, from some of the largest in the global fleet down to scale model performance test units. Natel’s hydraulic test laboratory is the only one in the world capable of performing both fish passage testing and scale hydraulic testing in accordance with international standards, and your role will likely include the design, assembly, and/or testing of scale model machine components as well as supporting systems and other R&D equipment. You will be paired with one of our mechanical engineering mentors for the duration of your internship, working closely with them on projects having direct impact for Natel and for the hydro industry.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar, with at least two years completed

  • An organized and data-driven approach to problem solving

  • 3D CAD modeling experience

  • Experience in conducting well-documented structural / mechanical analyses

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Confidence in working independently to drive a project forward

  • Clear interest and motivation to apply yourself in Natel’s mission and industry

Desired Skills and Qualifications

  • Experience with FEA, tolerance analysis, and/or drafting

  • Experience in machining, fabrication, and/or inspection methods

  • Experience with sensors, data acquisition systems, and PLCs

Compensation & Benefits

Natel Energy offers paid internships starting at $1100/week, as well as assistance with traveling to the Bay Area if needed. Housing is not provided.


Onsite, Alameda, CA. We regularly work with and test equipment, so this role is full time at Natel’s Alameda, California office and facility,

Our hiring process

Natel Energy is committed to building, supporting, and growing a diverse team. We have a standardized interview process designed to reduce individual bias, and have structured pay scales to prevent inequity. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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