College of the Desert’s Building and Energy Systems Professional (BESP) 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 BESP 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 drafting architectural designs, installing and maintaining energy efficient HVAC systems, managing construction projects, conducting building inspections, 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

Ana Hernandez

Work Experience Faculty, Career and Workforce Solutions Center
College of the Desert

(760) 346-8041 ext. 7824


Interactive Design Corporation

199 S Civic Dr #10
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Building Inspection

City of Cathedral City - Building Department

68700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero
Cathedral City, CA 92234


MAAS Companies

​Bond Office
College of the Desert
43-500 Monterey Ave.
Palm Desert, CA 92260



42005 Cook Street
Unit 310
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Hot Purple Energy

810 North Farrell Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

Renova Energy

75-181 Mediterranean Avenue
Palm Desert, CA 92211

Facilities Maintenance

CLK/Carl’s Jr.

72295 Manufacturing Road
Thousand Palms, CA 92276

Coachella Valley Water District

75515 Hovley Lane East
Palm Desert, CA

JW Marriott

74855 Country Club Dr
Palm Desert, CA 92260

Residential HVAC

Dan Only HVAC

Right Away Air Conditioning