Undergraduate and graduate students who are employed through the IAC have many opportunities to improve their leadership skills, including through leading assessments and assessment reports, client outreach, and leadership in sub-teams focused topics such as equipment management, research, database management, and student recruitment. Second-year IAC students also serve as mentors to newer IAC students.
Students at the IAC, from MSU, MTU, and HFC, are provided with training in energy efficiency identification, energy equipment, energy consuming processes, energy data analysis, among others. This includes weekly team meetings and training, as well as for-credit courses on campus. Senior-level students also participate in leading training activities.
The IAC allows students opportunities to gain hands on experience with writing reports, energy savings equations and calculations, and working with companies directly. Students participate in multiple assessments per semester and many in the summer, giving them hands-on experience in all aspects of the assessment process, from client outreach, pre-assessment and kick-off meetings, on-site assessment, report writing, and final assessment recommendation presentations. This is accomplished through hybrid, in-person, and remote collaboration across students/faculty/staff and client teams.