🚀 Internship

Engineering and Commercial Internships - Thermal Energy

🚀 Placement Program

London, +2

Rolling basis


Working as part of our multi-disciplined teams, we have a range of opportunities for students to support projects across our Thermal business. SSE Thermal are developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage projects, are progressing options across the hydrogen value chain, and play a critical role in delivering net-zero.

We're looking for students who can bring fresh ideas, new skills and creative thinking, to deliver innovative solutions to help us reach net zero. This is an exciting time to join SSE Thermal and our vision couldn’t be simpler: to be the leading provider of flexible energy in a net zero world. That means managing our business today to help keep the lights on while transforming our business to provide that same flexibility without the associated carbon emissions in the future.

Our Commercial and Engineering internships provide real hands-on experience through a 12-month placement. Opportunities are available within our Thermal Engineering and Asset Management team, business development team and gas storage site. Throughout the placement, you will have the support of a business mentor and buddy, who will provide guidance and support to enable you to reach your full potential. You will work on partnership initiatives, support negotiation of commercial agreements, conduct market and competitor analysis, support technology assessments and conduct a rich mix of research tasks.

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Area of Responsibilities



Our interns work collaboratively in a variety of contexts, while also taking ownership of their role by working under their own direction to drive action forward. There will also be networking and presentation opportunities, specialist sessions and support from our graduates.

Pressure Parts:  Plant integrity is key to ensuring both process safety and the availability of our thermal power stations. The successful intern(s) will be directly involved in projects to support these aims with clear and direct application to our thermal sites. The application of the work will be supported by one or more site visits.

Business Development: A mixture of strategy, business, and project development. You will work with the new ventures team to originate and mature project opportunities and work with the engineering, grid, commercial, policy, and regulatory teams to build the business case.

Hydrogen Technology: You will support the design development activities of low carbon thermal projects, particularly hydrogen. This includes hydrogen production (including derivatives), storage, hydrogen power generation. You will also support the wider team with specific technology expertise and coordinate wider engineering team’s technical expertise to ensure robust assessment of technologies and design options are undertaken, design risk is mitigated, and project business case requirements are fulfilled.

Low Carbon Technologies: Interns at the Low Carbon Technology team will be involved in low carbon technologies assessments which include carbon capture, carbon removals, energy storages and biofuel for power generation. Interns will have opportunities to attend conferences, meet technology suppliers and work with SSE business development team to develop a business case for new technologies within SSE Thermal. Interns will also be involved in Government funded R&D projects and gaining experience from working with external project partners.

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We have opportunities for those studying degrees inclusive of, engineering, electrical, control and instrumentation, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, reliability, asset management, maths, science and economics. Our opportunities are open to students who are in their 3rd year of their degree onwards or those who have already graduated.

We'd love you to have some practical work or project experience that reflects your passion for the energy sector, as well as demonstrable experience of working in a team. You'll also be comfortable working to and setting stretching individual targets and using your own initiative to overcome challenges and should have a genuine interest in SSE Thermal and the prospect of a long-term future with us.

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  • Sharesave Scheme
  • 34 days of annual leave
  • Option to purchase up to 10 days holiday
  • Interest-free technology loans
  • 24/7 free and confidential employee counselling service
  • Private healthcare discounts
  • Subsidised gym memberships
  • 21 weeks full pay maternity leave
  • Cycle to Work scheme with generous £2500 limit
  • Interest-free salary advance to cover transport season tickets
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