Craft your career

Combining the skills you’ve learnt at university with on the job experience instantly puts you ahead of the pack. It’s your opportunity to develop your talents in an environment that fosters expression and encourages personal contribution. Each placement caters to the needs of each department at any one time, so you’ll enjoy your own, unique experience while helping us to shape the future direction of National Grid and the energy sector.

We’re looking for driven individuals keen to explore what the industry can offer. You’ll be supported by your line manager and benefit from a competitive salary and holiday allowance. And, perhaps most importantly, you’ll be guaranteed a place on the Graduate Programme if you meet your performance targets.

What we’re looking for

Team-orientated and excellent with time management, you’ll be confident and comfortable working on multiple projects with various different teams across the business. 

You can see a full list of the subjects you need to be studying or degree requirements here.

We’re looking for well-rounded individuals who can balance their academic skills with real enthusiasm and commitment. You’ll be in your penultimate year of study and excited by the opportunity to work across the UK.

You might have relevant work experience or perhaps you’ve volunteered for a local initiative. But ultimately, you’ll demonstrate to us an enthusiasm for your chosen function and be eager to learn the ropes from real experts. 

What routes can I take?_


This is a global function that provides innovative, reliable and secure technology platforms that empower National Grid in an increasingly fast-changing energy industry.

Digital Risk & Security

This is a critical department in National Grid that ensures all systems remain safe and secure. As cyber security is a fast growing area, the team are constantly working to prevent cyber-attacks on our critical systems, be that in house or working with other companies and governments.

System Operator

This department is responsible for the long term strategy, planning and real time operation of the gas and electricity networks in England and Wales, ensuring we deliver the highest levels of the service for our customers and stakeholders.

What’s in it for you?

A Summer Internship is the perfect way to see if a career at National Grid is right for you down the line. 

So if you enjoy your experience and impress us with your abilities, you could start your final year with a place on the Graduate Development Programme – a fantastic opportunity to build a career with endless possibilities.

Rewards and Benefits

  • Starting salary of £16,500 (pro-rata)
  • 6 days holiday over the 12 weeks (25 days holiday (pro-rata)
  • Potential offer of a place on the Graduate Development Programme at National Grid
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Opportunity to work across the UK (must be willing to work away from home)
  • 3 days development training
  • Support and fund EngTech for desired institutions
  • Buddy to support you during your placement
  • Ongoing feedback and support

Application Process and Apply

Join us

We’re looking for fresh talent and innovative thinking. If you’re passionate about the future of energy and excited by the prospect of working as part of a dynamic, inspiring team then you could be right for National Grid. 

Here’s how to apply

  • Stage 1 Online Application

    You can apply through this website, your application should take around one hour to complete but you can save it and return to it later. 

  • Stage 2 Online ability tests

    If you meet the minimum requirements for the role you’ll be put through to complete timed ability tests and a personality questionnaire which allow us to get a real picture of who you are and where you fit into National Grid.

  • Stage 3 Telephone Interview

    If you’ve impressed us, you’ll be invited to a telephone interview where you’ll tell us a little more about yourself and your ambitions and will be asked questions about the energy industry along with some competency based questions. 

  • Stage 4 Assessment Centre

    If you’re invited to attend one of our assessment centres, you’ll take part in an interview, group exercise and a presentation exercise where you can let your personality shine through. 

  • Stage 5 Decision

    The final stage in the process, we will act as quickly as possible to inform you of the outcome. If you’re successful we’ll call you to let you know and we’ll send you an offer letter confirming the details. If unsuccessful we offer a follow up call to talk you through your application, and provide advice and feedback.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1 When do the 12 week Internships begin?

    The summer internships will start at the end of June 2018 but this can be subject to change, so we’ll keep you updated regularly once you’ve been offered a place.

  • 2 What are the requirements for the roles?

    You’ll need to be in your penultimate year of university. 

    Our 12 week summer internships are allocated to different departments depending on our business need. You could work in any of our functions (although we encourage you to choose an area most relevant to your discipline) meaning you’ll get full exposure to different areas of National Grid, a great way to gain that all important work experience that employers look for. Degree requirements vary for each of our roles but you will find these details in the ‘What we’re looking for’ section of this site. 

  • 3 Can I apply for more than one internship?

    No, you can only apply for a single role. However if we feel that your skills and qualifications match another role we may contact you to discuss the opportunity with you and see if you are interested.

  • 4 Where will I be based during my internship?

    All of our internship opportunities are offered at specified locations so when you search for a role you’ll be able to see vacancies that are close to you and apply. It’s important that you are willing to work in the specified location that you apply for. 

  • 5 Can I apply if I have applied to National Grid before?

    Yes of course, we appreciate people who really want to work for us so you’re welcome to apply again.