Explore your career

On our Undergraduate Development Programme, you can see the role you could play in shaping our future – and how you could impact the world for generations to come.

Whether you spend time on our 12-week Summer Internship or join our 12-month Industrial Placement, you’ll get to grips with a National Grid learning experience that could set the foundation for a thrilling career. Could you help us light the world with innovative ideas and a fresh perspective?

Read about how a year in industry lead to a career in helping green up the UK's energy.

Register your interest

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Whether you’re at school, an undergraduate or graduate, looking for a career change or for your next move in the energy sector, we would like to keep you informed about our New Talent Programmes. When the roles are closed you will be able to register your interest and we will make sure you receive the relevant information.

By providing a few details you can be among the first to hear about which programmes are available and when they are open for application.

Register your interest now for our future Undergraduate programme opportunities.

Is National Grid right for you?

We're passionate about providing a work environment where everyone feels welcome and confident to bring their whole self to work. So if you're inspired by opportunity, driven to succeed and always on the search for new ways to develop, find out are we the right fit for you.

Engineering and Technical

An Internship or Placement in Engineering and Technical means playing a pivotal role in keeping energy flowing around the UK. Fresh ideas, enthusiasm and technical knowledge are what we’re searching for in the people tasked with keeping the lights on. If you’re an Engineering or STEM undergraduate this could be the perfect step to achieving your career ambitions.


Satisfying energy demands is at the heart of our non-technical programmes. From constructing new tunnels and installing cabling as part of Capital Delivery, to making sure the network is fit for purpose as part of Gas Transmission Operations, your insight will direct our future - and your passion will ensure we're ready for anything. 

Business Support

Whether joining us as part of Finance, Procurement or IT, you’ll play a vital role in keeping National Grid moving. Although not directly involved with the transmission of energy, your input will ensure we’re equipped and prepared for any eventuality, and your enthusiasm will safeguard our business for the future.

An Undergraduate Placement in Business Support means ensuring everyone at National Grid has everything they need to get the job done effectively and efficiently, time and again.

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What’s in it for you

Whether you join our 12-week Summer Internship or 12-month Industrial Placement you'll get the opportunity to see if a career at National Grid is right for you. 

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

Graduates joining us will receive a starting salary of £28,709 (Bachelors) / £29,753 (Masters), and a £2000 joining bonus, plus:

  • Starting salary £19,835 (pro-rata Internships/per annum Placements)
  • 25 days holiday (pro-rata Internships - 6 days over 12 weeks)
  • A chance to land a place on our Graduate Development Programmes depending on performance during the Internship/Placement.
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group.
  • Opportunity to work across the UK 
  • 3 days development training, close mentorship and regular feedback
  • Support and fund EngTech for desired institutions

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do Undergraduate programme applications open and close?

    Applications for our programmes will open in late November. Based on our previous volume of responses many of our programmes are filled quickly. We advise all candidates to apply as early as possible to ensure they obtain the place that they want.


  • 2 What qualifications do I need to apply for an Undergraduate role in National Grid?

    Each of our programmes require different qualifications depending on the specialist area. Most of our Technical & Engineering roles require a STEM degree, whereas Non-technical and Business Support roles usually require degrees relating to the role.


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

    Of course! You’re welcome to apply again, and we appreciate you wanting to be part of our team.

  • 4 Can I apply for more than one Undergraduate role?

    Yes. However, we encourage you to only apply to the roles that you are really suited to and could see yourself enjoying.

    You may also need to complete additional online assessments if applying for more than one role particularly if the roles vary considerably.

The application process

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

    Complete the online application form. Your application should take around one hour to complete, but you can save it and return to it later. You can only apply for on programme in your application.

    All you will need is details about yourself, including your educational history, course title and qualification, some knowledge about National Grid and the role you're applying for.

  • Stage 2 Video Interview

    The video interview will consist of a series of questions. You will be asked competency-based questions that look at different elements of your personality and workstyle.

    You'll be able to record and complete your interview anytime and anywhere.

    Consider a space where there's likely to be fewer distractions and in an environment that you feel comfortable in.

    Read Hire Vue's Video Interview Tips

  • Stage 3 Game-Based Assessments

    Complete a series of short online games that look at different elements of your cognitive, emotional, and social traits.

    You will need access to a device that can connect online and be used in a quiet space.

    Technical difficulties? Visit Hire Vue's Candidate Help Centre

  • Stage 4 Assessment Centre

    You will be invited to attend one of our assessment centres, where you'll experience a number of exciting activities.

    We will provide more details about the assessment centre closer to the time. We have prepared to hold these either virtually or in person, this will be dependent on current government guidelines at the time.

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