Kickstart your career here

Get ahead of the pack: on our 12-week Summer Internship, consolidate the skills you’ve been building at university with valuable on-the-job training, in an environment that fosters expression and encourages personal contribution.

We’re looking for driven individuals keen to explore what our industry can offer. You’ll be closely supported by your manager throughout your programme. You’ll receive a competitive salary and holiday allowance and, most importantly you will have the chance to land a place on our Graduate Programme if you meet your targets. Each placement offers a unique insight into a different area at National Grid – giving you the chance to get a taste for how you could kickstart your career here.

What routes can I take?

Now you know what's involved, discover what different routes you can follow on the Undergraduate Summer Internship.

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Empowering National Grid in an increasingly fast-changing energy industry, by building and maintaining innovative, reliable and secure technology platforms. That's the purpose of this global function.

System Operator

This department is responsible for the long-term strategy, planning and real-time operation of our gas and electricity networks in England and Wales - making sure we always deliver a first-class service.

My future

Where will it take me?

A 12- week summer internship is your first step to an exciting career with National Grid. You'll have the chance to see if we're the right fit for you and get excited about what your future career could look like.

Collaborative. Resourceful. Ready to work on key projects with people across our business. These are great qualities for you who have a genuine interest in making an impact on the world of energy.

Not only that you'll be a well-rounded individual who can balance their academic skills with real enthusiasm and commitment. You'll be in your penultimate year of study and excited by the future opportunities this internship could bring you.

What’s in it for you?

Our 12-week Summer Internship is the perfect way to see if a career at National Grid is right for you down the line. 

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 £20,212  (pro-rata)
  • 6 days holiday over the 12 weeks (25 days holiday (pro-rata)
  • A chance to land a place on our Graduate Development Programme depending on performance during the placement  
  • Invitation to join NewNet, our new starters network and employee resource group
  • Opportunity to work across the UK 
  • 3 days of development training, close mentorship and regular feedback 
  • Support and fund EngTech for desired institutions

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 When do the 12-week Summer Internships begin?

    Internships are scheduled to start yearly at the end of June, but this is subject to change. 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 and acheiving a 2.2 or above in your degree discipline. 

  • 3 Can I apply for more than one internship?

    No, you can only apply for a 12 week Summer Internship or a 12 month Industrial Placement. However, if we feel that your skills and qualifications match another, we may contact you to see if you are interested..

  • 4 Where will I be based during my internship?

    All our internship opportunities are offered at specific locations. When you search for a role, you can see vacancies close to you.  

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

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

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 one 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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