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 we’re looking for

Collaborative. Resourceful. Ready to work on key projects with people across our business. We’re looking for all these qualities, and for people with a genuine interest in making an impact on the world of energy.

Before you apply, find the specific requirements that you'll need for each of our programmes on the Undergraduate Requirements Sheet. 

Expand below to find out more and click on the role titles to apply.

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?_


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


It’s down to this department to make sure all our systems stay safe and secure. Cyber-security is a rapidly growing industry and, as part of this team, it will be down to you to keep our vital infrastructure safe

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.

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 £19,418 (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 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

    Your application should take around one hour to complete, but you can save it and return to it later.

  • Stage 2 Online Ability Tests

    The next step is to complete our timed ability tests and a personality questionnaire.These have been designed to help us to get to know you and where you might fit in here a little better.

  • Stage 3 Telephone Interview

    If you’ve impressed us, you’ll be invited for a telephone interview. We’ll find out more about you, see what you know about the energy industry, and ask some competency 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

    We’ll make a decision as quickly as possible. If you’re successful, we’ll send you an offer letter confirming everything. If you’re unsuccessful, we will be able to provide feedback on your performance to help with your development.