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Thermal Engineering and Commercial Internships

Perth & Kinross, Perth, Scotland / Glasgow, Scotland / Reading, Berkshire, England
Up to £24422 per annum
Closing date
10 Mar 2024

Job Details

Duration: 12 months commencing Summer 2024

Location: Glasgow, Perth, Leeds, Reading or Medway

Salary: circa £24,422

What is the role?

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 couldnt 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 commercial team. 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.

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.

Business Development & Commercial: Low Carbon Power Team x 1 role - Hydrogen Market Development Team x 1 role

Locations: Glasgow, Perth, Reading or Leeds

A mixture of strategy, business, and project development. You will work either in the Low Carbon Power Team or in the Hydrogen market development 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: Location: Leeds. Degree disciplines: Engineering

You will support the design development activities of hydrogen thermal projects. 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 teams 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 and Project development: Location - Leeds

Interns at the Low Carbon Technology and Project team will be involved in low carbon technologies assessments which include carbon capture, energy storage and biofuel for power generation as well exposure to project development utilising these technologies. Interns will have opportunities to attend conferences, meet technology suppliers and work with SSE business and design team to develop projects within SSE Thermal.

What do I need?

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 2nd 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.

What's in it for you?

An excellent package with 34 days holiday entitlement, pro rata, discounted gym membership see further details on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We actively encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments required during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE to find out more.

Next Steps

All applications should be submitted online by 11pm on Sunday, 10th March 2024.

If you would like to discuss any working differently requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact us by email or you are very welcome to request a call if you would prefer to discuss on the phone.

Before commencing employment with SSE, youll be required to fully complete our pre-employment screening process consisting of a basic criminal records and credit check.

Please note that SSE are unable to sponsor any candidates for our apprentice, trainee engineer and summer placement opportunities as these roles would not meet the Home Office eligibility criteria for sponsorship.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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