Consulting Internship (Energy & Agriculture)

We are looking for a motivated and energetic individual with an interest in gaining experience in the international development consultancy sector. Are you looking for that first step into your career as a development consultant? Do you have an interest in Energy that supports improved agricultural production and agri-businesses to improve the lives of people living in rural areas? Do you have the energy and drive to provide our team with the support they need to write competitive high quality bids and deliver effective high impact technical consultancy projects?  Are you self-driven and passionate about making a real difference? If so this role could be for you.

About the role

Practical Action Consulting (PAC) is the consulting arm of the Practical Action Group. The Practical Action Group has consulting offices in the UK, Senegal, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Kenya and Peru – each managed separately, but working in collaboration.

This is an exciting entry-level opportunity in the PAC International Team. The team is led from the UK but delivers work internationally and collaborates with colleagues in other PAC offices. PAC International is a small, dynamic team of highly skilled consultancy professionals working in the energy, agriculture and resilience/disaster risk reduction sectors.

This role would be the ideal opportunity for a recent graduate to gain experience and participate in a broad range of business practices and project activities within an international development consultancy business.

As an Energy & Agriculture Intern you will support the technical teams (particularly agriculture and energy teams) in winning new consultancy work, building your knowledge and skills in business development. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your skills in project delivery, providing support and gaining knowledge from our highly skilled project managers and technical specialists within the Energy and Agriculture.

This role offers you the opportunity to shape and grow your career within the development sector, learning from a diverse group of global industry experts.

Why join us?

Our brand new open plan offices are located in the centre of Rugby and near to Rugby train station but we also offer free parking.

In addition, we offer the following benefits:

  • Full time roles are contracted at 35 hours per week.
  • Most staff in the UK are currently working from home due to coronavirus and we expect to it be this way for the next few months. It is however our normal practice to operate an agile working policy, where flexible working hours are enabled as well as remote working (2 days per week depending on the role).
  • 26 days holiday rising with continuous service, in addition to public holidays
  • Pension scheme – employer contributes 10.5% of salary and the employee contributes 5%.
  • Enhanced family friendly policies, including maternity, adoption, paternity and shared parental leave.
  • Life assurance (3 x annual salary).
  • Bike to Work scheme.

About us

We are an international development organisation putting ingenious ideas to work so people in poverty can change their world.

We help people find solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Challenges made worse by catastrophic climate change and persistent gender inequality. We work with communities to develop ingenious, lasting and locally owned solutions for agriculture, water and waste management, climate resilience and clean energy. And we share what works with others, so answers that start small can grow big.

We’re a global change-making group. The group consists of a UK registered charity with community projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America, an independent development publishing company and a technical consulting service. We combine these specialisms to multiply our impact and help shape a world that works better for everyone.

Additional information

We treat all applications for employment on their merits and do not take into consideration any factors that are not relevant to the job such as disability, race, age, religion, gender, gender reassignment or sexual orientation.

Practical Action are committed to safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults and as such candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, including criminal checks and terrorist financing.

Please note that should we recruit a suitable candidate before the closing date, we will close applications earlier than the specified date.

The successful applicant must have the pre-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

How to Apply

If you want to work for a charity with significant people ambitions, then please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to

Please refer to the full recruitment pack.

 Closing date for applications: 27th June 2021

Tentative interview dates: week commencing 5th July 2021

The interview will happen remotely in 2 stages:

  • Short informal discussion with one or two panel members to discuss immediate questions arising from CV and covering letter
  • Shortlisted candidates from the above stage will proceed to a full panel interview.