Energy and Impact Internship

About the role

We are looking for a dynamic individual to support the Head of Energy to drive Practical Action’s strategy on Energy That Transforms and support our teams across the world to make it a reality. You will work closely with our teams to catalyse strategic activities across the organisation (and sector), to speed up progress on energy access amongst key public, private, and civil society players. You will provide research and coordination support around topics such as productive uses of energy (especially with a focus on agriculture and improving rural livelihoods), humanitarian energy, clean cooking, last mile distribution and to explore new potential areas of focus for the organisation. In addition, you will be the coordinator of the Energy Change Hub, which is the energy internal platform for sharing learning and developing innovation.

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

About you

We are looking for a passionate and committed individual, with strong research and communication skills, with a degree in a relevant subject and fluent in English (with knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic an asset). We are committed to supporting you on your professional journey and offer a vibrant team atmosphere with strong engagement across teams and offices.

Why join us?

The opportunity to work for an organisation that is making a positive difference to the lives of people worldwide, a friendly and supportive culture, working with values driven and highly engaged colleagues, work life balance and agile working – these are just some of the reasons we think Practical Action is a great place to work.
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.
  • 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.

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

To apply go to to view the full recruitment pack. Please submit a copy of your CV and a supporting statement that describes your suitability for the role to

Deadline for Applications: 30th June

Interview dates: first two weeks of July