PowerPaired Intern Role Description

At Forum for the Future we work in partnership with business, governments and civil society to accelerate the shift toward a sustainable future.

An opportunity has arisen for an intern to support a unique and exciting project called PowerPaired, a new simple-to-use online platform, which aims to make it much easier for community groups to find sites where they can develop their own renewable energy projects. These might range from a school that can offer its roof for solar panels to a farmer who has space on his land for wind turbines.

By helping communities generate their own energy, PowerPaired is set to accelerate the renewables revolution and put power back into communities’ hands.


Internship Summary

We're looking for an organised and enthusiastic intern for our small but busy PowerPaired team. You should be able to demonstrate good organisational skills and have an interest in sustainable development. A particular interest in renewable energy and / or communities would be a plus, as would be communications experience.

The role involves research, administrative work and helping us to recruit suitable ‘asset owners’ who may be able to offer their properties or land to community energy groups through a variety of communications channels.

Tasks may include:

  • Assisting with research on suitable asset owners and outreach efforts
  • Supporting on website administration, including liaising with our website developers from time to time
  • Supporting on communications - ie social media, blog writing, newsletters, webinars, media relations  
  • From time to time, we may ask you to help on other projects related to renewable energy

Benefits of an internship at Forum for the Future

You will build up knowledge and experience in sustainable development through the planned work as well as have opportunities to attend some expert-led seminars and weekly learning slots run by Forum. You would have access to Forum for the Future resources and expertise. The role will help develop communications, administrative and research skills.

Person Specification

The successful candidate is likely to have:

  • Excellent communication skills in written English
  • An interest in a sustainable future and Forum’s work, and commitment to Forum's values
  • Good social media, research and administrative skills
  • A confident approach
  • Well organised, able to prioritise work, meet deadlines and have good attention to detail
  • Discreet and able to maintain confidentiality
  • Self-motivated
  • Able to work in a team environment and respond to instructions

The time commitment is around three days a week for three months.  Lunch expenses up to £5 a day and travel costs from within London (zones 1-6) will be reimbursed.

The internship is expected to last 3 months, with the possibility of extension.

Application Process

To apply for this role, please send your up-to-date CV and a covering letter to [email protected].

In your covering letter, you should clearly explain your motivation for applying for the post and provide specific evidence demonstrating how you meet the required capabilities as detailed in the job description. We will not consider applications without covering letters tailored to this opportunity. This information will be used to decide whether or not to invite you for interview. Your covering letter should be no longer than two A4 pages. Please clearly indicate your availability for interviews in your supporting statement.

We kindly ask you not to attach or insert your photograph in your CV or covering letter, nor put your name or surname anywhere in the covering letter. As part of our commitment to equal opportunities, we have introduced ‘name blind’ recruitment, to help reduce unconscious bias when screening applications. It means your name and contact details can’t be seen by our recruiting team when they screen your application. By removing these details from the application, it helps our recruiting team to evaluate people on their skills and experience instead of factors that can lead to unconsciously biased decisions.

Closing date: 23:59, 23rd June 2019

Please note we are unable to respond to all applications. If you have not heard from us within the three weeks of the closing date, please assume we are not taking your application further.

Once you have completed this application, we kindly ask you to also complete our Equal Opportunities form.