Category: Career Opportunities, Internships & Volunteering

Academic Partnerships Internship (applications close: 10 March 2024)

SSE has big ambitions to be a leading energy company in a low carbon world. Following our commitment to invest £20.5 billion in low carbon projects to 2027, we have significant growth plans and are well on our way to achieving our ambition to build a world that’s more sustainable and inclusive for you, your family, the community you live in and for generations to come.

Join us on our journey to net zero and help us power change.

There is an exciting new opportunity for postgraduate students to join SSE’s Group Corporate Affairs team. The primary purpose of the role is to support the Group Academic Partnerships (GAP) function which is part of the Group Policy and Advocacy Team. The team spans public affairs, strategic policy, and academic partnerships.

Base Location: London (Victoria Plaza)

Salary: London Living Wage (10 hours per week with an option to increase to full-time), £25,300 pro rata plus SSE benefits.

Working Pattern: Fixed Term Contract (8 months) | Part Time | Flexible First options available.

The duration of the position will be April-December 2024, with the option to extend. For taught students, to allow you to complete your masters dissertation, the initial period until 30th September will be 10 hours per week split across two days in the office. The period between 1st October and 31st December will be full time (37 hours per week), with the expectation of 2-3 days in the office. For research students, the transition from 10 to 37 hours is flexible depending on your programme. During the last months of your placement, you will be given time to work on projects of relevance to your career development so that you’ll be well placed to apply for available opportunities with SSE following your placement.

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Science Engagement Internships at the Royal Institution (deadline: 04 March 2024)

Join the Royal Institution (Ri) for a 3-month PhD internship to gain experience of science communication and engagement

There are 3 different 3-month opportunities between May and December 2024

  • Public Programme Evaluation Intern (x1 placement)
  • Programme Curation & Content Research Intern (x1 placement)
  • Digital Media Intern ( x1 placement)

This opportunity is open to PhD students who are eligible to undertake an internship as part of their studentship and receive a stipend from their Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in order to do so. Please check your eligibility with your university placements officer or DTP to ensure funding is available before applying for this internship.

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Deadline for applications: Monday 4 March 2024


PhD Internships – Scoping the carbon footprint of software (deadline: 21 Feb 2024)

PhD Internships – Scoping the carbon footprint of software

We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic PhD student with an interest in sustainability who would like to help Imperial College in our journey towards Net Zero, while deploying your analytical skills to help us investigate our carbon footprint and ways to reduce it. Experience with statistical and coding software is essential, for example Python and Django.

This position involves working with both academic and operational teams at Imperial College to understand the environmental impact of our procurement and supply chain. This is an ongoing challenge across the sector, which is why Imperial College has partnered with the University of Edinburgh to begin to tackle the impact of our software and ICT equipment.


To understand and improve Imperial’s carbon reporting and analysis by:

  • Working out how much of our software energy usage and carbon footprint is on site (Scope 2 carbon emissions) versus off site (Scope 3 carbon emissions)
  • Estimating the scope 2 emissions of running software internally.
  • Analysing the carbon emissions factors of software in our scope 3 emissions and improving the methodology where needed.

Outside of the Software Collaboration

  • Capture and Analyse PC and Mac (desktop and laptop) power usage in certain power scenarios (for example, using a laptop on battery vs. trickle charge), using a sample of software run by Imperial.
  • Review the device lifecycle and review the overall footprint per device, including manufacture, procurement, usage and disposal.

Further information can be found on the job specification here.


  • An estimate of the College’s carbon emissions because of internally-run software, and what/who the highest emitters are.
  • An improved methodology and emissions factors for carbon emissions because of externally-run software, and what/who the highest emitters are.
  • Recommendations on actions that can be taken to reduce emissions because of both internal and externally run software.
  • Working with ICT and Sustainability Hub colleagues to recommend further work to reduce carbon emissions, whether through internal behavioural change or external engagement with suppliers.

Outside of the Software Collaboration

  • Based on hardware power data, recommend best practices for device usage such as software scheduling, migrate to cloud etc
  • Create a live usage dashboard across the device estate so power usage can be monitored live and historically – likely using current ICT tools such as Splunk.
  • Report on the device lifecycle and its carbon impact, contributing to organisational behaviour change.


What are Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions?

  • Scope 1: Direct emissions that are owned/controlled by the company, such as the burning of natural gas in our CHP unit or burning fuel in our vehicles.
  • Scope 2: Indirect emissions as a result of energy we purchase. This includes all the energy used to run our ICT equipment on site.
  • Scope 3: Indirect emissions upstream and downstream, caused by our supply chain. This includes all the equipment we procure, as well as the software we purchase.

Imperial’s Scope 3 reporting is currently based largely using a standard sector-wide spreadsheet which calculates emissions based off spend data by category. As part of the Sustainable Imperial programme, we want to further interrogate our Scope 3 data to determine where we can improve our data quality and reduce our footprint. Currently, this methodology indicates that ICT spend makes up 30% of our emissions from the Procurement & Supply Chain for 22-23, making it the highest emitting sector within procurement. This is hypothesised to be a result of the generic emissions factor applied to software spend being for computer gaming.

This project aims to work alongside the University of Edinburgh to determine if this methodology is providing an accurate estimate of emissions from ICT software and equipment within scope 3. There is further scope to explore the scope 2 emissions resulting from ICT equipment and software ran internally.

How to Apply

This role will be funded by the ICT budget and work with Neil Hanham, the ICT sustainability lead. A similar project is underway at Edinburgh University under Sion Pickering in their Procurement Team, which will provide the opportunity for collaboration and looking at two contrasting datasets. You will also work closely with the procurement team (Andy Hitchman); estates data team (Colin Nye); and the Sustainability Strategy Director (Harriet Wallace). It will be a 3-month posting at up to 20 hours per week in the first instance, with the potential to extend by mutual agreement.

If you are interested, please contact Neil Hanham,, and Harriet Wallace,, by midnight on February 21st with a CV an up to 1 page expression of interest. You will need proof of permission to work in the UK to take up the role – the 20 hours per week is compatible with a student visa. Please use the subject Sustainability Intern to help with e-mail filtering.

Turing Internship Network 2024 (deadline: 20 February 2024)

Now recruiting for the eighth time since launching in 2020, The Turing Internship Network offers doctoral students currently enrolled in a PhD at a university in the UK or Ireland the opportunity to undertake exciting and unique three to twelve-month placements at one of the Turing’s partners, with an indicative start date of May 2024.

In this new recruitment round, there are 7 paid internship opportunities in areas of research spanning from digital twins for clinical trials, data science applied to the education sector, and large language models for justice reports. We are offering opportunities at Accenture, Ministry of Justice and the educational technology start-up Everybody Counts.

Find out more about the internships, the eligibility and how to apply, or contact

The deadline for applications is 11:00 on Tuesday 20 February.

Volunteer as a Tutor with The Access Project

The Access Project is looking for volunteers to support disadvantaged young people aged 14-18 for 1 hour a week with their academic studies, through our easy-to-use dedicated online platform.

  • Support a young person in a school subject to achieve the GCSE / A level grades they deserve and to fulfill their potential
  • Inspire, motivate and raise aspirations towards further education & the world of work
  • Students supported by The Access Project typically achieve a grade higher at GCSE and are four times more likely than their peers to progress to a top-third ranked university.

No prior experience necessary, full training included over autumn with start dates throughout the autumn term.

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