Industrial Placements and Internships

Industrial Placements

Get an invaluable insight into life at EDF Energy and what it’s like to work in the energy industry with a paid 12-month industrial placement. Working here, you’ll gain practical work experience relevant to your degree and professional skills that will set you up for after uni.

Nuclear Science and Engineering

We have all kinds of industrial placement opportunities for science, engineering, IT and business students keen to get an early insight into the wide range of careers within nuclear power generation.

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In a large and complex organisation like ours, opportunities in Commercial areas such as Digital, Data, Human Factors, Supply Chain, HR and Communications offer some very exciting placements. See if a career in these areas are right for you.

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Research & Development

Help us to prepare for future challenges, unlock opportunities for the business and build a brighter energy future for the UK through a career with our Research & Development centre. 

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Industrial Placements recruitment process

Our industrial placement recruitment process is rigorous and fair. A chance for us to find out whether your calling is to shape the future of energy – and if EDF Energy is the perfect home for your talents.

  • 1. Apply online
    Your journey starts by registering online and completing the application form. We’ll ask for key information such as qualifications and work experience and why you want to work here.
    2. Online situational strengths testing
    If you look like a good match for EDF Energy, we’ll ask you to complete an online situational strengths test. This assessment will give you the opportunity to show us your strengths and will give you an insight into the work our interns and industrial placements are involved in.
    On successful completion of the Online Situational Strengths test you will be asked to complete an Online Numerical Reasoning test.
  • 3. Telephone interview
    Get through the online stage and you’ll have the chance to tell us more about yourself during a short telephone interview. As well as giving more evidence of the skills and qualities we’re looking for, you’ll be able to show us you’ve given careful thought to your career choice.
    4. Interview
    The last stage is to meet us for an interview. We’ll see how well you approach tasks, deal with issues and work with others. You’ll also get to learn more about our culture, our people and our programmes, as well as having the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and capability.
  • 5. Offer
    Congratulations – you’ve made it through the interviews and we’d love for you to join our team. We’ll make you an offer very soon. If you accept, it’s the start of a very exciting career with EDF Energy.
    We’ll keep in touch throughout the summer to make sure you’ve got everything you need for the months ahead. 

Lee Manson’s experience, Industrial Placement

“I joined while studying to be an Electrical Design Engineer at university. It let me put theory into practice. I wouldn’t change it for anything else.”


An internship is an excellent opportunity to get an insight into life at EDF Energy. Whether you join us on a Science & Engineering internship or a Commercial internship, you’ll learn through hands-on experience and sound mentorship, giving you all the support and resources you need to get a taste for life in the energy industry. And, at the end of your placement, you’ll know if a place on one of our graduate programmes is something you would like to pursue.

To apply, you should be working towards a degree in a relevant subject to the business area. You’ll also have strong communication skills, an eagerness to learn and the ability to work well as part of a team.

Scroll through our internship opportunities below to discover more about our Commercial and Engineering & Science schemes.

  • Commercial Internships

    Within our commercial internships you could be supporting large-scale business projects within our transformation teams, analysing figures coming out of the business to help us understand our costs or prices or working with our HR Teams to attract, reward and retain the very best people.

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  • Engineering and Science Internships

    At one of our power stations or offices in East Kilbride or Gloucester, you could expect to take on a junior hands-on role: perhaps developing your fault-finding skills; project-managing minor projects; supporting safety at work; examining feasibility cases to extend stations’ lifetimes or carrying out maintenance and installing new equipment. Because our power stations are often big local employers, you’ll find there’s a real sense of pride and a close community in each one. 

Internship recruitment process

Once applications have closed, we will consider applicants for our available internships before inviting you for a face-to-face interview if we think you could benefit from being part of our team..

Kiaya Pandya's experience, Blue Lab intern

EDF Energy offers an exciting insight into the energy sector, from generation through wholesale markets to customer service. As someone who aims to find a career in renewable energy, this broad overview, and variety of experience, has allowed me to grow my understanding of this diverse environment. My role involves researching, planning, developing and trailing new projects with the aim of rolling out the solutions we develop to the wider business. I have built a Facebook chat bot and am developing structures for a potential future app. I have been encouraged me to meet as many people, in as many different disciplines as possible, to help me gain a deeper, holistic view of the organisation. I have been sent to various offices and sites to talk with professionals in roles I am aiming towards. It was brilliant to get such an in-depth and personal insight into the world of offshore generation and R&D.