Internship | Energy Transition in Industry

Would you like to contribute to the sustainable transition of the Dutch energy-intensive industry to zero emissions by 2050? In this internship, you play a key role on solving the challenges that the Netherlands faces to achieve its climate targets.



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will be your role?

MIDDEN stands for Manufacturing Industry Decarbonisation Data Exchange Network, a project developed and coordinated by TNO and PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency). MIDDEN is the knowledge exchange platform for the energy transition of the Dutch industry. It is used to facilitate system integration studies and the development of industry roadmaps in relation to decarbonisation. MIDDEN goes deeper than other knowledge sources, and is acknowledged as the shared source for industry, government, local authorities, technology suppliers and consultants. Dutch industries actively contribute to and benefit from MIDDEN.

For the MIDDEN project, PBL and TNO are teaming up with universities to create a robust knowledge base for implementing the Paris Agreement in the Dutch industry.

You will be intensively trained to analyse, derive and construct future decarbonisation pathways for specific industries on the plant level and/or investigate generic or cross-cutting decarbonisation pathways. You will directly consult, under guidance, companies and experts from TNO, PBL and universities on options for decarbonisation. Your scope will include process innovation, electrification, materials optimisation and circularity, carbon capture and utilisation, renewable energy and new energy infrastructures.

You will work in a team of MIDDEN students and researchers, but individually contribute to MIDDEN by examining at least two different industrial processes. You will cooperate and exchange experiences with other MIDDEN interns and share training and evaluation sessions. The fixed duration of the MIDDEN internship is six months.

After successful completion of the process analyses you will receive a certificate of ‘MIDDEN expert’ and two years of access to MIDDEN events.

How do you want to contribute to tomorrow's world? How big can your impact be? Come and work at TNO and envision it.

What we expect from you

We require a background in process technology, chemistry or physics and an eager interest to both dive into the specifics and keep overview to select the information that matters. Mastering the English language, and preferably also Dutch, communication skills and perseverance are required. The internship is suitable for a master thesis or master graduation research project, as it will have a strong research component.

The internship is open to masters students from:
  • Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Faculty of Geosciences
  • TU Delft, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
  • Radboud University, Faculty of Science
  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences
Other university master tracks can be considered on request.

What you’ll get in return

You want to work on the precursor of your career; an internship gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your internship and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable internship compensation. 

TNO as an employer

You will be based at PBL (The Hague) or TNO Energy Transition Studies (Amsterdam). Depending on the Covid-19 measures during the internship, working from home will be either mandatory or possible. The general internship remuneration and conditions of TNO and PBL apply to the internship. You will possibly have to sign a confidentiality agreement. The anticipated starting date for new internships is July/August 2021, but later starting dates can be considered upon request.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO. 

Contact: Silvana Gamboa Palacios
Phone number: +31615478308

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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