Internship | The societal impact and financing of the Energy Transition



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

You will work together with consultants and project managers, ECN part of TNO, on analysis, studies and other activities in a range of projects relating to societal aspects of the energy transition, including financing of the energy transition. You work will include: •Desk studies on financing aspects of the energy transition in the Netherlands, and Europe including analysing and summarising publications, studies, data etc. about financing aspects of the energy transition;
  • Desk studies on quantifiable measurements of public acceptance. This can contain studies or examples of the influence of resistance on (non) sustainable energy projects, ranging from Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS), Onshore wind farms, Solar fields or nuclear power plants;
  • Development of questionnaires/surveys to gather insights from various types of financiers (commercial banks, institutional investors, project developers, corporates, cooperatives) about their engagement and investment in the energy transition: identify challenges, opportunities, potential ways to scale up and accelerate their involvement (in the Netherlands), and the possible role public acceptance plays in the acceleration;
  • Developing case studies of examples in Europe and globally of different approaches that have been taken to trying to scale up and accelerate investment in the energy transition;
  • Assisting with the preparation of workshops and TNO participation in conferences.

What do we require of you?

  • Student studying in the last year of their Master degree of a Sustainable/Renewable Energy university study (preferably ‘Environment and Resource Management’ at the VU Amsterdam) or a related area;
  • Highly motivated student with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, hard-working, diligent;
  • Committed and passionate about the renewable energy sector and combatting climate change. Prior work experience in these topics would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in the financial services sector would be an advantage;
  • Knowledge or interest in social sciences, and in particular social acceptance and stakeholder engagement;
  • Excellent writing skills in English; knowledge of the Dutch language would be an advantage.

What can you expect of your work situation?

You will be part of the Energy Transition Studies team based in Amsterdam. You will be provided with a workspace at the TNO Amstredam location, where you will be supervised by one of ECN part of TNO’s senior staff who will be available to guide you throughout the internship on an ongoing, regular basis.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

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

Contact: Matthew Halstead
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 63009

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


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