Type dienstverband:
Internship and graduation project
Den Haag
Uren per week:
Fulltime – 40

Internship | Risk and Innovation Dynamics in Value Chains for Energy Storage

About this position

The energy transition requires the formation of new value chains for, among others, energy storage. A significant challenge in the formation of new value chains is the accurate assessment of risks. Previous TNO research has shown that it is difficult for individual investors to assess risk in other parts of the value chain. As a result, risk may be overestimated. In addition, the same risks are managed multiple times, in different parts of the value chain, leading to unnecessarily high costs which can impede the energy transition. This internship will develop a framework for assessing and managing risk in value chains, taking energy storage as a case study.

What will be your role?

Through comprehensive literature reviews and interviews with experts and stakeholders you will develop a framework for assessing risk and risk management strategies in value chains, which can be broadly applied within TNO. You will develop and test your framework in the context of value chains for energy storage, allowing you to provide advice on comment on how investments in innovative technologies can be balanced with their corresponding uncertainties of return, ultimately facilitating the transition to more sustainable energy practices. You will communicate the results of your research to colleagues and external stakeholders through presentations and written work. Depending on your university's criteria, this project may be conducted in conjunction with your master’s thesis.

What we expect from you

You are master's student with a background in Economics, Business Analysis, or a related field, with a strong drive to perform research that has impact in society. You take initiative and have a high degree of self-organisation, but are also a team player who enjoys working collaboratively with a colleagues from a wide range of disciplines. Proficiency in strategic risk management and an understanding of dynamics within the energy sector are essential. Experience with (qualitative) data analysis tools and techniques is advantageous. Excellent communication skills in Dutch and English are required, especially for presenting findings and writing detailed reports.

What you'll get in return

You want an internship opportunity 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 work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Furthermore, we provide:

  • A highly professional, innovative internship environment, within a team of top experts.
  • A suitable internship allowance (615 euro for wo- and hbo-students, 390 euro for mbo-students, for a full-time internship).
  • Possibility of eight hours of free leave per internship month (for a full-time internship).
  • A free membership of Jong TNO, where you can meet other TNO professionals and join several activities, such as sports activities, (work-related) courses or the yearly ski-trip.
  • Use of a laptop.
  • An allowance for travel expenses in case you don’t receive an OV-card.

TNO as an employer

At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.

At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.

The selection process

After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.

Important to be aware of before applying:

  • Before the start of the internship, the internship agreement from TNO needs to be signed. For students at a college or university based in the Netherlands, TNO uses the UNL-template (supplemented with a number of specific agreements from TNO). For students of foreign and MBO educational institutions, the TNO internship agreement applies. TNO does not sign any other internship agreements.
  • Before the start of the internship, the educational institution will need to confirm in writing that:
    • 1) you are enrolled at the educational institution during the internship, and;
    • 2) the internship takes place as part of the programme of the study.
  • The confirmation of educational institution takes place by signing the UNL template or forms prepared by TNO.
  • Interns at TNO must be in possession of a Dutch residential address at the start of the internship. Performance of internship activities from abroad is not possible.

Has this job opening sparked your interest?

Then we’d like to hear from you! Please contact us for more information about the job or the selection process. To apply, please upload your CV and covering letter using the ‘apply now’ button.