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Renewable Energy & Engineering in Australia | Sydney, Australia

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Join Australia’s leading commercial sustainable solar panel installation provider for a comprehensive and structured environmental engineering internship. Students will enhance their industry skills and gain invaluable experience under the supervision of professionals at an award-winning member of the Clean Energy Council.

Interns may choose from a 12 or 24-week program, working 4-5 days per week in Sydney. This is a competitive internship with limited placements and interns are encouraged to apply early.

Internship Start Dates:

  • Flexible start dates each term.

Duration of Internship:

  • 12 or 24 weeks

The host company is Australia’s leading commercial sustainable solar panel installation provider. In addition to installing solar systems for many high profile clients, the company has won the prestigious Clean Energy Council Award for design and installation on multiple occasions. The company has over ten years of experience share their knowledge and expertise with young engineers looking for practical hands-on experience. IE3 Global collaborates with Internships Down Under (IDU) to provide this internship opportunity.

This unique training initiative is designed to enhance the participant’s industry skills and experience, grow their industry network, and help launch the careers of participants. This internship is ideal for students with experience in any field of engineering (civil, mechanical, electrical, design, or building/architectural).

Student may intern for 12 weeks (intermediate program) or 24 weeks (advanced program) and for 4 or 5 days per week, depending on academic requirements.

All internships will include:

  • A comprehensive orientation to the company and primary contacts, as well as a review of internship objectives
  • Corporate and Location-Specific Trainings (i.e. company processes and tools, solar and electrical engineering software, solar project management, and fundamentals of photovoltaics and grid connection).
  • Experiential learning related to solar inverter configuration and sales designs
  • A site visit to a solar installation
  • And more specific opportunities related to participant interest

Advanced Program internships (two terms/24 weeks), will include, in addition to the above:

  • Experiential learning related to design and development of a solar system from beginning (sales) to end (commissioning)
  • Advanced training for electrical and structural calculations, solar mount design, and protection solutions (DC and AC switchgear, grid) for solar systems
  • Practice with energy analysis (building consumption and solar generation)
  • Support of logistics department (orders and deliveries) and accounting department/project managers with invoice administration
  • Site visit to a solar installation under construction
  • And more specific opportunities related to participant interest

Academic Background:

  • Interns with a background and experience in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply.
    • Photovoltaic engineering
    • Renewable energy
    • Sustainable development
    • Technical engineering
    • Engineering design
    • Solar power

Skills / Experience:

  • Interns are expected to demonstrate responsibility, professional motivation, flexibility, and effective communication skills.

Language Requirements:

  • English is the language of communication. Interns must be capable of written and spoken communication at a near-native level in professional settings.

Other Requirements:

  • Visa Requirements
    • Interns must be eligible for the Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462) or Working Holiday visa (subclass 417). For more information, visit the Australian Department of Immigration website. Applicants are expected to complete an preliminary review of visa requirements to ensure their eligibility before submitting their application.

Estimated One-Time Expenses

  • IE3Global Program Fee: $3,450
  • Host Site Fees (see details below): $650*
  • Mandatory Liability Insurance: Approximately $1/day*
  • International Travel: $1,500
  • Recommended Immunizations: $400
  • Visa fees: $350* (Working Holiday Visa)

Estimated Monthly Expenses

  • Housing
    • Independent: $1,100 - $1,400
    • IDU Housing: $700 – $900*
  • Food: $550
  • Local Transportation: $75-$150
    • The host company will reimburse transportation expenses (to/from work) up to $50 AUD per week (receipt required for processing).
  • Utilities, Phone, Internet: $175

*Fee amounts are calculated with an exchange rate from Australian dollars at the time of posting.

Host Site Fee Details

The host site fee from IDU includes:

  • Personalized internship placement
  • Welcome package
  • Monthly training journal
  • Regular social meetings (in Sydney) &  e-newsletter
  • Emergency support

IDU can also arrange airport pickups, mobile SIM cards, weekend tours, and language courses at additional cost to interns.

The internship is unpaid but weekly travel costs to and from the office will be covered, up to the value of $50AUD per week (upon presentation of receipt).

Internships Down Under can arrange furnished student accommodations or homestays (where available) for interns. Interns may choose to use IDU Housing for part or all of the internship. Staying with a host family can be a great way to familiarize oneself with the city while looking for alternate housing for the remainder of the term. Visit the IDU website for pictures of sample furnished housing.

Independent Housing

Interns may arrange their own housing if they do not choose IDU housing.

While this specific placement is new for IE3 Global participants, you can review previous IDU interns’ experiences here.


Fall | Winter | Spring | Summer

Application Deadline

Summer: January 25
Fall: April 15
Winter: September 1
Spring: November 15

Basic Requirements

- Technical understanding and/or engineering or design background
- Experience in sustainable energy or solar power is preferred
- Must be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa