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Internships - Economist

  • Role type
  • Temp, Work experience, Internship, Graduate

  • Location
  • Glasgow, London, Madrid, Manchester, Oxfordshire (Harwell)

  • Closing Date
  • 25/06/2021

Job Description

Role: Internship - Economist

Location: Initially homebased - then based in any of our UK offices (Harwell, London, Manchester or Glasgow) or our Madrid office

Salary: £10 per hour - zero hours contract

Ricardo Energy & Environment is a leading sustainability consultancy combining energy, climate change, environmental and chemical risk expertise with strong IT and economics capability. Operating across the world, we work in partnership with our customers to help transform the way they work, empowering business leaders with award winning consultancy advice. With unrivalled sector insight and a reputation for producing innovative solutions, we offer a stimulating and rewarding environment in which to work.

The Evidence & Policy (E&P) Business Unit is focussed on delivering consultancy-based projects and programmes for public sector and private sector clients in relation to gathering and analysing environmental evidence/data and helping to develop and assess public policy interventions all over the world on a wide range of topics including air quality, climate change, energy and transport.

We are offering a limited number of internships, with an economics focus, across our offices from summer 2021 onwards.


We are seeking an intelligent, self-motivated individual, either a graduate or currently at university, to join our E&P team for an internship. From day one, you’ll be part of a team supporting senior consultants in delivering high-profile projects. Our work is focused on technology-related analysis and strategic policy advice on a range of issues for government and private sector clients. The role will support a diverse range of areas including air quality and emissions, industrial transport and energy and climate change.

We welcome applications from graduates but preference will be given to those with relevant work experience in economics, environmental consultancy, government or academic research/think tanks.

The role can be based in any of our UK offices (Harwell, London, Manchester or Glasgow) and will be contracted on a zero hours basis.

Key accountabilities:

As an intern, you will assist with carrying out research and analysis that underpins our consultancy work. You will manage your time across several projects, contributing to research, data analysis, stakeholder engagement and report-writing. You will be responsible for the quality and delivery of your work and liaise with other experts and consultants to incorporate your contribution into wider project outputs.

Key competencies and experience


  • Educated to Master’s degree level:
  • Studies could be a combination of economics, engineering and science and/or environment with a significant focus on economics.


  • An understanding of European and/or international environmental policy issues, gained during studies or work experience
  • Experience in a consultancy or in a customer facing commercial setting.
  • Demonstrable experience in some of the following:
  • Policy cycle (ex-ante impact assessment of policies and regulations; policy development and implementation, ex post evaluation of policies and programmes)
  • Tools and methods: survey design and execution, market analysis, cost-benefit analysis; data-collection, validation and analysis; stakeholder consultation

Skills and behaviours

  • Team working skills
  • Problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • Accurate and attentive to detail
  • Excellent written and spoken English; fluency in other European languages will be an advantage.
  • Effective oral and written communication, including concise and precise report writing.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel experience, and basic presentation skills.

This is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with the opportunity to make a difference. What sets us apart is our People. You will work with an exceptional team of talented, dedicated and supportive individuals. You will have a fantastic opportunity to develop your career with us through our broad range of projects, mentoring opportunities and a personalised approach to your learning and development.

Our People are important to us and we take pride in our wellbeing programmes and policies that support individuals including flexible working, carers policy, mental health first aiders and readily available support through our extensive Employee Assistance programme.

Ricardo Energy & Environment has an ambitious diversity, equality and inclusion approach.

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.