• Role type
  • Fixed Term Contract, Internship, Student placement

  • Location/s
  • London, Bristol, Glasgow

  • Closing Date
  • 31/05/2023

Job Description

Ricardo UK Ltd. Logo


Role: Internship

Location: UK, Bristol, Glasgow, London

Role ID: 2023-1809


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


Energy & Environment, one of Ricardo plc’s five operating business units, is a leader in sustainability consultancy, solving complex environmental challenges through industry-leading analysis, advice and data. With more than 40 years of heritage in addressing air quality, environmental and sustainability issues, our customers value us for our deep understanding and breadth of services covering the entire value chain from evidence, policy & strategy to implementation.


We are currently looking for a limited number of interns for Autumn 2023. This is a great opportunity for students to work within the Ricardo Energy and Environment team for up to 12 weeks and explore a range of consultancy tasks. We are seeking a student who is undertaking a science, engineering or environmental degree. This role will provide the perfect first step into a consultancy career in the exciting and rapidly evolving field of environmental regulation.


Purpose of the role

As an intern, you will support the delivery of research, data analysis, stakeholder engagement and report writing, managing your time across several projects. You will be part of a global team, supporting senior colleagues in delivering a portfolio of high-profile projects to clients. Specific tasks are likely to include reviewing literature, gathering and analysing data, contributing to reports and presentations that are delivered to clients, and to proposals for new projects. The role will primarily focus on air quality, climate change and emissions inventories, with opportunities to collaborate with other areas such as ecology and agriculture. This involves understanding policies and technologies to control emissions of air pollutants arising from a wide range of sectors, as well as pollutant emissions to water and land from industry and large-scale agriculture. We assess the impacts of these pollutants on the environment, human health and economy. There may also be potential to support on other environmental topics.


Key Accountabilities

  • Support senior staff with data analysis, literature reviews and fieldwork as needed.
  • Manage your time related to the tasks you are asked to complete.
  • Work closely with your colleagues to understand your tasks and how they interrelate to overall programmes of work.
  • Be a team player.

Key competencies and experience

  • Bachelor's Degree (at least second-class degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or related field).

  • Appetite for working as part of a team and individually.

  • Effective report writing and numerical skills.

  • Strong computer literacy - especially in MS Excel and Word.

  • A strong interest in environment and sustainability topics.

  • Fluency in English is essential, other languages are desirable.

Skills and behaviours

  • Excellent team working.
  • Strong communication skills and a close attention to detail.
  • Enthusiastic, keen to learn and able to act quickly and flexibly across projects.
  • Good IT skills with commonly used software, e.g. Microsoft Office, internet, email.
  • Self-organized.


  • Master's degree (can be ongoing) in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, or related field.
  • GIS skills.
  • Second language.

Working here


Ricardo is an exciting and rewarding place to work and you have the opportunity to make a difference. You will work with teams of talented, dedicated, and supportive individuals. Alongside having 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. We are always keen to hear from people who have driven, ambition and a flair for innovative thinking.


Wellbeing and work life balance


We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that's working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential. 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.


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion statement


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and ensure a culture of inclusivity, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next Steps


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.