Renewable energy
internship, Philippines

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites final year undergraduate students majoring in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering with an interest in renewable energy to apply for an internship in the Philippines with Alternergy.

About Alternergy

The Philippines is a place of abundant natural resources and unique biodiversity. It’s also one of the countries that is most susceptible to climate change.

Developing projects across the country, Alternergy focuses on helping the Philippines achieve its renewable energy potential through the development of wind, solar, and run-of-river hydro power projects.

Alternergy has a “quadruple bottom line philosophy” prioritizing profitability, carbon reduction, host community benefits, and employee fulfillment.

Applications open mid-June 2024

About the internship

The successful intern will be placed in the Alternergy office in central Manila. They will join a team engaged in activities ranging from renewable energy research and technical assessment to understanding the economics of the energy sector in the Philippines.

The successful candidate will be given a specific project or meaningful work to do. A mentoring supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development and overall welfare.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to:

  • assist in the planning and implementation of new renewable energy sites and projects
  • conduct market research on developments relevant to the company’s work
  • assist on onsite/offsite activities/events

The internship will take place over three months between November 2023 and March 2024.

What's covered

The Asia New Zealand Foundation will cover the cost of:

  • return airfares to Manila
  • accommodation
  • visas
  • travel insurance
  • a modest stipend to cover living expenses.

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards their living expenses. Alternergy will assist with identifying suitable accommodation to ensure the intern lives appropriately during their internship.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and Alternergy will jointly deliver pastoral care and introduce the intern to public and private sector networks in the Philippines.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
  •  in good health
  • due to complete at least four years of tertiary study by November 2023
  • adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • willing to experience a Filipino working environment and renewable energy sector.

Ideal candidates will have an interest in the national culture of the Philippines, be interested in pursuing a career involving Southeast Asia and aspire to develop their capacity for working in cross-cultural environments.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Foundation interns are expected to provide two reports (web article and final report) on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

Interns are expected to write a 600-word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

How to apply

Information on how to apply will be made available when the internship opens in mid-June 2024

Key dates

Key dates information will be made available in mid-June when applications open for this internship


If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page and if your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde.