Renewable energy
internship, Philippines

The Asia New Zealand Foundation invites final year undergraduate and postgraduate students majoring in civil, electrical or mechanical engineering with an interest in renewable energy to apply for an internship in the Philippines with Alternergy, over the 2019/2020 summer.

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.

The 2019 application round has now closed. Check this page in early 2020 for information on the next round.

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 January 2020 and March 2020.

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 two years of tertiary study by November 2019
  • 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)
  • contribute $500 to their living costs while offshore
  • contribute a 600-word article while offshore about their internship experience with photographs for the Foundation’s website
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return from the Philippines.

Read the full terms and conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation grantees

How to apply

The 2019 application round has now closed. Check this page in early 2020 for information on the next round.


For more information phone 09 369 5014.