Research and Policy Interns

Urgent action is required to deliver clean energy to limit the effects of climate change and meet people’s basic needs for clean water and affordable energy.

TheInternational Hydropower Association (IHA) is a non-profit international membership organisation, whose mission is to deliver renewable energy systems, fresh water management and climate change solutions by advancing sustainable hydropower. Our partners include research institutions, non-governmental organisations such as the IEA and IRENA, governments, financial institutions and development agencies.

We are recruiting two Research and Policy Interns until the end of November 2023, to start as soon as possible. As well as monitoring the sector and managing our global hydropower database, we cover a broad range of topics including climate change, markets & finance, freshwater management and zero carbon electricity systems.

The intern roles provide critical data research, technical and policy analysis support to theResearch and Policy Team at IHA.

We expect one intern to focus on broad hydropower policy issues and the second to support theXFLEX HYDRO project (, in particular in preparation of a set of policy recommendations towards industrial deployment of hydropower flexibility technologies.

Both interns will play a crucial role in the delivery of the World Hydropower Congress inBali (

IHA internships provide a tremendous opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the issues, organisations, and individuals across the world who are leading in the struggle against climate change. Our interns have gone onto a wide range of roles both within the IHA and with international businesses and organisations at the forefront of the energy transition.


Key tasks

  • Research data on hydropower projects and update IHA databases;
  • Research data on electricity markets;
  • Organise conference sessions, webinars and workshops;
  • Report on sector trends, challenges and opportunities, especially in respect of the global energy system and the energy transition;
  • SupportIHA’s knowledge networks and expert groups;
  • Monitor specialist media and report on hydropower developments;
  • Contribute articles for IHA’s website and publications; and
  • Assist in ensuring IHA membership growth and value of membership.

Essential skills and attributes

  • Masters-level education (this may be in policy, economics or similar studies, or a technical topic such as electrical, mechanical or civil engineering) or proven experience in a similar professional role;
  • Understanding of global energy, water and climate challenges;
  • Experience in analysing and communicating statistical information;
  • A strong team player, but able to work independently and perform under pressure; and
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills.

Desirable skills and attributes

Please note we do not expect applicants to have all of the desirable skills and attributes – if you are really interested in working with us, please do apply.

  • Previous experience in the international energy/water/climate sectors;
  • Specific hydropower knowledge/experience;
  • Knowledge of renewable energy policy and networks, for the XFLEX HYDRO role, specific knowledge on EU electricity markets would be an additional positive;
  • A good understanding of engineering, in particular with reference to electricity, water management or hydropower;
  • A general understanding of project finance and electricity markets and systems;
  • One or more foreign languages (especially Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish orPortuguese);
  • Knowledge and / or experience in a specific continent/ region;
  • Experience working with events, especially in managing content;
  • Project-management training and/ or experience; and
  • Database management experience.

If you have the appropriate skills and experience for this role, we would like to hear from you. Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining how your skills and attributes align with the role (applications without a cover letter will not be considered). These documents should be sent by email to:


We cannot always contact all applicants if there is a large volume of applications. If you do not hear from us within 20 days, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.


Remuneration: £23,500- £25,000 pa (pro-rata)

Full time, temporary contract (37.5hrs/week)– to run until Dec 2023.

Location: Canary Wharf, London (Hybrid) At least two days working in the office.

Closing date for applications: 9 April 2023 (note applications will be considered as we receive them so early application is recommended)

Start date: ASAP

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