Addressing Black Representation in Energy
At Octopus Energy, we’re on a mission to drive the global renewable revolution and make green energy affordable for all. In order to succeed, we need to build a team that represents everyone in our society. Studies show that less than 5% of the energy sector is made up of black professionals. In an effort to further the advancement of black people in the energy world, we have created an internship programme that is only open to candidates who identify with any Black, African or Caribbean background. This internship is a key part of our journey to ensure greater diversity and inclusivity across our business and industry.
This is our second year running the internship programme after a hugely successful first iteration. You can hear from our past interns and find out a bit more about last year’s internship on our blog.
Who we are
We are an international energy supply company who put customers at the heart of everything we do. We empower our people to give outrageously good customer service, and fight to make energy fairer, more affordable, and more accessible for all.
We’re on a mission to halt the climate emergency by unlocking a smart, 100% green grid. We are using technology to transform the energy system; making electricity green and affordable, creating one-of-a-kind energy innovations. Our aim is to have 100 million customers, across the globe, on the Kraken Platform by the year 2030.
What you’ll do
You’ll learn about the fundamental architecture of Kraken, the software platform that drives Octopus Energy, and work towards deploying changes to our live production instances. You will learn key skills and techniques (e.g. git, testing and SQL) that are required to be a great backend developer, and eventually work as a team to deliver a new feature in Kraken. This is a chance for you to make a real impact on the experience of our customers and Kraken users.
What you’ll have
We’re looking for someone with a general interest in technology and problem-solving; someone diligent and thoughtful. You do not necessarily need any formal education in programming or computer science but you should be able to demonstrate a reasonable level of ability and interest. We’re looking for applicants with a basic competency in Python or a similar programming language. It would be a bonus, but not a requirement, to have experience with the following (in rough priority order):
-> Django (or equiv. web framework)
-> Databases and domain modelling
-> An understanding of HTTP
Above all, we’re looking for someone who thrives on providing alternative opinions, challenging those around them and being challenged. If this sounds like you and you have a genuine passion for what we are doing then we’d love to hear from you!
*** IMPORTANT – HOW TO APPLY ***
After clicking ‘APPLY FOR THIS JOB’, you will be taken to an application form where you will be prompted to ‘Attach Resume/CV’. Please do not upload a CV. Instead, you should upload a cover letter made up of no more than 400 words. Here are some ideas of what we’d like to know:
-> Why do you think you are suitable for this internship at Octopus Energy?
-> What interests you about a career in programming?
-> Any past experiences with programming (this may be personal or academic)?
-> A little bit about yourself!
If your application is successful you will be asked to complete a short programming exercise, at home, in Python. We will then schedule a 30-minute video call to discuss the exercise, to find out more about you and talk about the internship.