Innovation Intern - Summer Placement (Jul-Sep)

  • Job Reference: 18964
  • Date Posted: 13 May 2022
  • Employer: United Utilities
  • Location: Warrington, Cheshire
  • Salary: £20,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: pro-rata based on duration
  • Sector: Engineering & Technical, Science & Technology, Health, Safety, Environment & Quality
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Innovation Intern - Summer Placement

 Location: Warrington, UK

Duration: 3 months 

Salary: £20,000 per annum (pro-rata based on duration)

Working Hours: 37.00 per week

Stat Date: July 2022


Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities, we’re not only essential service providers to over 7 million customers across the region but we’re also at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest climate and environmental challenges in a generation. All our people are essential in achieving our net zero targets and creating a more resilient North West.


It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on.  Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen.


We have been awarded with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020.  We were ranked #19 company in the UK, based solely on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites.


You will be joining the United Utilities family of over 5,000 employees who all help to provide great service for our 7 million customers.


Role Overview

In the Environment, Planning and Innovation department you will join our Innovation team, a forward-thinking team working to find, trial and mature innovative and resilient solutions and technologies to support our everyday operational activities as well as how to mitigate and adapt to the challenges of climate change.

In this role you will support in the everyday running of the innovation team, notably in maturing UUs understanding of low carbon solutions. Job accountabilities will include supporting with:

  • Helping more UU employees to understand the potential of innovative solutions in water and wastewater treatment – creating and presenting material
  • Supporting our innovative Lab programme – helping to get more ideas adopted to help the environment and our customers
  • Supporting a number of key innovation projects related to low carbon, nature-based solutions – project administration and co-ordination
  • Leading on the day to day running of a new innovation research site – dedicated to low carbon solutions
  • General support to a busy Innovation Team

Don't worry, we won't throw you in at the deep end. You'll have mentors and managers with you as you progress through your placement and support you as you work towards your personal development goals.


What we are looking for

  • You will be aiming for a minimum of a 2:1 in an environmentally focussed degree such as Geography, Environmental Science, Natural Sciences and a student in your penultimate year at university.
  • You must have a strong and well-developed understanding of the topic area, including knowledge of the water cycle, with a basic understanding of water collection, storage and treatment process.
  • You should possess excellent written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate with a variety of stakeholders, including being able to creatively use a range of media and presentation skills for qualitative and quantitative information in a means that can be understood by all. You must be confident presenting in person to small groups.
  • You must be motivated and enthusiastic, understand the importance of team work and possess ambition and drive to succeed and make the most out of you 10 week internship.
  • You should be able to be comfortable working flexibly across a range of tasks and activities to deadlines, be able to prioritise your time and be proficient with Microsoft Office applications.



If you want to join an FTSE 100 company that wants to disrupt the water industry and you want to make a positive change in the world we would like to hear from you.

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants.

Due to the length of your programme you will be engaged via our resourcing partner Rullion.


Internship Duration

3 months


How to apply

All roles will be advertised on our United Utilities Career's Page. Roles will be advertised on selected University portals to encourage applications. All applications will need to be completed online through the United Utilities Careers Page.

We need fantastic people to enable us to deliver a great service to the public. We are committed to reaching and recruiting from every community and then supporting employees to achieve their full potential ensuring they feel valued and included, regardless of their gender, age, race, disability, sexual orientation, or social background.

If you are offered a job with us, a number of pre-employment checks need to be carried out before your appointment can be confirmed. Any offer of employment with United Utilities will be subject to a satisfactory checking report from the Disclosure Scotland / the Disclosure and Barring Service.