The internship programme has now closed. The previous opportunities listed below provide a snapshot of planet-positive work underway in Devon enterprises.
Low Carbon Devon Internship and Leadership Programme connected 41 University of Plymouth students or recent graduates with a Devon SME to complete a low carbon project.
The interns brought skills from their degree programmes and provided additional resource to support the delivery of a low carbon project or new product or service. The interns completed a variety of projects for the businesses, from measuring carbon footprints to researching a report on future energy markets.
The internship programme included an innovative sustainability leadership component. The interns joined together each week for 1-hour workshops to give them the skills to become future-fit as change-makers, leaders and role models of a low carbon society. The workshops were framed using the Plymouth Compass leadership tool and helped develop the tools as well as the inspiration and confidence to facilitate proactive change within the climate challenge.
The programme is now closed but if you would like to register your enterprise’s interest in any future potential opportunities, please complete the Expression of Interest form.
For any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rum carbon calculation Intern: Ellie Dunklee – Two Drifters Distillery
Ellie was tasked with analysing the carbon footprint and Life Cycle Assessment of equipment within the Two Drifters rum distillery. She helped them measure the environmental impact of the stainless steel vessels used in the distillery, that had been imported from China, and also undertook a comparison of stainless steel sourced from Germany.
They now have a detailed understanding of the impact of this distillery equipment which informs their ambitious Carbon Tax process. This process involves paying an external company to have carbon removed from the air to counteract the company’s carbon emissions. It comes with a high price tag, meaning it is far cheaper to avoid creating CO2 than it is to remove it, making a reduced carbon footprint front and centre in everything that they do. They are the world’s first rum distillery with a carbon negative footprint and are based in Exeter.
“It’s been incredible to work with a company that is taxing itself, whilst competing against others brands who are not doing this. They are driven by principles and feel passionately that business has a responsibility to tackle their impact on the environment.”
Care sector carbon impact Intern: Thijs Mostert – Devon Care Home Collaborative
Thijs was brought in to understand more about the carbon footprint of the care homes within the Devon Care Home Collaborative and to provide solutions to help them reduce this. He surveyed the care homes within the Collaborative to establish what carbon reduction measures were already in place and then held a workshop to share best practice and ideas for simple changes. The project progressed to assessing the carbon footprint of some of the care homes, to understand what more significant measures could be implemented.
“We were really pleased with the outcomes and believe this is a foundation on which DCHC can build for the future. We are talking with key stakeholders about the journey to net zero, we are having conversations with suppliers that we have never had before and our fellow care home colleagues are now hearing about the importance of sustainability within care.”
Devon Care Homes Collaborative
Decoding the honey bee waggle Intern: Erin Browne – Pollenize CIC
Erin’s expertise has been instrumental in helping Pollenize to decode the honey bee waggle. Pollenize have 11 community beehives stocked with native honey bees across Plymouth and work to raise awareness about pollinator decline. By utilising the bees as a biosensor and through DNA analysis of pollen and honey they can build a picture of the floral environment from the bees’ perspective. This informs the recipes of seed packets which are tailored to the local environment and floral gaps through the seasons. The packets have been distributed through local schools.
Without Erin’s internship, they could not have been as agile in how they approached the development of the AI camera system that monitored the bees; her expertise and flexibility around the subject has allowed them to progress in a positive direction.
“Her impressive scientific skill set made her the perfect candidate to help us research and gather important environmental intelligence data to help us combat the drivers of pollinator decline.”
AnTech - Low Carbon Energy Transition Intern
ARC Marine – Sustainable Business Development Intern
Bailey Partnership – Net Zero Carbon Intern
Bird Eyewear – Climate Impact Intern
Borrow Don't Buy – Sustainable Business Internship
Davy J -Sustainability Intern
Devon and Plymouth Chamber - B Corp and Sustainable Business Intern
Devon Care Homes Collaborative - Carbon Impacts Care Sector
Diversity Business Incubator – Environmental Impact Intern
Drew & Co – Carbon Net Zero Intern
dryrobe® – Sustainability Intern
Earthkind Events - Community Engagement Intern
EFFECT Photonics – Environmental Management Intern
Emerald Green Power – Sustainable Energy Intern
Exeter Science Centre - Low Carbon Building Design Intern
Fotonow - Climate Emergency Intern
J Wippell & Co Ltd - Environmental Impacts Intern
Marine Biological Association - Sustainability and Laboratory Efficiency Intern
Mitchell Architects - Revit Energy Reduction Calculator Intern
Nudge Community Builders – Climate Action and Eco-Retrofitting Intern
Pepper Communications – Planet Positive Marketing Intern
Plymouth Culture – Fab City Development Intern
Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) – Environmental Sustainability Intern
Plymouth Scrapstore CIC – Sustainability and Climate Impact Intern
Pollenize - Data, AI and Machine Learning Intern
Project Plan B - Sustainable Garment Production Manager Intern
Red Paddle Co - ESG and B Corp Intern
Sound View Media – Creative Climate Impact Intern
Studio Skein – Circular Economy Construction Materials Intern
The Bshirt – Carbon and Circular Economy Intern
The Woodland Presents – Woodlab Sustainability Intern
THINQTANQ Plymouth – Planet Positive Workspace Intern
Two Drifters Consultancy – Environmental Consultant & Marketing Intern
Two Drifters Distillery – Carbon Calculation Rum Distillery Intern
Yealm Community Energy – Yealm Estuary to Moor (YEM) Intern
YGS Environmental Consultants – Environmental Consultant Intern
YOKE The Salon - Sustainability Intern
Zedify Plymouth – Zero Carbon Transport and Business Development Intern
Borrow Don't Buy
Davy J Swimwear
Devon and Plymouth Chamber
Devon Care Homes Collaborative
Diversity Business Incubator
Drew & Co
Emerald Green Power
The Exeter Science Centre
J. Wippell & Co. Ltd
Marine Biological Association
Nudge Community Builders
Plymouth Energy Community
Plymouth Marine Laboratory
Plymouth Scrapstore CIC
Project Plan B
Sound View Media
The Woodland Presents
Two Drifters Distillery
Yealm Community Energy
YGS Environmental Consultants
YOKE The Salon
Are you a Devon based SME?
As the Low Carbon Devon project approaches the end of its funded period, we are not able to organise further internships with host organisations. However, we want to continue to gauge interest in similar opportunities within the Devon SME community to help us apply for future funding.
We’d appreciate you completing our expression of interest form with details of your idea for an internship and whilst we are not currently able to facilitate this, it will help inform applications for future funding.