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Graduate Development Program

National Grid’s Graduate Development Program (GDP) is the company’s flagship pipeline program, targeting recent college graduates joining the company in entry-level full time positions. The GDP is designed to prepare early career professionals for future leadership roles within the organization, aims to support Graduates in developing as leaders, guide their career, and increase their business talents and skills. It provides opportunities for Graduates to explore a broad range of disciplines across our functions and locations, work on a variety of projects, and expand their network.

Graduates start their careers at National Grid with an 8-week Orientation. Graduates will spend time learning the core functions of the business, networking with our Executive team, and traveling to our different jurisdictional areas. By the end of Orientation, Graduates have an in depth understanding of who National Grid is as a company and how we do business. They will have formed a network with their fellow Graduates as well as senior business leaders, key GDP stakeholders and GDP Alumni.

Following Orientation, Graduates begin working in their hired position. While specific positions vary year to year, past hiring departments have included: Gas Process & Engineering, Electric Process & Engineering, Procurement, Accounting & Finance, Information Technology, Regulation & Pricing, Audit, Fleet Services, Performance Excellence, Customer, Human Resources and Operations.

Graduates also take part in quarterly development sessions with their cohort as well as complete a Capstone Project at the end of their first year with the company.

Testimonials

Andrew

Andrew French’s experience interning with National Grid in 2018 is what inspired him to return in a full-time position through the Graduate Development Program. He has enjoyed that the program has given him so much exposure to senior leaders and seeing how much they enjoy their long careers with National Grid. He is also comforted to know how much of a core value safety is to everyone. He says, “It is comforting to know that the company cares so much about the well-being of ALL their employees. Some of the safety messages and things preached on the employees seems simple but they are always good reminders that we sometimes forget about. You never know what could happen!” On Andrew’s new role within Business Services he says, “In my new role, I hope to make a positive impact on the company and help the company grow and prosper. I would like to use my leadership skills to influence those around me and continue to make new relationships that will help me move forward in the company.” Andrew urges people to do the Graduate Development Program as he has had a great time and adds that, “You also get the chance to get an in-depth training about every aspect of a great company that most people who work at National Grid never get the chance to learn/experience.”

Why did you choose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid?

I chose the GDP program at National Grid because of the reputation the company has. I was fortunate enough to work at National Grid as an intern in 2018 and loved my experience there. As soon as I was finished, I knew I wanted to start my career at National Grid and the GDP program was the perfect platform for me to begin my working career. The chance to be able to visit all of our sites in different cities, meet with all different executives and VPs while learning all there is to the company really brought me in. I also know many people who worked their whole careers for National Grid and they only spoke great things about the company and how much they enjoyed their careers with National Grid. Not to mention we are a company that provides a service everyone needs and will not be going away.

What has surprised you the most about National Grid?

One of the things that surprised me the most about National Grid was the amount of concern they have over safety. It is comforting to know that the company cares so much about the well-being of ALL their employees. Some of the safety messages and things preached on the employees seems simple but they are always good reminders that we sometimes forget about. You never know what could happen!

What has been your favorite part of GDP orientation?

My favorite part about GDP orientation has been meeting all new people and becoming friends with all those in GDP. Working with them for 8 weeks really allows you to build relationships that could last a long time. You also get the chance to meet a lot of senior executives and gain great insight into their stories and how they became successful.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the GDP?

I would tell them to absolutely do it! GDP is such a great time where you are able to meet so many new people. You also get the chance to get an in-depth training about every aspect of a great company that most people who work at National Grid never get the chance to learn/experience.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at National Grid?

In my new role, I hope to make a positive impact on the company and help the company grow and prosper. I would like to use my leadership skills to influence those around me and continue to make new relationships that will help me move forward in the company.

What are you most looking forward to upon starting your full-time position?

I look forward to being able to translate my analytical skills that I learned in college to the workplace. I am excited to work with a team to help improve our company and work on meaningful projects that will be implemented.

What excites you most about working in the energy industry?

Everyone needs energy! The industry we are in is one that will never go away as people will always need gas and electric. There is also so much opportunity for change within the industry that will be really exciting to be a part of.

Bridget

Bridget Wisnewski is excited to be returning to National Grid for her third time. She has spent her past two summers interning in the CMS department and is happy to return to that same department in a more permanent position. Bridget chose to join National Grid through the Graduate Development Program because she realized she “lacked an understanding for the company as a whole, or the big picture view of how [her] department related and contributed to the company as a whole.” She hopes with this new knowledge and confidence that she will be able to bring new ideas to her team and contribute more than she ever has before. In addition to learning more about National Grid, she is also making invaluable connections with the other 44 GDP members that she knows will continue after their eight-week orientation. On her connections with the other members she says, “[Spending time with them throughout the orientation] creates a special bond that I feel is crucial as we all enter into our full-time positions.” What excites her most about working in the energy industry are “the countless opportunities for growth and change that exist in the energy industry.” She is happy to know she will not be bored at National Grid because there is plenty of room for her to move around the company as she works on her personal development. Bridget’s advice to anyone interested in the Graduate Development Program is to “not be nervous and just do it,” as it has been her favorite and most beneficial experience thus far at National Grid.

Why did you choose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid?

I chose the GDP program because I was an intern at National Grid for the past two summers, and always heard about the GDP program throughout my time here. It was something that I did not focus on more seriously until my second summer here, as I was going into my senior year of college, and thinking about plans for after graduation. Interning the past two summers in the same department gave me a great understanding for that specific department, however, I lacked an understanding for the company as a whole, or the big picture view of how my department related and contributed to the company as a whole. I knew that entering this program would help to give me an understanding to that knowledge that I was lacking.

What has surprised you the most about National Grid?

My fellow coworkers over the past two summers had all been in the company for at least 10+ years, so I knew it was a place and company I wanted to be in. My department was fairly small though, so I think what has surprised me most is throughout all the interactions with the many people we have met, majority of people have been in the company for their whole lives. Many people my age will travel around from company to company, but that does not seem to be the case here at National Grid. It has surprised me because this company is so different from many companies that exist today, and it is refreshing to see that employees, although they move around a lot, all have spent majority of their lives in the same field, while remaining driven and dedicated as a National Grid employee.

What has been your favorite part of GDP orientation?

My favorite part has definitely been meeting my fellow GDPs. Not only does it make the experience so entertaining, but it is also 44 other coworkers I can network with and reach out to once the program ends. It gives me a sense of comfort knowing everyone is in the same boat, and we will all be going on this journey together, even after our 8 weeks are finished. It creates a special bond that I feel is crucial as we all enter into our full time positions.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the GDP?

To not be nervous and just do it. It has been my favorite experience with National Grid thus far, and on top of that, the most beneficial, due to the speakers we have met, the connections we have made, the thorough understanding of the company and how it operates as a whole, and also what is expected of us as we transition into our positions.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at National Grid?

I hope to be a valuable member of the CMS department on Long Island. The knowledge I have gained in this program has given me the ability to reflect on my past two summers as an intern, and fill in the gaps to some areas that I was sometimes confused on, or did not fully understand at the time. I hope that with this knowledge from a ‘fresh mind’, I can bring new ideas and thoughts to the team, because I feel I have the confidence to do that now after being in the GDP program.

What are you most looking forward to upon starting your full-time position?

The thing I am looking forward to the most is being able to apply my knowledge from the GDP program to my full time position. I am excited to be able to fully contribute to the team, more than I could have when I was just an intern. I am excited to get back to work with the coworkers I have made relationships with over the past two summers, and make a difference in the department. I know that this program has provided me with the knowledge to do this, but also with the connections to reach out to someone when I am unsure of where to go or what to do next.

What excites you most about working in the energy industry?

The thing that excites me most is the countless opportunities for growth and change that exist in the energy industry. As a Communications and a Human Resources major, energy and gas were something I never really studied. I am excited to be able to learn about both of these fields, and relate what I studied to it. I also am so excited for the opportunities that come with this everchanging industry. Every single speaker that has come in to talk to my fellow GDP’s and me has stressed how they have moved around so much, from department to department, while still remaining in this single company. This is so beneficial and crucial for the growth of individuals, as I feel like many people go through phases of boredom in their careers, because their jobs get stagnant and repetitive. However, that is not the case in this industry, and while there may be some sense of fear or apprehension that comes with the unknown, I am more excited for it than anything.

Emma

The opportunity to work on new technologies relating to energy efficiency and storage combined with the Graduate Development Program made Emma Burke excited to join National Grid’s Technology Deployment department. Reflecting on her time since joining National Grid she says, “Looking back over the last month, it’s exciting to think about everything I’ve learned from the tour of the fleet garage, to trainings on personal impact, how the company operates financially, and even the structure rescue with a dummy. It is always a thrill to learn something new or to have a new experience, and GDP orientation offers so many opportunities for this.” Emma is eager to hop on her team’s current projects and with these she says, “I will aim to make strides for energy storage technologies, energy efficiency efforts, and other new technologies to improve the electric grid. I want to continue to learn, find opportunities for development, and leave a positive impact on the people and projects around me.” She looks forward to all the latest technologies she will be working with, in addition to the people who she has already perceived as loyal, friendly and supportive through the various networking opportunities through the GDP. Emma values continuous growth and repeats this message with some words of advice, “To a member of a future GDP herd, my advice would be to stay present, be engaged, make the most of the opportunities presented, and seek growth.”

Why did you choose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid?

From growing up in upstate New York, I was familiar with the name National Grid, but never really thought much about their role in my day to day life. During my senior year at Northeastern I was reviewing job listings and specifically looking for descriptions that matched my interests of energy storage systems and environmental sustainability. The role of an engineer with National Grid caught my eye as the position would be working on new technologies surrounding energy efficiency and storage. This alone was enough to draw me in to apply, but the Graduate Development Program on top of this exciting role sealed the deal. I knew the program would prepare me to be a better employee, engineer, and leader by providing opportunities for networking, participating in extensive trainings, and traveling through the National Grid service territories.

What has surprised you the most about National Grid?

In the first five weeks of orientation, I’ve been most surprised with the kindness and acceptance of the employees that I’ve met so far. The GDP leads, the speakers of the program, and others had a similar message that the company culture is one of friendliness, support, and genuine loyalty. The tour leads across sites and jurisdictions, speakers from all levels, and even people I’ve passed in the hallway always offer a smile and a “Good morning”, offer to answer questions, and reiterate that their doors are always open to help, no matter what the issue. I’m surprised by this, but also extremely thankful for the warm welcome to the company and excited to contribute to this culture.

What has been your favorite part of GDP orientation?

Each day of orientation is an opportunity to learn, grow, and make a new connection. We have been introduced to so many people, places, and ideas that it’s impossible to not absorb the wealth of information being presented to us. In the moment, there is definitely a learning curve to the transition from being a college student to being a fulltime working adult. Looking back over the last month, it’s exciting to think about everything I’ve learned from the tour of the fleet garage, to trainings on personal impact, how the company operates financially, and even the structure rescue with a dummy. It is always a thrill to learn something new or to have a new experience, and GDP orientation offers so many opportunities for this.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the GDP?

To a member of a future GDP herd, my advice would be to stay present, be engaged, make the most of the opportunities presented, and seek growth. Life and learning shouldn’t become static after you leave school. Continue to be dynamic, ask questions, and be ready to listen. You aren’t expected to have all the answers, but you are expected to show up with your whole self and learn.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at National Grid?

In my role at National Grid, I will aim to make strides for energy storage technologies, energy efficiency efforts, and other new technologies to improve the electric grid. I want to continue to learn, find opportunities for development, and leave a positive impact on the people and projects around me.

What are you most looking forward to upon starting your full-time position?

I know my learning will not stop after GDP orientation, so I’m looking forward to continuing to grow my technical knowledge in my fulltime position. I’m excited to start engaging with the different projects my team is already working on and making a difference in progressing projects within National Grid. I know my position will offer many opportunities to meet new people, be introduced to the latest technologies for the grid, and learn which projects have the highest potential (pun intended). This will be an exciting time in my life and career that I’m looking forward to making the most out of.

What excites you most about working in the energy industry?

In the energy industry there are always opportunities for improvement and growth. It’s safe to say the world will continue to need energy generated and distributed, so it opens the question of how can we at National Grid innovate to stay efficient, relevant, and ahead of the curve? This is a challenge I’m more than willing and excited to take on at the very beginning of my career. I know working in this industry will require me to think about the future, step outside of my comfort zone, and evolve as the industry grows.

Joshua

For Joshua Diakanwa, the Graduate Development Program is helping him establish how to carry himself as a young professional, in addition to learning more about National Grid. He claims that, “The Graduate Development Program has served as the stepping stone I needed to learn how to travel, budget my salary, and begin creating a work/life balance that I will carry into my first year.” Joshua values diversity and is happy that he has seen this same value both within his 2019 cohort and National Grid. On diversity, he says, “I am surprised at the large focus that is placed on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As an African American man in the workplace, diversity is an important value to me, and seeing how National Grid strives to celebrate the diversity of its employees is something I haven’t seen [emphasized] in other companies.” Upon entering his full-time role in the Benefits department, he hopes to improve the standard of living for employees, as there is always room for improvement. He is also pleased to be entering a company that it is highly regulated, knowing that he is partaking in ethical work that he can be proud of. Joshua urges others considering the Graduate Development Program to keep an open mind because that has allowed him to “sustain judgements and learn from [his] peers about all the different career paths [he can] take.”

Why did you choose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid?

I chose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid because it provided an excellent educational space to help me transition from being a college student to becoming a professional. After graduating Bentley, I was excited to get into the work force, but even then, I had so much to learn about what it means to not only be a National Grid employee, but what it means to be an independent working professional. The Graduate Development Program has served as the stepping stone I needed to learn how to travel, budget my salary, and begin creating a work/life balance that I will carry into my first year.

What has surprised you the most about National Grid?

I am surprised at the large focus that is placed on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As an African American man in the workplace, diversity is an important value to me, and seeing how Nation Grid strives to celebrate the diversity of its employees is something I haven’t seen empathized in other companies.

What has been your favorite part of GDP orientation?

My favorite part of GDP orientation is getting to know my fellow cohorts in the program. Many of my peers come from different walks of life, and different parts of the east coast, and so it’s fun to get to know them on an individual level. I am a person who thrives on valuing relationships, so to meet 44 peers who are all so unique and gifted has truly been a great experience.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the GDP?

I would advise someone considering the GDP to apply to the role with an open mind to all the possibilities your future can hold. A year ago, I would never have imagined that I could travel New England and New York jurisdictions learning new things every day with so many bright peers. Keeping an open mind in the program has helped me sustain judgements, and learn from my peers about all the different career paths I could take.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at National Grid?

I hope to spend my first year learning about my role, and improving the skills that I currently are lacking in. Once I’ve reached a point where I feel I can create change, I want to improve the standard of living for all National Grid employees to ensure that each employee is able to have access to their needs. Visiting the call center Metrotech, and talking to the employees working phones helped me realized that while National Grid has done much for its employees, there’s still more that can be done.

What are you most looking forward to upon starting your full-time position?

I’m looking forward to learning from my manager, Jill Mongelluzzo. I understand that she shares a passion for improving standard of living for employees, and I am excited to have the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that is pushing for new solutions to heal old problems.

What excites you most about working in the energy industry?

I’m excited to be working in the energy industry because it is highly government regulated. This allows me to take pride in the work that I am doing, knowing that it is not only improving the lives of millions, but is also extremely ethical. While many of my peers are entering industries that boast large salaries, not many of them can take pride in the work that their industries do for millions.

Steven

Steven DeMeo never envisioned himself working for a utility company but upon seeing the opportunities to grow as a leader within the Information Technology department he knew National Grid’s Graduate Development Program was a perfect fit for him and his career aspirations. Steven likes that the GDP gives him “the opportunity to be a leader and create change that will leave a lasting impact on many employee and customer lives.” He is focused on making positive changes in the industry by facing the biggest challenges head-on. He says, “The energy industry needs innovation from great minds and it excites me that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the solution.” One of the biggest surprises for Steven has been the way people work within a natural monopoly. On this he observes, “When it comes to working for a natural monopoly, I did not anticipate the level of drive and commitment that the employees I met so far have. The people here really care about their careers and are striving to build an industry leading company. I was pleasantly surprised by this because I believe I have a great deal of drive and commitment to my work, so it has been awesome to see this in my coworkers as well.” To get the most out of the Graduate Development Program, Steven suggests those interested to “Envision the impact you will have on an industry.”

Why did you choose the Graduate Development Program at National Grid?

I did not think choosing what I was going to do after college would be easy, but the GDP was the clear winner. Never had I envisioned working for a utility company, but after finding the application for the GDP for IT, I became very interested. National Grid values investing in their people and I saw the GDP as a great avenue to become a leader in a company that does great work. Other programs I came across did not show as much value and investment in recent college graduates.

What has surprised you the most about National Grid?

When it comes to working for a natural monopoly, I did not anticipate the level of drive and commitment that the employees I met so far have. The people here really care about their careers and are striving to build an industry leading company. I was pleasantly surprised by this because I believe I have a great deal of drive and commitment to my work, so it has been awesome to see this in my coworkers as well.

What has been your favorite part of GDP orientation?

My favorite part of GDP orientation has been the opportunity to create relationships. The networking aspect of this program is unreal. I am very happy that this program has allowed me to network with senior leaders, as well as the amazing people in my cohort.

What advice would you give to someone interested in the GDP?

Envision the impact you will have on an industry. You can go work for any company, but you won’t necessarily change anything without a platform to do so. GDP will give you the opportunity to be a leader and create change that will leave a lasting impact on many employee and customer lives. That will be a significant motivator in your career and prevent burnout.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at National Grid?

I want to use my talents to help National Grid get where we want to be faster. Based on conversation with family and friends before choosing this job, this industry has been seen as static. However, since coming onboard with National Grid, I have realized we are actually a highly innovative company. With the proper innovation and investment in our people, we can be quick on our feet and able to tackle the biggest challenges in this industry.

What are you most looking forward to upon starting your full-time position?

I am excited to put my skills into the real world and have an impact at National Grid. However, what I am most excited for is the challenge and opportunity to create something great. I believe the people here have similar mindsets and standards of excellence.

What excites you most about working in the energy industry?

This is probably the number one reason I chose National Grid, and that is because of the number challenges to tackle. The energy industry needs innovation from great minds and it excites me that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the solution.

Benefits

At National Grid, we are committed to offering a comprehensive benefits program that supports the health & wellbeing of our employees. Our benefits are competitive and innovative, providing choice, flexibility, and balance to employees in all stages of work and life. Benefits of interest to recent college graduates include:

  • Student Loan Repayment

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • 3 Weeks Paid
    Vacation

  • 401(K) Plan

  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan

  • Fitness Reimbursement

  • Volunteer Opportunities/ Employee Giving

  • 8 – Week
    Orientation

  • Site Visits

  • Mentorship
    Program

  • Employee Resource Groups

  • Executive Exposure

Graduate Selection Timeline

As the goal of the Graduate Program is to hire high potential talent, our selection process is more in-depth than that for a traditional full-time role at National Grid. You can expect the following:

  • Early September - Late October

    Online Application

  • October- Early December

    Phone Interview with Talent Acquisition

  • Mid- December

    In Person interview invitations sent

  • Early January

    In Person Interview Process with individual & group components

  • Late January- Early February

    Offers are made

  • June

    Orientation Begins