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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.

Selection timeline

  • September – OctoberOnline applications Due.
  • OctoberFirst round interviews occur.
  • Mid November Final round interview invitations sent.
  • Early DecemberFinal round of interviews.
  • Late December - Early JanuaryOffers Made.
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GDP orientation

Graduates start their careers at National Grid with an 4-week orientation, which includes time spent learning the core functions of the business, meeting with our Executive team, and traveling to our different jurisdictional areas. By the end of orientation, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of who National Grid is as a company and how we do business, and will have formed a network with your fellow graduates, as well as senior business leaders, key GDP stakeholders, and GDP Alumni. Graduates also take part in monthly development sessions with their cohort as well as complete a Capstone Project at the end of their first year.

Where will you work?

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 monthly development sessions with their cohort as well as complete a Capstone Project at the end of their first year with the company.

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Gas Process & Engineering

Gas Engineering offers opportunities to chemical, mechanical, control, civil, and structural engineers in system analysis, project management, construction management, and design.

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Electric Process & Engineering

This group studies the delivery system that supplies the distribution networks and systems that supply retail customers, and recommends additions and modifications to meet future performance and reliability requirements both today and into the future.

Finance

Finance

The Finance team acts as strategic advisors to the greater business, providing action-oriented insight beyond the numbers that has a real impact on performance. Opportunities exist within Finance Business Partnering, Tax, Financial Control, Investor Relations & Audit.

Information Technology

Information Technology

IT & Digital seeks to attract and develop high potential talent to enable the clean energy transition for all, deliver for our customers efficiently and ensure we maintain resilient, secure and compliant technology solutions.

Customer

Customer

Customer Operations supports the company in serving residential and commercial customers ensuring we meet our customers' service and energy-related needs in an efficient manner. Opportunities exist in Delivery, Process Enablement, Sales & Solutions, and Product Growth.

Procurement

Procurement

The Procurement team leads and supports our category strategy and sourcing activities to deliver maximum value from our cost base. The team works to deliver effectiveness across our supply chain while mitigating risk and cultivating a diverse, globally oriented, sustainable supply base.

Meet our graduates

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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.

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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.

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Benefits

At National Grid, we’re committed to offering a comprehensive benefits program that supports the health and well-being 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

  • 4-Week Orientation

  • Volunteer Opportunities/ Employee Giving

  • Site Visit

  • Mentorship Program

  • Employee Resource Group

  • Executive Exposure

FAQs

To participate in our Graduate Development Program:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Graduated between May of last year and May of current year
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Ability to begin the National Grid Graduate Development Program in June
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States.
  • Be available on designated start date determined by the Campus to Careers Team.
  • Have a curious mindset, positive attitude, and be ready to learn!
  • Please note that specific positions will have additional minimum qualifications.

Correct. Only students who have graduated from a Bachelor’s or Master’s program are eligible for the Graduate Development Program. However, National Grid offers a variety of internship opportunities. If you are still in school and are looking for meaningful work experience, learn more about our Gridtern program here.

Yes, as a Graduate you are a full-time employee at National Grid. We offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits program. Check out our Benefits here.

Graduate Development Program positions are available to apply through our careers website starting in the Fall. You can find all opportunities here.

Thank you for your interest and applying! A member of the Campus to Careers team will be reviewing your application. Should your qualifications match our hiring needs, we will reach out to discuss next steps. Please see our timeline for specifics on our GDP selection process.

Yes! We encourage you to apply to all opportunities that would match your skillsets and career goals.

Are you excited to join the Energy Industry at a crucial and innovative time?! Our Graduate Development Program kicks off with an 4-week Orientation with your fellow Graduates. Throughout these weeks you will gain an in-depth overview of National Grid, build your network throughout the company, have exposure to many senior leaders, and travel throughout our service territories.

After Orientation, you will enter your full-time position that you were hired for with a wealth of knowledge and expansive network that will help jumpstart your career at National Grid! Throughout you first year at National Grid, you will continue to develop your leadership skills though monthly development sessions and a Capstone Project at the completion of your first year with National Grid.

We do not offer relocation packages for Graduate Development Program participants.

Each application is reviewed against our program minimum qualifications and the requirements our managers have submitted for their positions. Applicants whose background meets the requirements will be invited to take part in an online pre-recorded video interview in October. In November, we send out invitations to take part in our final round interview process which occurs in early December. During the final interview you’ll have the ability to showcase your skills in different ways through a traditional interview with the hiring team, and a group case study with other GDP applicants. After all interviews are conducted, we’ll extend an offer to the strongest candidate for the position.

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