Electrical / Mechanical Engineer - Paid Internship

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Engineering

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

Company: Fenix International
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: June 15, 2017
Position: Paid internship, dates flexible (June – September)

Internship Description:

Fenix International is seeking capable mechanical/electrical engineering students for engineering internships with the Fenix International product development team in San Francisco, California.  Interns in this program will have the opportunity work as part of the Fenix engineering team developing life-changing products in solar, energy storage, lighting, and consumer electronics.  This position offers a great opportunity to work alongside an elite team of engineers and business professionals and directly contribute to the success of a fast-moving venture-funded Silicon Valley startup. Candidates will have exposure to all parts of the product development process and the unique challenges of developing products for customers in rural Africa. Candidates must enjoy working in a startup environment, and ideally have a passion for renewable energy and sustainable development in Frontier Markets.

We are seeking candidates currently pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or a similar field.  Candidates must be in good academic standing with their program.  The internship will involve collaboration with Fenix staff engineers & designers on the design, development, and testing of Fenix's product line. We are seeking candidates who are interested in gaining hands-on experience with renewable energy and embedded systems. 

Duties may include:

  • Mechanical / electrical design (based on specific background & experience)
  • Releasing designs for manufacturing
  • Interfacing and managing vendors
  • Participating in design reviews
  • Design of experiment and test plan development
  • Development of testing equipment, fixtures and methods
  • Hardware and software testing & debugging
  • Reporting engineering results, development updates, & test results to management
  • Field testing with customers
  • Ideation and prototyping of new products/accessories


Overall, a positive attitude and energy are encouraged and favored.  Creative thinking and the ability to add input to projects is important.  Interns at Fenix are treated not as assistants, but as valued members of the engineering team making a contribution to our success.  You should be a self starter and be able to work in a group and individually.

  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • 3rd or 4th year Bachelors’ degree candidates in M.E., E.E., or Engineering Science
  • Demonstrated interest in renewable energy or financial services
  • Availability to work full time for a minimum of 12 weeks
  • Attention to detail
  • Willingness to travel

Additional Qualifications (not required):

  • Experience working with embedded devices
  • Experience working with energy and battery systems
  • Coding experience in Python, Java, or JS


About Fenix:

Founded in 2009, Fenix International is a venture-funded next-generation energy company with offices in East Africa and Silicon Valley.   Fenix’s mission is to empower our customers with life-changing energy technology and inclusive financial services. We fulfill this mission by designing, delivering and financing quality products and relentlessly pursuing an exceptional customer experience. We think BIG, act, and iterate with a strong, passionate team that loves what they do.

Fenix International’s core product is the ReadyPay Solar Power System.  The ReadyPay Solar Power System allows customers to lease-to-own solar home systems for lighting, phone charging, radio, and even a TV. Engineered to integrate with any mobile money system, ReadyPay enables customers to make payments from a mobile phone.  Launched in Uganda in partnership with Africa’s largest telecom MTN, ReadyPay Solar is available now for as little $0.20 per day.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter and contact information through the job posting at http://fenixintl.com/careers. 

In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to work with Fenix International?
  2. What is your favorite hardware product?  Describe what you believe makes it great from an engineering perspective.
  3. What is your favorite engineering project you have worked on?  What did you enjoy about the experience?

You may also include a pdf portfolio displaying any previous work, research, and personal projects.

Our company offers a competitive salary, a fun work environment and opportunities for professional growth.  We recognize the value of diversity in our workforce, and encourage all qualified candidates to apply.  We thank all candidates who choose to apply, however, only those selected for a further interview will be contacted.

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