Electrical Engineering Intern (Fall 2019)

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Hardware Engineering

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy and technology company. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our customers through inclusive energy and financial services. Our flagship product, Fenix Power, is a modular, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable installments from just $0.11 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a next-generation credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans, unlocking modern financial services for our customers. To date, Fenix has sold over 500,000 Solar Home Systems in Uganda, Zambia, Cote d'Ivoire, Benin, Nigeria and Mozambique, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over 2,500,000 people.

In early 2018, Fenix joined forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy. This has allowed Fenix to make significant commercial investments to accelerate the path to our mission, via new markets and innovative products. Together, Fenix and ENGIE are making universal access to modern energy a reality.

Position Overview

Fenix International is seeking capable electrical engineering students for an internship with the Fenix International product development team in San Francisco, California.  Interns in this program will have the opportunity to 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. 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 Fenix’s mission.

We are seeking candidates currently pursuing a degree in electrical engineering or a similar field.  Candidates must be in good academic standing with their program. The internship will involve collaboration with Fenix 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.

This will be a paid internship

Responsibilities

  • Electrical design (schematic design and PCB layout)
  • Participating in design reviews with the broader engineering team
  • Developing test equipment, fixtures and methods
  • Hardware and software testing & debugging
  • Reporting engineering results, development updates, & test results to management
  • Ideation and prototyping of new products/accessories

Qualifications

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 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 E.E. or Engineering Science
  • Experience using lab tools such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and DMMs
  • Coding experience in Python
  • Experience doing schematic capture and layout using Eagle and/or Altium Designer
  • Demonstrated interest in renewable energy or financial services
  • Availability to work full time for a minimum of 10 weeks
  • Attention to detail
  • Additional Qualifications (not required):
  • Experience working with embedded devices
  • Experience working with energy and battery systems

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

Fenix International 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.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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