Electrical Engineer - Paid Internship

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Hardware Engineering

Type: Internship

Min. Experience: Student (College)

Company: Fenix International
Location: San Francisco, CA
Application Deadline: November 15th 2017
Position: Paid internship starting immediately (3 to 6 month duration)

About Fenix

Fenix International is a next-generation energy company.  Our mission is to transform our customers’ quality of life through disruptive innovation in energy and financial services. Our flagship product, ReadyPay Solar, is an expandable, lease-to-own solar home system financed through affordable instalments starting under $0.19 per day. We use real-time transaction data to create a unique credit score to finance power upgrades and other life-changing loans and open up a wider world of energy and financing for our customers.

To date, Fenix has sold over 170,000 ReadyPay Power systems in Uganda and Zambia, bringing clean, reliable power for lights, phones, radios, TV and much more to over one million people.  In 2017, Fenix announced that it was joining forces with ENGIE, one of the world's largest energy companies and a leader in the move to renewable, decentralised and digital energy.  ENGIE will make significant commercial investments in Fenix to accelerate the path to our mission. Fenix will operate as a distinct and autonomous company within the ENGIE group in order to retain our unrelenting focus on innovation, smart iterative design, strong team culture and exceptional customer experience. Together, Fenix and ENGIE plan to bring life-changing energy and financial services to tens of millions of off-grid customers and to make universal access to modern energy a reality across Africa.

The role

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 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 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

  • Electrical design (schematic design and PCB layout)
  • Releasing designs for prototypes and manufacturing
  • 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


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 E.E. or Engineering Science
  • Experience doing schematic capture and layout using Eagle
  • Experience using lab tools such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers and DMMs
  • 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

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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