The Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™ (APSEY)

At RCREEE, we believe that our region’s young talents are its most valuable asset. The Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™ (APSEY) is a regional sustainable energy internship program which targets young professionals and post graduate students of engineering, economy, and law fields from the Arab region.

The program aims to boost technical and operational capacities of the region’s young talents interested in renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The program recruits 12 interns every year on two rounds for a hands-on experience in the center’s research and analysis, policy briefs, technical assistance, and other related activities. The opportunity covers full travel and accommodation expenses in Cairo in addition to a monthly salary.

Since 2014, APSEY Program has been co-financed by the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) via three consecutive grants. The grants aim to support young professionals and post-graduate students from Yemen, Sudan, Palestine, Djibouti, Mauritania, Somalia and Syria aspiring to work in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields.

Intern Benefits

  • Learn and develop sustainable energy knowledge and skills
  • Work closely with leading technical experts from the region
  • Acquire essential skills needed for future sustainable energy job markets
  • Have access to various technical and administrative workshops and trainings
  • Interact with diversified cultures and experiences

Who Should Apply?

  • Young professionals of energy, power, economics, political science and post graduate students
  • Academic researchers focusing on MENA region sustainable energy markets
  • Young entrepreneurs interested in sustainable energy investments and manufacturing

​APSEY program opportunities are offered to RCREEE 17 member states (Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine,Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen).

APSEY calls for candidates twice every year.

Step 1: Confirm Eligibility

Carefully review APSEY application criteria on the APSEY home page.

Step 2: Prepare and submit a complete application

Qualified candidates should send the following to our email address [email protected]:

  • Filled application form 
  • Updated CV
  • A one-page motivation letter

Applications are available in

Arabic             English

Important Remarks

  • All documents must be submitted as a complete package in one email. Applications missing any of the three required items will not be reviewed.
  • All applications must be electronically filled (Not hand written).
  • All applications must be submitted by email as attachments to "[email protected]". Applications submitted through links and online drives are not accepted. 
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Step 3: Application evaluation

Your application will be screened to determine your eligibility for the next step.  If your application was successful, you will be informed by mail that you are have passed initial screening phase and you will be asked submit a paper for further review.
After reviewing submitted papers, selected candidates will be contacted by email for a skype interview.

Please be aware that many potential applicants do not pass the screening stage due to incomplete or inaccurate applications. Also, given the high competitive nature of the program, the duration of evaluation might vary from 1-1.5 month.

Step 4: Results Notification and Logistical Arrangements

After interviews, you will be informed in case you are selected as APSEY intern and will receive logistical support for your reallocation to Cairo, Egypt.

Step 5: Welcoming Interns

Upon arrival, APSEY interns get introduced to RCREEE through a tailored orientation agenda. RCREEE senior experts guide the interns through business and technical topics to acquaint them with RCREEE’s mission, projects, strategic partners and communication strategy.

Rana Elguindy

” An exceptional experience which provides a deeper understanding of the energy sector in our region and its massive importance in our daily lives."

Akram Mohammed Almohamadi

“My internship was truly wonderful. It allowed for interaction of young professionals from different cultures and backgrounds. Working closing with the region’s experts was one of the things I enjoyed the most. APSEY internship really helped in shaping my future”

Mohamed Shaklab

"I felt like APSEY is the perfect combination of technical knowledge and business on ground. The most important advantage of my internship was the teamwork and how simple ideas were turned into structured projects.”

Mohamed ElShazly

"Being an APSEY intern is unique in many ways. It's a very interesting position to be in for a bird's eye view of the current energy situation in the MENA region, and I can comfortably give RCREEE credit for most of what I learned about that. There are few other opportunities in the energy industry where interns get to work closely with a diverse team of engineers, political scientists, finance experts, and lawyers...."

Yasmeen AlSayad

"I have learned so much and achieved a lot of my objectives during my APSEY internship. I was so pleased with the cooperation from my colleagues and responsibilities which supported much in my development”

Mahad Omar

“During my time in APSEY. I worked on many projects and enjoyed the multicultural team experience”


Call for Candidatures to the 13th round of the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)

Position: RCREEE Intern

Duty Station: Cairo, Egypt

Duration: 6 Month

Application deadline: September 12, 2019


The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) is an intergovernmental organization with diplomatic status that aims to enable and increase the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency practices in the Arab region. RCREEE teams with regional governments and global organizations to initiate and lead clean energy policy dialogues, strategies, technologies and capacity development in order to increase Arab states’ share of tomorrow’s energy.

Having today 17 Arab countries among its members, RCREEE strives to lead renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives and expertise in all Arab states based on five core strategic impact areas: facts and figures, policies, people, institutions, and finance.

For information on RCREEE and its activities, please visit

Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth (APSEY)

RCREEE, in cooperation with the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) offers recent graduates 6 internship opportunities at its regional headquarters in Cairo.

The selected interns should be prepared to relocate to Cairo and work in a fast-paced team environment. Interns will complete the internship period having gained a broad experience in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and regional cooperation fields. Among the activities to be carried out during the 6 months are:

  • Hands-on training on data mining, research and analysis skills through direct involvement in RCREEE regional and country level research and analysis tools activities

  • Placement in RCREEE projects under the supervision of Program Managers and Senior Experts

  • Technical training courses by leading regional technical experts from the region

  • Soft skills training courses (communication skills, leadership and project management, business and technical writing)

  • Attending relevant regional workshops and/or Exchange mission with other young professionals to collaborate on running projects

  • Periodic evaluation and feedback

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected candidates will work under the supervision of RCREEE technical team in any of the following areas:

  • Research and analysis on renewable energy and energy efficiency trends and technologies in the Arab States

  • Engage in project support and implementation in the fields of policy, institutional development, facts/figures, finance and private investments promotion relevant to RE/EE.

  • Engage in RCREEE’s business development activities.

General Qualifications

  • Recent graduate of: Engineering, Environmental Studies, Economics, Political Science, international law or Business Administration

  • Being enrolled in or a holder of a relevant Master’s Degree is a plus

  • Previous experience in the field of sustainable energy and similar developmental projects is a plus

  • Fluency in Arabic and one of the two languages; English or French, is a must

  • Enthusiastic about the role of RCREEE and renewable energy and energy efficiency fields, and ready to learn

  • Excellent writing, editing and communications skills

  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task and deadlines-oriented

  • Internet and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) proficiency is required

General Terms and Conditions

  • The internship program operates on a remunerative basis. For interns from countries other than the host country, travel arrangements are the responsibility of RCREEE

  • Non-Egyptian interns will receive a monthly amount equivalent to 600 Euros to cover accommodation and living expenses.

  • It is the responsibility of the intern to arrange for his/her accommodation. RCREEE provides selected interns with a list of brokers’ contacts.

  • Egyptian interns will receive a monthly amount equivalent to 300 Euros

  • Medical Insurance is the sole responsibility of the intern

How to apply

Qualified candidates should send the following to our email address [email protected]:

  1. Filled application form (Click to download)

  2. Updated CV

  3. A one-page motivation letter

Subject Line: APSEY Program

Please visit application process page for more details and remarks

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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