Internship opportunity

Join the team designing the systems of ElleVille

Sustainable Systems Internship

SmartHoods believes in a future where people live sustainably in technologically advanced self-sufficient neighbourhoods that produce their own energy, food and water. We help create this future by providing systems engineering and consulting services to project developments with high sustainability ambitions.

SmartHoods x Elleville

To enable our vision, we have partnered up with ElleVille, a highly scalable ecovillage project 1 hour north from Copenhagen that aims to provide a sustainable and supportive community for its residents. The ecovillages will be constructed using carbon-neutral wooden (CLT) houses designed by the world-famous Bjarke Ingels. The project has secured land and financing, and is awaiting approval for its zoning plan. Soon it will break ground, in January 2023, and SmartHoods is both designing and building the systems for it.
ElleVille wants to become as off-grid as possible, using both conventional and unconventional technologies such as solar panels, batteries, biomeilers, a home-made CHP, natural greywater filtration systems, district heating, etc. We are therefore creating a systems model that can incorporate all the power, heating, water, biomass and waste streams so that we can create different system configurations. We have done so for projects in the past, and are looking to streamline our methodology for systems engineering for new project developments. 

About the internship

For this internship, you will help design an integrated food-water-energy system for ElleVille. In doing so, you will help to develop a framework for all the possible neighbourhood systems that can be used. You will get the chance to create a framework that will be used in all future SmartHoods projects.
Your work activities will exist of the following:
  • Research into various systems, processes and technologies within different domains, and categorise them into a digital library.
  • Think along about streamlining the work flow and advisory process for new SmartHoods clients
  • Set up automation and tooling  with which we can make design decisions regarding the individual components
  • Create a model for representing systems that allows us to making choices for optimal scenarios based on technical, sustainable and economical parameters
We possess a lot of knowledge, concepts and ideas with which we can support you and on-board you. We can also give you a lot of personal interactions and guidance, as you will be directly working with the founder of SmartHoods, as well as getting regular interaction with the ElleVille core team. This means that there is a lot of space to contribute your own ideas, and your contribution can have a serious impact on the future of both SmartHoods and ElleVille. We can also look together for opportunities to join our team as well. 


We’re looking for a candidate with a technical background and an analytical mind, who is deeply passionate about sustainability and intrinsically motivated. 
  • Good English communication skills
  • Technical background, analytical mind and excellent systems-thinker
  • Enthusiastic about sustainability, especially within the built environment. Intrinsically motivated.
  • Independent and conceptually strong. We expect you to come up with many ideas yourself.
  • Experience with programming or relevant tooling for modelling (e.g. Python and Excel) is very much appreciated.

Practical details

The internship will last 3 to 6 months and should start in the beginning of 2023. The SmartHoods and ElleVille team will then have started building the first houses of ElleVille. You can choose to join the team fully remote, or on-site in Vejby, Denmark. In the latter case we will host you on the construction site in a CLT cabin with co-work space and a sauna, and it is expected to also help build the houses and the systems (20hrs/week). This will give you a unique chance to gain hands-on experience in for instance building a biomeiler or a rocket stove, which will improve the quality of your theoretical output. It is also possible to just join on-site for a few weeks, and do the rest of your internship remotely as you please.
You can choose to either work remote or on-site. If you choose to join us in Denmark, we will house you, provide food from our in-house chef, a working area and a 300 euro per month stipend. Remote work is compensated with 700 euros per month, minus 100 euro per week for each week you decide to come and visit us.
If you are interested, please submit an internship proposal with your CV and a short motivation letter to Please also let us know to what degree you are interested in helping to build some of the systems on-site. The deadline is 21 March 2023 23:59 CET.
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