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Summer construction, civil engineering and quantity surveying internships and placements: where to spend your time when not on the beach

Employers offering summer internships and industrial placement years in civil engineering, construction and quantity surveying

Internships and sandwich-year placements in the construction industry for university students: read our at-a-glance guide to which employer is offering what.

Keep a special eye out for deadlines that fall before Christmas.

Looking for a summer internship, a placement or a sandwich year in civil engineering, construction management, quantity surveying/cost management, facilities management, building surveying, architecture…? These are offered by numerous construction employers, including the following...

Summer internships in construction, engineering and quantity surveying

  • AECOM offers summer placements across the UK, typically lasting six to weeks.
  • Arup typically offers summer placements lasting six to eight weeks in areas including landscape architecture.
  • Atkins offers summer internships in a range of areas, including transport planning and civil and structural engineering.
  • Babcock International Group offers summer internships of ten to 12 weeks in roles including civil engineering and human factors.
  • Balfour Beatty offers summer placements of eight to 12 weeks in ares such as construction management, quantity surveying and civil engineering.
  • Gardiner & Theobald offer summer internships in surveying and project management.
  • JLL offers four-week summer internships in quantity surveying and building surveying.
  • Kier offers summer placements in areas such as construction management and design management.
  • Mace offers ten-week summer internships to first-, second- and penultimate-year students in areas such as design management and cost consulting.
  • Mott MacDonald offers summer internships of in areas including environmental consultancy, civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and building services engineering.
  • Network Rail runs summer placements lasting ten to 12 weeks in areas such as quantity surveying and civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Skanska offers eight-week summer internships in areas including civil engineering, design engineering, construction management, project management, quantity surveying and the environment, and health and safety.

Industrial placements for sandwich-year students in construction, engineering and surveying

  • AECOM offers industrial placements across the UK, typically lasting from six to 12 months.
  • Arcadis offers industrial and sandwich-year placements in areas such as cost consultancy (quantity surveying) and civil engineering.
  • Arup traditionally offers mid-degree placements of up to 12 months in areas such as civil engineering.
  • Atkins offers industrial placement years in a range of areas, including civil and structural engineering.
  • Babcock International Group offers placements of 12 months in areas such as quantity surveying and project management.
  • Balfour Beatty offers placements lasting 12 months in areas including civil engineering, quantity surveying and construction management.
  • Carter Jonas offers a sandwich-year placement in building surveying.
  • Gardiner & Theobald has 12-month industrial placements in cost management and project management for students on sandwich degrees.
  • ISG offers an industry year placement scheme, with specialisms in construction management, quantity surveying and building services management.
  • JLL offers sandwich years in building surveying and quantity surveying.
  • Kier offers 12-month industrial placements in areas such as construction management and civil engienering.
  • Mace offers industrial placements to students on sandwich-year courses in career areas including project management, construction management and quantity surveying.
  • Mott MacDonald offers industrial placements industrial placements in areas including flood risk and water resources.
  • Network Rail offers year-in-industry placements in areas including engineering, environment and sustainability, quantity surveying and project management.
  • Sellafield offers one-year industrial placements in areas such as construction management and civil engineering.
  • Skanska offers year-out placements in areas such as civil engineering, design engineering, construction management, project management, quantity surveying and the environment.
  • Talent Source Network coordinates opportunities on behalf of energy and utility companies and offers 12-month industrial placements in areas such as quantity surveying.

  • Wates offers year-out opportunities in areas including building services, site management and quantity surveying.

NB: These lists are not exhaustive. They are intended to act as a starting point for your work experience search rather than act as full and complete lists. Search for internships on TARGETjobs here.

Other construction and engineering work experience

You can win a summer internship or a year-in-industry placement with Laing O’Rourke by entering the TARGETjobs Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year competition. To be eligible to enter, you need to be in your penultimate year (or the second year of a four-year course) and studying civil engineering and quantity surveying. Gain tips on the application process for the Award here.

Mace provides Easter insight weeks for first- and second-year undergraduates.

Want to gain experience overseas? There are a number of placement providers that will organise construction-, engineering- and architecture-related placements in various international cities: these providers include The Intern Group and China Internship Placements LLC.

Step and ScotGrad offer graduates placement opportunities in a variety of roles with small-to-medium-sized businesses.

What are the deadlines for placements in construction, engineering and surveying?

Deadlines vary considerably from employer to employer. Many have fixed deadlines for their formal placements; most are setting their deadlines in November or December, although some employers set them between January and April. Other companies keep their work experience vacancies ‘open’ all year, although even these employers expect to fill most of their vacancies in the early part of the academic year.

What does this mean in practice?

Start looking and applying as early as October. Keep a special eye out for those that close before Christmas. As you move into summer, there may still be formal vacancies available but they will be fewer in number. You can also, of course, apply speculatively to local construction, engineering and surveying firms to see whether they can offer you some work experience. Barratt Developments, for example, is not running placements nationwide but advises you to contact local offices for ad hoc opportunities.

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