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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.

Looking for a summer placement or 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 surveying

  • AECOM offers summer placements lasting six to eight weeks.
  • Arcadis offers a small number of summer internships in a range of roles, including project management, bridge engineering and geotechnical engineering.
  • Arup typically offers summer placements in areas including fire engineering.
  • Babcock International Group usually offers summer internships in roles including civil engineering and marine of ten to 12 weeks.
  • Balfour Beatty offers summer placements of eight to 12 weeks in civil engineering and quantity surveying.
  • JLL offers summer internships in quantity surveying and building surveying, aimed at students graduating from their course in time for the following September.
  • Laing O'Rourke offers summer internships in civil engineering and quantity surveying.
  • Mace offers ten-week summer internships to first-, second- and penultimate-year students in areas such as project management, design management, construction management, facilities management, quantity surveying and building surveying.
  • Mott MacDonald offers summer internships of between eight and 12 weeks in environmental consultancy, civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and building services engineering.
  • Network Rail runs summer placements in areas such as civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Sir Robert McAlpine offers summer placements for those on construction-related degrees.
  • SNC Lavalin's Atkins Business offers summer internships to students of any university year for a minimum of 12 weeks.
  • 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 years in construction, engineering and surveying

  • AECOM offers industrial placements lasting six to 12 months.
  • Arcadis offers industrial and sandwich-year placements in areas such as project management and quantity surveying.
  • Arup traditionally offers mid-degree placements of up to 12 months in areas such as civil engineering.
  • Babcock International Group offers placements of either six months or 12 months in areas such as marine engineering.
  • Balfour Beatty offers placements of six or 12 months in civil engineering, quantity surveying and construction management.
  • Gardiner & Theobald has 12-month industrial placements in cost management and project management for students on sandwich degrees.
  • ISG offers sandwich-year placements, most frequently in construction management, quantity surveying and building services.
  • JLL offers sandwich years in building surveying and quantity surveying.
  • Laing O'Rourke offers year placements in a range of roles that vary each year according to business needs.
  • 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 lasting six to 12 months in environmental consultancy, civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering.
  • Network Rail offers year-in-industry placements in engineering, environment and sustainability, quantity surveying and project management.
  • Sir Robert McAlpine offers industrial training placements of six or 12 months.
  • Skanska offers industrial placements lasting up to twelve months in civil engineering, design engineering, construction management, project management, quantity surveying and the environment.
  • SNC Lavalin's Atkins and Faithful+Gould Businesses offer industrial placements lasting from eight to 12 months in areas ranging from environmental engineering to quantity surveying.
  • Wates offers year-out opportunities in 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.

Other construction and engineering work experience

You can win a summer internship 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 an undergraduate student in your first or second year of a three-year course or in your first, second or third year of a four-year course. You’ll also need to be studying construction, quantity surveying or civil, mechanical, electrical or architectural engineering.

Mace is among the construction employers that offer Easter insight weeks for first- and second-year undergraduates.

Want to gain experience overseas? The Intern Group arranges engineering and architectural internships in locations such as Madrid and Bangkok that can last between four weeks and six months.

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; increasing numbers are setting their deadlines before Christmas, although some 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 and continue into the early spring. 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.