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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.

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

Construction, engineering and/or surveying summer internships

  • AECOM usually offers summer placements of six to eight weeks
  • Amey traditionally offers summer internships
  • Arup typically offers summer placements of six to eight weeks
  • Atkins offers summer internships to students of any degree year
  • Babcock International Group usually offers summer internships of ten to twelve weeks
  • Balfour Beatty offers summer placements of eight to twelve weeks in civil engineering, quantity surveying, construction management and commercial management
  • BAM Construct UK Ltd typically offers summer internships
  • Barratt Homes offers a number of summer placements to first- and second-year students
  • Bechtel offers eight-week summer internships
  • CH2M HILL offers internships
  • Cushman & Wakefield LLP offers four- to eight-week summer internships
  • Galliford Try plc offers summer placements in areas such as site management and quantity surveying
  • Gardiner & Theobald offers internships lasting three months
  • Hoare Lea offers summer placements that last between eight and twelve weeks
  • JLL offers four-week long summer internships for penultimate year students, finalists and postgraduates
  • Mace offers ten-week summer placements to students of any degree year
  • Mott MacDonald offers a variety of summer internships, typically around eight weeks in length
  • Sir Robert McAlpine typically offers placements of eight to twelve weeks
  • Skanska offers eight-week summer internships in construction management among other areas
  • Transport for London offers summer internships lasting twelve weeks

Construction, engineering and/or surveying industrial placements for sandwich years

  • AECOM offers industrial year placements in civil engineering, quantity surveying and project management
  • Amey usually offers industrial placements
  • Arup traditionally offers mid-degree placements of eight to twelve months
  • Atkins offers industrial placements of eight to twelve months
  • Babcock International Group offers industrial placements of six months or one year
  • Balfour Beatty offers placements of six or twelve months in civil engineering, quantity surveying, construction management and commercial management
  • BAM Construct UK Ltd offers industrial placements of six to twelve months. Placements are typically in, but not limited to, site management, quantity surveying and design management
  • Barratt Homes offers a 48-week programme specialising in site management, quantity surveying, land and planning or engineering and design.
  • CH2M HILL offers industrial placements
  • Cushman & Wakefield LLP offers ten-month business placements
  • Galliford Try plc offers placement years in areas such as site management and quantity surveying
  • Gardiner & Theobald offers 12-month placements
  • JLL offers sandwich years in building surveying, commercial property, hotels and business support
  • Mace offers undergraduates 12-month industrial placements as part of a sandwich degree
  • Mott MacDonald offers industrial placements lasting 12 months
  • Network Rail offers 48-week industrial placements
  • Skanska UK offers industrial placements lasting up to 12 months
  • Transport for London offers one-year industrial placements

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

To get work experience at Laing O’Rourke, you must successfully apply to its sponsorship programme (or win its Undergraduate of the Year award).

The Intern Group offers engineering and architectural internships overseas that can last between six weeks and six months.

STEP also offers graduates placements in a variety of roles with small-to-medium-sized businesses – graduates in construction and engineering can apply for design technician roles, among others.

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

Deadlines do vary from employer to employer. Many have fixed deadlines for their formal placements; some deadlines are set between January and the beginning of April, but an increasing number of employers are setting their deadlines before Christmas. 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 year.

Keep an eye out for the placements that close before Christmas. Start looking and applying as early as October and continue into the early spring. If you’ve missed the boat, 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.