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The engineering employers who offer summer internships and industrial placements

Which engineering employers offer summer internships or industrial placements?

The majority of leading engineering companies offer work experience to student engineers. Here’s what’s on offer.

Relevant work experience isn’t essential for getting a graduate engineering job – however, it certainly helps. To help you find the right placement for you, we've put together a guide to the formal opportunities offered by leading UK engineering employers in 2019. Here you'll find a list of summer internships and, below that, a list of industrial placement years you could apply for. You can also click the highlighted links below to go straight to each section.

Summer internships | Industrial placements

Engineering internships in the summer vacations

Numerous employers offer engineering summer placements. Some are open to any student, while others are limited to penultimate year students. Here are a number to consider:

  • AECOM: offers summer placements typically lasting between six and eight weeks.
  • Airbus: offers some three-month long placements for undergraduates.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler: offers summer internships lasting up to ten weeks.
  • Atkins: summer placements, usually a minimum of 12 weeks, are available for students at any stage in their degree.
  • Babcock International Group: offers 10-to-12 week summer placements to penultimate-year students.
  • BAE Systems: offers a 12-week summer internship scheme.
  • Balfour Beatty: has a summer placement scheme lasting between 8 and 12 weeks.
  • BMW Group: offers a small number of short-term internships (its website states that candidates should allow at least two months for their internship).
  • BP: runs a summer internship for students in their penultimate year or students in their final year who are going on to do a masters.
  • Centrica: offers summer internships lasting 10 weeks.
  • Costain: runs an 8-12-week summer placement as part of its Sponsored Student Programme.
  • Cummins: runs a 10-12-week summer placement programme.
  • Dialog Semiconductor: offers summer internships that last between four weeks and three months for students undertaking an undergraduate or postgraduate degree.
  • Dyson: offers a three-month engineering internship.
  • EDF Energy: offers 10-12-week summer internships.
  • E.ON: offers ten-week summer placements.
  • ExxonMobil: offers summer placements typically lasting eight weeks.
  • Ford Motor Group: offers vacation trainee opportunities lasting a maximum of 12 weeks.
  • Goldman Sachs: offers an engineering summer internship.
  • GSK: runs summer placements of 8 to 12 weeks.
  • Jaguar Land Rover: offers a three-month summer internship for penultimate-year students.
  • Laing O'Rourke: runs summer placements ranging from a minimum of 8 weeks to 16 weeks long and encourages applications from first-year students.
  • Leonardo: offers summer placements.
  • Lighthouse Systems Ltd: runs a software developer placement year.
  • Lloyd’s Register: offers summer internships.
  • Lockheed Martin: runs a summer internship programme.
  • Mace: offers a ten-week summer placement for first-, second- and penultimate-year undergraduates.
  • Mars: has a 12-week summer internship.
  • MBDA UK: runs a 10-12-week summer placement programme.
  • Metaswitch: offers summer internships, lasting a minimum of eight weeks, to all undergraduates.
  • Mott MacDonald: offers an 8-12-week summer internship.
  • National Grid: offers a number of 12-week summer internships.
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK: runs a ten-week summer placement programme.
  • Rolls-Royce: runs 10-week summer internships and accepts applications from first-years.
  • Shell: runs an assessed internship programme.
  • Siemens: offers three-month long summer internships.
  • Skanska UK: offers an eight-week summer placement.
  • Tata Steel: offers three-month placements.
  • Tesco: runs a ten-week technology software engineering summer internship.
  • Thales: runs a three-month internship for engineering students at any stage of their degree.
  • Transport for London: offers ten-week summer placements for penultimate-year students.
  • Unilever: has a 12-week summer placement in research and development or supply chain for penultimate-year students.

Engineering industrial placements

Engineering industrial placements (also sometimes called a year in industry) tend to last for 12 months, although in some cases they can be shorter. Some are restricted to penultimate-year students, while others are more flexible. Here's a number to consider:

  • AECOM: offers industrial placements lasting between 6 and 12 months.
  • Airbus: placements lasting between 6 and 12 months are available to undergraduates.
  • Amec Foster Wheeler: offers placements lasting 12 months to students in their third year of a four-year sandwich course or those taking a year out.
  • Atkins: industrial placements between 8 and 12 months long are available for students who have the option to take a year out and work with an employer.
  • Babcock International Group: offers 6-month and 12-month placements to students who are due to spend a year in industry as part of their degree.
  • BAE Systems: 12-month industrial placements are available.
  • Balfour Beatty: offers an annual internship scheme that lasts up to 12 months.
  • BMW Group: most of its internships are for six months.
  • Bosch: runs a 12-month placement scheme for undergraduates – 6-month internships are possible in some cases.
  • Caterpillar: offers 12-month industrial placements for pre-final-year undergraduates.
  • Centrica: hires year in industry students.
  • Costain: offers an industrial placement period (6 to 12 months) as part of its Sponsored Student Programme.
  • Cummins: runs a 12-month industrial placement scheme.
  • Dialog Semiconductor: offers several one-year industrial placements.
  • DSTL: runs one-year industrial placements for undergraduate students part way through their degree.
  • Dyson: offers a 6- or 12-month engineering internship.
  • EDF Energy: offers 12-month industrial placements.
  • E.ON: offers 48-week industrial placements.
  • ExxonMobil: offers 13-month industrial placements.
  • Ford Motor Company: offers 12-month placements. NB these are called 'business placements' but cover all functions, including electrified vehicle product development.
  • GE: offers a 12-month internship.
  • GSK: offers one-year industrial placements to fit in with sandwich degrees.
  • Jaguar Land Rover: offers 6-, 12- or 15-month industrial placements for penultimate-year students or those applying for a placement as a formal part of their degree.
  • L-3 TRL Technology: runs 12-month industrial internships.
  • Laing O'Rourke: offers industrial placements lasting 12 months for those studying a sandwich degree.
  • Leonardo: offers industrial placements.
  • Lockheed Martin: runs a 12-month placement for students on a sandwich degree.
  • Mace: offers 12-month industrial placements to students looking for a year in industry as part of a sandwich course.
  • Mars: has industrial placements lasting 12 months.
  • Max Fordham: offers a 6-8-month industrial placement starting in January 2019.
  • MBDA UK: runs industrial placement years.
  • Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains: offers a number of 12-month placements to undergraduates.
  • Metaswitch: offers internships lasting up to one year.
  • Mott MacDonald: has 12-month industrial placements.
  • National Grid: offers 12-month industrial placements for penultimate-year students.
  • National Instruments: runs a 12-month internship on its engineering leadership programme.
  • Network Rail: offers an engineering year in industry scheme.
  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK offers a one-year industrial placement.
  • Rolls-Royce: offers a 12-month internship.
  • Siemens: provides 12-month industrial placements.
  • Skanska UK: runs a one-year internship.
  • Tata Steel: offers 12-month placements.
  • Thales: runs a 12-month internship for students at any stage of their degree.
  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd: runs an industrial placement year scheme.
  • UK Power Networks: offers engineering powering placements of 10-12 months to students looking for a year in industry between their second and third year of university.
  • Unilever: offers a 12-month industrial placement in research and development or supply chain for penultimate-year students.

Getting an engineering job without work experience

Employers’ views differ as to how important it is for graduate scheme applicants to have engineering work experience. A number point out that, while they value it, they are very happy to consider graduates who can demonstrate the required competences by drawing on other areas of their lives. These might include extracurricular activities, voluntary work, part-time jobs or work experience outside of engineering. Head to our article on what to plan for your summer if you can't find an engineering internship for more ideas.