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Which IT and technology employers offer summer internships or industrial placements?

Find out about work experience schemes with major IT recruiters, including summer internships, industrial placement years and insights programmes.

Many graduate employers in the IT sector offer paid technology internships or formal work placements that can range from a couple of months during the summer vacation to a full sandwich year as part of your degree course. Often these are aimed at penultimate-year students. However, investment banks, a big employer of computer science graduates, are increasingly also holding short 'insights programmes' aimed at first years, or second years on four-year degrees.

Many employers use their placement schemes as the first stage in graduate recruitment – interns who impress may be fast-tracked through the graduate recruitment process.

Below is a selection of big-name technology recruiters who offer internships most years. Also take advantage of your university careers service to uncover opportunities with smaller employers.

IT summer internships

  • ARM offers summer placements
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch offers internships in numerous divisions, including technology
  • Barclays offers summer internships in its technology division
  • BT offers summer placements in software engineering
  • CGI has previously offered summer internships
  • Credit Suisse offers summer internships in various divisions, including information technology
  • Deutsche Bank has previously offered summer internships of eight to ten weeks in various divisions, including group technology and operations
  • Goldman Sachs offers ten-week summer internships
  • Google offers internships lasting between three months and one year, and a twelve-week 'trainee summer programme' in software engineering
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers a summer internship
  • IBM offers 12-week 'Extreme Blue' summer placements for second years
  • Imagination Technologies offers summer placements
  • Metaswitch Networks offers summer internships
  • M&G Investments offers eight- to ten-week summer internships in different technology roles
  • Morgan Stanley offers a ten- or 13-week summer technology internship
  • Nomura offers nine-week summer internships in technology
  • RM
  • Sparx offers summer internships
  • Tessella currently only offers summer internships to Oxford University physics undergraduates
  • TPP offers summer internships lasting approximately 12 weeks
  • UBS offers summer internships in numerous areas, including IT

IT industrial placements

  • ARM has previously offered industrial placements
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch offers industrial placements in its technology division
  • Barclays has previously offered industrial placements
  • BT offers 11-month industrial placements
  • CGI offers industrial placement years
  • Commerzbank
  • Credit Suisse offers industrial placements in its IT division
  • Deutsche Bank offers placements
  • Fidessa has previously offered industrial placements for penultimate-year students
  • Goldman Sachs offers technology placements
  • Google offers internships lasting between three months and one year
  • G-Research offers three- to six-month placement in software development
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers year-long placements
  • IBM offers 12-month placements for students undertaking this as part of their degree
  • Imagination Technologies offers industrial placements
  • Metaswitch Networks offers industrial placements
  • M&G Investments offers industrial placements in IT and technology lasting six to 12 months
  • Microsoft offers industrial placements
  • Morgan Stanley offers technology industrial placements lasting either 6 or 11 months
  • UBS offers three- to six-month industrial placements in some areas, including IT

Spring insight programmes and other IT work experience options

  • Barclays offers a one-week internship in the spring
  • Citi sometimes has ad hoc placements available, typically lasting between 6 and 12 weeks
  • Credit Suisse offers five-day spring insight programmes, one of which focuses on technology
  • Goldman Sachs offers two-week spring programmes in various divisions, including technology
  • Morgan Stanley offers a three-day spring insight programme in its technology division
  • Nomura offers short introductory events for first years (and second years on four year courses)
  • UBS offers a one-week 'insights' scheme in the spring – these have previously included a technology programme

Keep track of your IT placements

Keep detailed records of what work experience you've done, where, when and what you learned, and keep this list up to date. Come application time you can easily scan for the skills and examples that relate specifically to the role you're applying for.

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