Engineering Internships

The Best Engineering Internships, Graduate Schemes Of 2015

Completing an internship or graduate scheme is a great way to gain valuable work experience. From Google to NASA, we compile the best to apply for in 2015.

British manufacturing group Rolls-Royce offers hot young engineers two graduate schemes

British manufacturing group Rolls-Royce offers hot young engineers two graduate schemes

By Tola Shasanya.

Completing an internship during university is a great way to gain valuable work experience before entering into the real world.

Besides gaining useful experience, it is also a great way to distinguish one’s self in the graduate application process, as well as identify key areas of interest to build one’s career.

Graduate schemes are also a good first step to a fruitful career, with many leading on from internships.

1. BAE Systems

BAE Systems is a British multinational defence and aerospace engineering company headquartered in London, UK. Its US unit is one of the six largest suppliers to the US Department of Defence.

BAE operates a number of programs for engineering students and graduates across fields including civil, aeronautics and aerospace. They include:

The Engineering Graduate Development Framework (GDF): It’s a two-year scheme for graduates who are passionate about their fields of engineering. 

Requirement: 2:1 undergraduate degree in engineering, numerical or scientific subject.

Perks: Assigned mentor; attendance of graduate conference after completion of first year; starting salary of between £25,000 – £28,000; £2000 welcome payment; discounted healthcare; car lease; share schemes; 25 days holidays per annum; and up to 20% of annual salary available upfront as optional advance.

Deadline: 27 February 2015.

For more information visit: BAE

2. Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce was founded in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Frederick Henry Royce. It is mostly known worldwide for its luxury automobiles, but lesser known for its arguably more important role of producing aircraft engines that are used in powering most airliners that cross the world today.

In the same manner in which many associate Rolls-Royce as the “gold standard” in luxury cars, the same can be said of its engineering program; it is still one of the most coveted schemes out there.

Graduate Schemes: Two programs – Leadership Development and Professional Excellence.

Annual Intake: 400.

Requirement: 2:1.

Deadline: Ongoing.

Perks: £2,000 joining bonus through the Professional Excellence Program; £3,000 joining bonus through the Leadership Development Program; 33 days of holiday a year; bonus scheme; contribution pension arrangement; share plans; flexible working arrangements; life cover and accidental injury insurance; counselling service. 

Deadline: 27 February 2015.

For more information, visit: Rolls Royce

3. Jaguar Land Rover

The Jaguar Land rover automotive company has a long and complex history which dates as far back as 1968. It has since 2008 been a subsidiary of TATA Motors of India, but remains a staple of British engineering and still designs and produces desirable and highly sought-after automobiles.

Being one of the larger and more prominent engineering firms in the UK, they are an obvious choice for keen engineering graduates.

Internships: There are four program areas from engineering to product design and transportation. 

Requirement: A predicted 2:2 degree.

Perks: £2,000 joining bonus; car purchase scheme; access to on-site gym and other facilities.

For more information, visit: Jaguar Land Rover Careers

4. Google

The world’s leading search engine, Google is multinational technology corporation specialising in internet-related products and services. It was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998.

Location/Headquarters: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA (Silicon Valley).

Graduate Schemes Available: (UK) Mostly software engineering roles, most suited to computer science graduates. More senior project manager roles available for MSC, MBA and PhD degree holders.

Internship Opportunities: Summer trainee engineering program for software engineers.

Perks: The internship offers mentorship opportunities and a highly competitive salary; housing and travel logistics covered over the course of the internship; perks also include free food and refreshments, a free gym membership, laundry and dancing lessons.

For more information, visit: Google

5. Apple

Apple is a multinational technology corporation founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne that designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, software and personal computers.

Apple single-handily revolutionised portable music and computer hardware design with its iPod and colourful Mac computers. In recent years, innovations include the iPad and iWatch.

Location: UK headquarters at 235 Regent Street, London. W1B 2EL.

Internships Available: Internships are available in the UK and US across areas such as power design engineering, software development and hardware engineering.

Perks: Apple offers fully-equipped housing with other interns, with access to pool and gym facilities; and one of the highest intern salaries.

For more information, visit: Apple careers

6. Microsoft

Microsoft is a multinational technology corporation that develops, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics, and personal computers. It was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington.

Graduate Schemes Available: Roles available across technical development and project management.

Internships Available: Technical roles including software development and user experience and visual design.

Perks: Perks include mentorship opportunities; subsidised gym memberships and restaurants; income protection; flexible benefits package.

For more information about graduate roles, visit: Microsoft graduates   


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is the US government agency for aeronautics and aerospace research, and the civilian space program.

Founded in 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower in response to the soviet launch of Sputnik 1, the world’s first artificial satellite, NASA went on to capture the minds of a generation with the Apollo program and the moon landings.

NASA still boasts of one of the best engineering programs for graduates in the world, with multiple entry programs.

Graduate Schemes: There are three broad program areas – aeronautics, scientific and technical. 

Requirement: Position specific requirements; must be a US citizen.

Internships: Aeronautics, scientific and technical. 

Requirement: 2.9 GPA; must be a US citizen.

For more information, visit: NASA Jobs

8. Boeing:

Boeing was founded in 1916 by William Boeing, who wanted to build planes after an earlier stint in the timber industry.

His ties to timber helped in the design of his early planes and also to weather the oversupply of planes after WW I that led to the closure of most other plane companies.

Boeing has since gone on to become the biggest aeronautics firm in the US, with 747 commercial passenger jets. Its engineering program is thus one of the best and most enviable out there.

Graduate Schemes: The Boeing Engineering Career Foundation Program.

Requirement: Completion of a relevant bachelors degree.

Internships: The company offers an internship program in engineering.

Annual Intake: 500+

Requirement: Availability for 10 to 12 weeks, and must be enrolled in a relevant program.

Deadline: Opens August/September 2015, for entry in 2016.

Perks: Relocation benefits; healthcare benefits; opportunity to invest in company; savings plan.

For more information, visit: Boeing

9. Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is an aerospace, defence, security and advanced technology company. Founded by the merger of Lockheed Corporation and Martin Marietta in 1995, the company is based in Bethesda, Maryland (US).

It is one of the world's largest defence contractors. It goes without saying that an engineering program with Lockheed Martin represents one of the best opportunities to work with next generation technologies, and is accordingly highly sought-after.

Graduate Schemes: The engineering graduate program covers systems, software and mechanical engineering.

Requirement: Degree in a relevant subject.

Internships: The engineering internship program covers systems, software and mechanical engineering.

Requirement: Undertaking a course in a relevant subject.

Perks: Private medical cover; group income protection; a pension; employee health assessments; flu vaccinations; fitness reimbursement.

For more information, visit: Lockheed Martin

10. Arup

Arup is a multinational firm of consulting engineers, designers, consultants and technical specialists. It was founded by Sir Ove Arup in 1946.

Arup is responsible for a lot of the most exceptional design structures known the world over, including the Sydney Opera House and London’s 30 St. Mary's Axe, also known as the Gherkin.

Graduate Schemes: Intake is 200+.

Requirements: 2:1 in any relevant degree.

Internships: 80+.

Requirements: Must be on track to achieve a 2:1 in your degree.

Perks: Welcome bonus of between £2,000 – £4,000; private medical insurance; free eye tests; life and accident insurance; flexible benefit funds which can be used to purchase other benefits like gym memberships and iPads, or can be converted to cash; profit-sharing based on grade and length of service in addition to salary, paid twice a year.

For more information, visit: Arup


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