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Shape your future

At Arup, we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and deliver what seems impossible. We choose work that aligns with our values, working with clients on ambitious projects that will set new standards.

When you join Arup on our industrial and summer internships, you’ll belong to an extraordinary collective – in which we encourage individuality to thrive. Working on real projects, you’ll add value to clients from your first day, while exploring challenges with curiosity and creativity.

Arup are proud to regularly feature as one of the top UK employers of interns. It’s a testament to our commitment to providing a solid foundation to your development.

Whether you’re looking for a summer role a few weeks, or a longer placement of up to 12 months, we offer many possibilities to shape a better world, where you can contribute with your diverse talents.

250+ Internships available annually

Taking your career forward with Arup

Our aim to provide fulfilling and rewarding careers demonstrates our commitment to our people. From the beginning, you’ll join a growing organisation which offers you many possibilities to shape a better world, and your future.

Our scheme

Each year we recruit interns across our UK offices, which span 16 locations. We have a strong network of friendly apprentices and graduates who look forward to helping you settle into your role. You'll also have the support of more experienced team members, who are on hand to coach you through your projects.

No two roles are the same and here you’ll have freedom combined with the personal responsibility from day one. Our internships are varied, challenging and rewarding, designed to provide you with real skills that you can carry forward once complete. Successful internships often lead to graduate positions, and therefore this is a great opportunity to find out what it feels to belong to an extraordinary collective at Arup. 

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Meet our interns

I researched the company and I was impressed by its projects like the Sydney Opera House & The London Eye. I immediately knew that I wanted to be part of a group that is truly interested in “shaping a better world”.

Arup's involvement with large scale civil engineering projects and reputation for innovative structural design also makes them an attractive company to do an internship with.

Starting your application

We understand that applying for jobs can be a difficult, and at times daunting process. We’ve kept our process simple and straight-forward so that you can perform at your best, and our friendly Early Careers Team are always on hand to answer questions.

We open for applications in December, and our positions may feature across several of our business areas. To find out more and apply, be sure to click on your desired discipline to see more roles within the job adverts. You can also sign up for email job alerts so that you’re automatically notified when a new position is advertised.

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Internship application process

If you require support throughout this process chat to us via our live chat on the website weekdays 9am to 3pm or email us at [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the application process involve?

Our application process consists of the following stages:

  • Online application form – basic details and application questions
  • Application review by a recruiter
  • Psychometric & ability assessments
  • Shortlisting
  • A competency-based online Assessment Centre. These may vary depending on the role, but you’ll be given more information when you’re invited to attended.

I am interested in applying to an Arup placement programme. When will applications open?

Applications for most Industrial Placement and Summer Internship programmes will open from December. In the meantime, you can register your interest by joining our talent community. We'll then reach out to you with more information about our vacancies once they have been opened. 

When is your deadline for applications?

We process applications as soon as we receive them and so we strongly advise candidates submit their applications as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed.

How many application forms can I submit?

You can only complete one application during each recruitment period, so please only apply for the position that suits you best. Additional applications will not be considered.

What vacancies are available at which location?

As we work in multidisciplinary offices, there are various roles available in each of our 16 UK locations. These locations are; Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Birmingham, Whitehaven, Winchester and York.

What is the structure of the Assessment Session

You’ll virtually meet the hiring team and recent graduates on our virtual assessment platform, take part in an individual written/technical exercise, case study presentation and a competency-based interview. You will also meet with a member of the Early Careers Team to discuss the assessment in more detail and have the opportunity to ask any questions before starting. Assessment centres may vary depending on the role, but you’ll be given more information in your invite. We aim to let you know the outcome of the assessment centre within 2 weeks.

What do I do if I have a disability or learning difference which may affect my performance during the selection process?

Arup is committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. We strongly encourage you to share any adjustments that will support your participation in our recruitment process.

You’ll get the chance to tell us about any disability or learning difference on your application form and before coming to the assessment. We’ll then make the appropriate arrangements for you. The information gathered during this process is only used to make reasonable adjustments and is not considered in any other context of your application.

When is the expected to start and end date?

Our summer placement intern students typically start at the end of June/early July and can last from 6-8 weeks. Our industrial internships (Year in Industry) start in July/August. We will try our best to meet your start and end date needs, depending on current projects and management requirements.

Do you employ interns requiring a Certificate of Sponsorship (work permit)?

We are unable to offer a Certificate of Sponsorship for our placement vacancies, we do however accept candidates who already have a tier 4 visa and the right to work in the UK on a fixed term contract (please check your right to work restrictions).

Do you offer work experience?

We reserve our work experience for pre university students. To apply we would need you to create a CV and cover letter addressed to the Arup office of your choosing and send it in via email to the relevant office. Please visit our UK page to find out more about our locations.

What can I expect to do during my placement?

Our industrial and summer placements work alongside our senior professionals on real projects. You would be helping liaise with clients, write reports and visit sites to name just some of the responsibilities. As a valued member of the team you may be asked to work on any aspect of a project.

Will I be considered for a graduate position once I have completed my placement?

At the end of your placement and pending your overall performance, you may be considered for a Graduate Programme opportunity. Arup is actively committed to retaining successful interns.

Can I use AI powered writing assistants during the application process

We know that AI powered writing assistants can help you improve content and save time, however during our application process we would kindly ask you to refrain from using these tools. Our application process is designed so we can learn about your interests, background and aspirations – and to do this, we want to hear from you directly in your responses.