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At Arup we strive to make a positive difference in the world, and we’re looking for curious students to join us.

Our industrial and summer internships provide a valuable insight into all areas of the built environment. Working on real projects and collaborating with our experienced teams, you’ll add value to clients from your first day, whilst exploring your skills and interests.

We 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’re sure to have a role that interests you and makes the most of your 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 your first day, you’ll join an unrivaled community of experts in a supportive culture where everyone’s happy to help and genuinely wants to see you succeed.


Our scheme

Each year we recruit around 250 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. They’ve been in your shoes and offer great support and advice to our new joiners, so you’re never alone. 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 you’ll have real 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 working life at Arup is like, first hand.

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Meet our interns

Anna Smolin

With one-third of the urban population living below the poverty line and severe climate crisis, it has been imperative for me to choose the discipline which allows to get involved and help with wider social and global issues, and therefore, to work in the company that enables that. And Arup certainly does.

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 September, and each vacancy has a clear closing date which you’ll find published on the job description. 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

To support you through this process we organise regular live chats with our Early Careers Team and recent interns. To find out the next scheduled chat or to receive application advice, please 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
  • Shortlisting by hiring manager
  • A competency-based online interview. Interviews may vary depending on the role, but you’ll be given more information when you’re invited to attended. Interviews are scheduled to take place from January.y. We encourage you to review our events page regularly for updates. Recrutment will continue to be organised in an online format to ensure the safety of all.

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

Applications for most Industrial Placement and Summer Internship programmes will open in late November. 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?

You’ll find deadlines for specific roles included in the job description and within the advertisement on our website. We process applications as soon as we receive them and so we strongly advise candidates to submit early applications.

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 be regretted.

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, Solihull, Whitehaven, Winchester and York.

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 students typically start at the end of June/early July and can last from 6-8 weeks. Our industrial placements (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 will automatically be considered for a Graduate Programme opportunity.

How has COVID-19 effected working at Arup and recruitment?

We have begun the reopening of our offices following guidance set out by the government, and will be looking at a more flexible homeworking pattern for the future. Many of our events taking place during Autumn / Winter 2021 will take place virtually. We encourage you to review our events page regularly for updates. Recrutment will continue to be organised in an online format to ensure the safety of all.

For further information on how we are responding to Covid-19 please click here.