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Summer & Industrial Placements

Our Summer and Industrial Placement programme is designed for the brightest and most ambitious undergraduates. You will benefit from the opportunity to your academic studies with an engaging series of work placements that will give you a head start as you enter the world of work.


Laing O’Rourke offers undergraduate placements to those students studying an undergraduate degree with a sandwich year or those who prefer to do a summer placement between each academic year.

Summer placements: civil engineering & quantity surveying (applications for 2019 are now closed). 

Our Summer Placement Scheme offers civil engineering and quantity surveying undergraduates an 8-16-week placement for those who are passionate achieving their career ambitions in the built environment. 

Your summer placement will give you an insight into our world-class project-based business. You will get hands-on experience of working on one of our construction sites which will aid you with your university education. 

We understand that flexibility is important to you and therefore have designed the programme to fit with your summer plans. A core six-week programme has been designed for you to get the most value from the Summer Placement Scheme and we ask that you are available for the duration to complete your six learning sessions. These sessions will complement your practical experience on site. 

We ask you to complete a minimum of eight weeks to get the most out of placement, so you can extend your placement with us before or after the core six-week programme to suit both you and your project’s needs. 

Industry year placements

For students who are studying a four-year undergraduate degree with a sandwich year, we offer placements across our corporate functions and our engineering teams. 

An industry year is spent during your third year at university, when you will return to complete your final year as year four of your undergraduate degree. They typically start anytime between June and September after you’ve completed your second year to ensure you complete 12 months’ work experience before returning to university to complete your final year studies. 

Industry years are offered subject to business requirements so check back here to regularly to see if your discipline is offering an industry year. 

Subject to our recruiting requirements each year, completing a summer or industry year placement can be a feeder to our Graduate Development Programme (GDP).

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Helpful documents

Early talent programme brochure

Click here to download our early talent programme brochure.

Guide for parents and teachers

Click here to read the guide for parents and teachers.

A day in the life

John Dunn applied to our placements programme after hearing about it through his tutor at university.

I think I was the only person to apply from my course, but it's been worth it. Right now I'm working on the Metrolink extension.

"I was halfway through my first year, when my tutor mentioned this programme to us. I think I was the only person to apply from my course, but it’s been worth it. Right now I’m working on the Metrolink extension and it’s good to know that when this is complete, I can say ‘I was part of that’. But I’m also looking forward to the other placements, and I’m even hoping to do a 12-month placement. It really is an amazing experience and a great way to learn about the business and grow my skills."

John Dunn
Quantity Surveyor

Career progression

Students who complete a placement with us are encouraged to apply for our graduate programme.  This runs over two and half years and is designed to bring out the best in you and push you to your full potential as a future leader of our business.

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Summer & Industrial Placements

Entry requirements & application process

Does our placements programme sound interesting? Head over to the requirements and application page to find out more.  

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