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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 enhance your academic studies with an engaging series of paid 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.

Our summer placement scheme offers undergraduates a 6-12 week placement for those who are passionate about achieving their career ambitions in the built environment. Perform well enough and you may get the chance to join our Graduate Development Programme.

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, along with structured training, group activities, guidance and support which will aid you with your university education.

We understand that flexibility is important to you and therefore we’ve 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 and Industrial Placement 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 six 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. 

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Helpful documents

Early talent programme brochure

Click here to view 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

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

Summer and Industrial Placement student
The joy of seeing your work signed and issued is a feeling that is unparalleled."

"Being able to proudly say that you’ve helped in the construction of incredible structures that define a city is an amazing feeling that is very rare to achieve in any other industry. There is always support on the job and something new to learn daily. Every day is a new highlight and no two days are the same. If I was to choose one highlight, I’d say sending out my first crane scheme from start to finish. The joy of seeing your work signed and issued is a feeling that is unparalleled."

Summer placement student engineer

Career progression

Students who complete a successful Summer/Industrial placement will be automatically put forward for our Graduate Development Programme. This means you will not need to apply nor go through the assessment centre process. 

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Summer & Industrial Placements

Entry requirements & application process

We are looking for exceptional and focused undergraduates who are looking to specialise in civil engineering or quantity surveying.  

We particularly encourage first-year students to apply in order to maximise the number of work placements you can complete before graduation. 

You will need to meet the following criteria:  

  • You must be eligible to work in the UK without restrictions with a valid work permit, if applicable. 

  • You will be required to travel and possibly relocate for your rotational placements. 

  • You must be on target to achieve a 1st or 2:1 degree classification. 

  • You must be currently studying an accredited degree in your specific field. 

This programme is only available in the UK. 

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