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Summer & Industrial Placements:
Development & Application

Find out more about what to expect from the application and selection process, hints and tips for writing your CV and attending an interview and read some of the most commonly asked questions about the recruitment process.

Entry requirements

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.

Selection process & application

We recruit for the summer and industrial placement programme on an ongoing basis until all roles are filled. We therefore encourage early application to any of our roles for the programme. 

Providing you are successful at the interview, you will receive a written formal offer for the summer/industrial programme.

  • Step 1

    Apply online

    Once we have reviewed your online application, if successful, you will receive an email inviting you to complete step 2 of the selection process.

  • Step 2

    Online testing

    You will be invited to complete a series of verbal reasoning, diagrammatical and numerical online tests. If successful, you will receive an invite to stage three of the selection process.

  • Step 3


    Upon successful completion of the online testing, you will be invited to complete a structured interview either on campus or at one of our project sites or offices.

Hints & tips

A successful application begins with an exciting CV and ends with an engaging interview. Here we provide some quick tips for job applicants to help you make the most of your strengths and ensure you stand out from the competition. 

Your CV
The CV is your first opportunity to make an impression on a potential employer. So it is important that it provides the best possible showcase for your achievements.

CV writing tips

  • Your CV should be easy to read: use clear fonts, bullet points and concise language.
  • If you are still studying start with your education and any relevant qualifications or training, detail what the subjects are and any predicted/achieved grades 
  • If you have worked summarise your employment history with the most recent position you have held, using action verbs for the greatest impact
  • Highlight your individual achievements - not just those where you have excelled as part of a team.
  • Always provide contact details, both mobile and email address 
  • Spell-check your CV and ask someone to proof read it for you.
Your interview

What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? We offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day, and take control of your own destiny.

Learn as much as you can about Laing O’Rourke: who we are, our services, and our vision for the years ahead. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals are aligned with ours, and why you think you’ll succeed in our organisation.

Prepare a list of questions for your interviewer(s): so you can assess whether Laing O’Rourke is the right place to launch your career. Ask us about our organisation, our projects, the opportunities we can offer you and what you can expect from us. Remember the recruitment process is two-way so this is your time to decide if we are the right employer for you.

Try to relax and remember that we're interested in the real you: Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you. We know interviews can be stressful, but we want you to enjoy it. Listen carefully to each question and take time to think about your best answer. Think about your strengths and weaknesses, achievements and aspirations - and be ready to discuss them. 

Talk to us: we're friendly and always happy to answer your questions. Come along to one of our events on campus or in our offices, and ask our current school leavers or graduates what it's really like to work at Laing O’Rourke.

Get expert advice: your careers service can provide advice and guidance to help you complete your application form and even run you through practice interviews. Parents, family and friends can be  really useful sources of information too.

On the day
  • Dress appropriately for the environment. 
  • Maintain eye contact, confidence and energy levels throughout. 
  • If you can reflect on your development so far, talk about what you have learnt and explain if there is anything you would have done differently, this will be viewed in a positive light. 
  • Listen carefully to questions and think about your answers. If you don’t understand a question, ask your interviewer to explain it.
  • Keep your answers concise and relevant.
  • Refer to specific examples where you can demonstrate your knowledge and experience

Frequently asked questions

When will I receive feedback from my application?

You will receive feedback within 30 days of submitting your CV.

Can I update my CV on your system?

Yes, you can log into your account via our website to edit or upload new information.

I have entered the wrong contact details on your system how do I change them?

You can log into your account via our website to edit or upload new information.

Do you show a preference to internal applicants?

Laing O'Rourke recgonises the importance of promoting within and giving opportunity to employees. However, it is in our best interest to recruit the very best available talent and the candidate most suited for the position.

Who do I contact if I have a question about a vacancy?

Please email queries to

Who will contact me regarding my interview?

Should you be invited to attend an interview then the hiring manager or a member of the human resources team will contact you directly.

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