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Information for employers


The Department of Engineering believes that internships play a key role in the development of undergraduate engineers. Consequently, engineering students need offers of suitable jobs during the long summer vacation, for periods varying from 4 - 12 weeks. The numbers undertaking these placements range between 560 - 600 each year and the CUED placements team present over 800 opportunities to our undergraduates annually.


What is it all about?

The engineering course at Cambridge covers a vast range of subject matter throughout the four year duration. Starting in the first year our undergraduate students learn the fundamental principles underpinning mechanical, civil, structural, electronic, electrical and software engineering. We also have a strong interest in life sciences, sustainability and manufacturing at a later stage in the course. 

Academic entry levels are extremely high at Cambridge and many of our students are achievers in non academic areas, see the list of our Olympian athletes available via Student Achievement Links.

Approximately 10 - 15% of our students are "deferred" entrants and have taken a year out prior to arrival at Cambridge. Most of them have spent this time in industry gaining additional skills and experience.

In addition to lectures and laboratories in the first and second year all students learn to:

  • Use electronic measurement equipment and build and program a Micropocessor
  • Utilise the basics of  Python or C++ as well use some MatLab Skills.
  • Undertake presentations
  • Use CAD equipment and draw by hand
  • Build and test a load bearing structure
  • In a team of six, build and test an autonomously guided vehicle from a box of components

In recent years there has been a development of extra curricular student engineering project teams based on activities which are linked to their studies. See the Student Projects link to the right for further information. If your organisation would like to become an active participant, click here for information on how to do it.


Students are available to work between mid-June and the end of September.