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Industrial Placements



The Department of Engineering believes that internships play a key role in the development of undergraduate engineers. Generally, students undertake their internships in the summer months, usually for periods varying from 6 - 12 weeks. They are available to work from mid-June to the end of September.


Cambridge University engineering course

The 4 year Masters Engineering course covers all the major engineering disciplines: Aeronautical, Biomedical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Information, Manufacturing, Mechanical and Structural engineering. Chemical Engineering can also be studied, although this will mean transferring to a separate Department after the end of the first year of the course.

The Cambridge Engineering course also has a unique structure. The first two years will provide students with an unrivalled breadth of knowledge across the field of engineering, then in the third and fourth years they can concentrate on an area of specialisation in particular fields of engineering such as life sciences, sustainability and manufacturing. The 4th year is where they complete their Masters in Engineering.

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 and MatLab
  • 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

Here is a link to the course content here at Cambridge:

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-led projects webpage for further information. If your organisation would like to become an active participant, click here for information on how to do it.

The links below provide useful information on the internship requirements and how the recuitment and selection process works.

Internship requirements

Relevant industrial experience is defined as work of a technical nature that is related to the subjects studied in the Engineering Tripos and the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos. Aeronautical, Biomedical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Environmental, Information, Manufacturing, Mechanical or Structural engineering.

Recruitment process and selection

Guidelines on how to recruit a Cambridge engineering student.


Information on students' salaries and extra funding that's available.

Health and safety and insurance

Guidelines on our health and safety and insurance policies.

Internship advice

A CIPD guide for employers offering internships.

The Department of Engineering have an Industrial Placements Team dedicated to assisting the current undergraduate students in securing summer internships as well as working closely with employers to promote vacancies and encourage applications for their internship opportunities.

Whether you are a large or small company, if you think you have some useful work or a project that could be completed by an engineering student, or you need any more information or wish to discuss any aspect of the internship process, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.

The Industrial Placements team are:

Vicky Houghton, Industrial Placements Coordinator      

Claire Pheasant, Industrial Placements Administrator