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Our Schemes

Summer Internship

Summer Internship
Our 12-week summer internship scheme for opportunities in business, consultancy, engineering, finance or technical delivery.

Scheme Overview

What better way to put theory into practice? A summer internship at BAE Systems will give you a 12-week  insight into working life in one of our UK businesses and further develop your skills. Our internships provide on-the-job training within a structured framework and we only offer these placements when there is real work to be completed so if you want to make an impact next Summer, read on to see what opportunities are available, and the associated benefits.

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Where Could You Be?

Electronic Systems: Electronic Systems is a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of mission-critical products – from flight and engine controls to electronic warfare and night visions systems, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors to networked communications equipment. Our cutting-edge technology is used in 100 countries, by 280 airlines and by 25 air forces. If you have the imagination and determination to be involved in real, life-changing innovations every day, than you'll be a perfect fit for this business.
Head Office:  BAE Systems Head Office is based in Central London and Farnborough, Hampshire. Head Office is home to a wide range of vital departments, from Strategy and Legal, to HR and Business Development. It is an exciting environment, where people at all levels across the business exchange ideas and develop new projects. We only employ the best – so join us and you'll be part of something important, something that will make you proud.
Land (UK):  Land UK are experts on combat vehicles and munition products. We supply the Armed Forces with the most state of the art equipment available, and offer in service support and life extension programmes, along with a range of engineering and supply services. With a wide range of vital departments, from Engineering to Operations, and functions including Strategy, Legal, Finance, HR and Business Development. It is an exciting environment, where people at all levels across the business exchange ideas and develop new projects. We only employ the best – so join us and you'll be part of something important, something that will make you proud. We're looking for people with the drive, passion and determination to help build and develop our future business growth aspirations.
Maritime Services: Maritime Services delivers end-to-end services and support to over half of the Royal Navy’s Surface Fleet. You could join over 3,500 employees across our UK sites and help deliver a range of services. We are proud to support the Royal Navy and provide everything they need to live and work at Portsmouth Naval Base. If you want to be part of our future working in partnership with the Royal Navy then a career in Maritime Services awaits you.
Military Air & Information Our team designs, manufactures and supports some of the most advanced military aircraft in the world. As well as working with the UK's Ministry of Defence, we supply products and support services to customers in over 30 countries across the globe. If you’re passionate about delivering excellence and are ready to use your skills to support some of the world’s most significant aerospace sector organisations, this is the place for you.
Naval Ships  By joining us, you’ll be working on projects that will help safeguard our nation for generations to come, including the Royal Navy’s new Offshore Patrol Vessels and Type 26 Global Combat Ships, while also being a part of our exciting transformation into a world class naval engineering business. At the heart of all these ships are state-of-the-art combat systems, which we design, build and integrate and which you could have the chance to continually develop and improve. Our combat systems are in operation with more than 20 countries around the world and this technology is vital in providing crew members with the information and capabilities they need to operate effectively, whether protecting the world’s shipping lanes or providing humanitarian relief.
Submarines: Working with our team you'll join a group of experts who have been responsible for building every submarine currently in service with the Royal Navy. Your specialist knowledge will come to the fore when it comes to providing professional electrical design capability, supporting test and trials analysis to ensure the equipment meets the original design intent and being actively involved in concept design.

Your Learning and Development 

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work and that is why all our Summer Internships offer you the chance to hone your skills and gain valuable industry experience. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice, learn from colleagues who are experts in their field, and gain insights that can only come from real world experience. In addition, we have partnered with EAL (the specialist, employer-recognised awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors) so that individuals who complete the full internship will receive a certificate to recognise their contribution to the sector.


  • Starting salary of £16,800 per annum (pro-rata)
  • 6.5 days holiday (for the 12 week internship)
  • End-internship conference
  • Individuals who demonstrate outstanding performance on the internship will not have to complete all the stages of the Graduate Development Framework recruitment process should they wish to join us after graduation.


What You’ll Need


To join our Summer Internship scheme you must be available for the 12 weeks (though you are entitled to 6.5 days of leave during that time) and on course to achieve at least a 2:1 Bachelors degree. This can be in any subject for our business oppportunities and a finance related subject, plus 280 UCAS points for our finance opportunities. We also look for an engineering, numerical or scientific subject for our engineering placements, and for our commercial internships you need a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE English and Maths. Although the academic requirements are important, we also want you to see opportunity where others see problems and be able to think around challenges that others can't navigate. You'll use the resources at your fingertips and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real life problems.

We also place great importance not just on what we do, and how we do it, but also why we do it. As a result, we encourage our employees to take pride in their work and share their time to support local communities. At the end of each day, you can walk away knowing that what you do really makes a difference.

Application Process

Our selection process works on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask all candidates to apply online using our application form to ensure our selection process is completely fair and consistent. Your online application will then go through a variety of selection methods, either online or face-to-face, and is likely to conclude at an on-site interview.

We particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities, and will make reasonable adjustments to our application and selection process for people with disabilities.


Hints & Tips

When you prepare your application, think carefully about the role you are interested in and your skills. Use plain English and stick to the word limit. Also make sure to give full details of your degree modules, relevant final year projects and work experience. Hiring managers will want to see what you’ve done and how this fulfils what they are looking for.

For more information on hints and tips to help you prior to submitting your application, please refer to our Apply now page, where you will find further details.