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Our Schemes

Summer Internship

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

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. Our range of 12-week placements are offered in the following business areas:-


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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 full 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 in a related subject. For finance opportunities you must also have plus 112 UCAS points - new tariff (or equivalent excluding General Studies). 

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

Closing date: We opened for applications from 1st September 2017, the closing date for a number of our Summer Internship roles has now been extended to 31st January 2018 however where sufficient applications have been received roles will close earlier therefore early application is advised
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 strength-based selection methods, either online or face-to-face, and is likely to conclude at an interview with the recruiting manager(s).
If successful, you will be expected to start in the business from the end of June 2018 - the actual start date will be confirmed in your offer paperwork. 
We are an inclusive employer and recruiting, retaining and inspiring the best people from the widest pool is imperative to deliver our strategy. We encourage and welcome applications from all sections of society and are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments and/or additional arrangements as required to support your application.
Finally, as a defence contractor there are security obligations placed on the Company meaning that all our applicants must be able to successfully achieve the relevant level of security clearance to join us.


Hints & Tips

When you prepare your application, think carefully about the role you are interested in and your skills. 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.