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Making the most of your time in Cambridge

Get ahead at Cambridge

Engineering employers are keen to know what you do inside and outside of your course.

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Secure industrial experience

Industrial experience is important. If you are a MEng student you are required to complete an industrial placement before the start of your third year. The CUED Industrial placements office provides regular updates of potential placements. Many employers also advertise summer placements via Handshake.

Many summer placement opportunities from large companies will be advertised in the Michaelmas term. If you are looking for experience in a niche area you may need a speculative approach. Use GradLink, LinkedIN, CHOICE database to find suitable contacts. Advice on finding a summer placement.

Check the eligibility criteria for summer placements as some are only open to penultimate year students.

Aim to complete at least another placement in your penultimate year. Use this time to try out another sector, different size of company, increase your commercial awareness and develop your broader technical and business skills. Large engineering firms give priority to their penultimate year summer interns for graduate recruitment.

You can generate ideas for your own vacation work by reading the feedback from previous students.

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Engineering Societies

Cambridge University Engineering Society

Cambridge University Chemical Engineering Society

Engineers Without Borders

Women in Engineering

Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering AWISE


The Royal Academy of Engineering - includes events, careers, news, research and industry prizes and awards

Engineering UK - aims to promote engineers, engineering and technology by raising public awareness

Engineering Council - regulatory body for the engineering profession in the UK

Sector specific:

Nuclear Industry Association

Energy UK is the trade association for UK energy industry. Supports the Young Energy Professional (YEP) network. Organises events and site visits, and students can sign up to the mailing list.

Targetjobs: Engineering comprehensive guide to intern and graduate careers, advice on applications and interviews. View online or call into the Careers Service to pick up your free copy.

TARGETjobs: Construction, Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying are available online.