Go Further- Civil Engineering

  • Go Further- Civil Engineering

What can you do to “Go Further” 

There are lots of employability-enhancing activities and programmes available through Queens.  Here are a few suggestions that may be of particular interest to students of civil engineering:

Any year:

  • Follow ICE Northern Ireland and get involved where possible, building your knowledge of the industry and key contacts.
  • Discover routes to degree plus
  • Find out more about international exchange, study and work abroad
  • Consider applying for Project Children – 8 week paid internship in the US. Internships are provided in many fields, opportunity to develop transferable skills. Application deadline is in spring.
  • Find voluntary work through Volunteer SU and at Volunteer Now.
  • Organisations such as BUNAC, CCUSA, Camp America and Projects Abroad advertise a variety of paid and voluntary vacation-time opportunities throughout the world.
  • See the British Council’s work and volunteer links.
  • Participate in Insight into Management- a 3 day business skills programme run over Easter
  • Attend Careers fairs and employer events.  These happen all year round and will be advertised on MyFuture.

Level 1:

Level 2:

Look for relevant summer work:

  • IAESTE - paid summer work experience abroad for students of Science, Technology and Applied Arts in 2nd year and above. Placements related to degree programme. Application deadline is in autumn.
  • Interested in research? Some research organisations offer internships and sandwich programmes e.g. CERN, Diamond (UK Synchrotron), ESRF (The European Synchrotron), Science & Technology Facilities Council
  • Interested in Banking and Finance? A lot of the big companies run summer internship programmes e.g. Bank of EnglandBarclays, Citi, Deloitte, EY, HSBC, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, PwC, Standard Life, RBS and a few run year-long placements e.g. Deloitte, EY, First Derivatives, KPMG and PwC. Apply early in the autumn term!
  • Large companies in other sectors may offer year-long placements and summer internships. MyFuture, Ratemyplacement, Prospects, Targetjobs and Gradcracker are useful sites for finding these. Many of the deadlines are set around December so it’s best to start applying in autumn.
  • If you are involved in a club or society, now is the time to take on some leadership role within it to gain evidence of those extra skills an employer looks for.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.

Level 3:

  • Apply early for graduate schemes and / or postgraduate study.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.


  • Apply early for graduate schemes
  • Are you clear about which career option you want to follow?  Participate in the Alumni Career Mentoring Scheme.
  • Plus above opportunities for any year.