BAE Systems

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Internship (1-4 Months) Placement Year (10 Months+)

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Join remarkable people doing work that matters

Join us as an undergraduate and you’ll quickly become involved in developing some of the most technologically advanced defence, security and aerospace systems, and receive tailored development to advance your career!

Who we are

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions and employ a skilled workforce of some 83,100 people in over 40 countries.

Working with customers and partners, we develop, engineer, manufacture and support products and systems to deliver military capability and national security solutions – helping to protect people and keep critical information and infrastructure secure.

That’s work that matters and inspires us.

What you can expect

As one of the world’s most innovative companies, we can offer you an exciting and fulfilling career. If you have the drive and enthusiasm to improve within your chosen field, you’ll receive the support you need to be creative and pioneering in all sorts of ways.

That’s what’s on offer when you choose a one year Industrial Placement, or a 12-week Summer Internship within one of our BAE Systems businesses.

What we expect

Passion. That’s our secret. You’ll need it here to be successful. We want you to see opportunity where others see problems and find a way through challenges that others can’t navigate. You’ll use our extensive resources and the skills you’ll develop to collaborate with your team and find solutions to real problems.

We place great importance not only on what we do, but how and why we do it. Our employees take pride in their work and the role we play for our customers and our communities. During your placement at BAE Systems, you can go home at the end of each day knowing that what you do really makes a difference.

Typical Functions

Business – Our business placements opportunities are integral to our ability to deliver successful projects. Placements are available in a number of areas, including Business Development, Commercial, Procurement and Project Management.

Engineering – Cutting edge innovations and world leading technological developments are the foundation of our business. We have a wide range of engineering placements available including Electrical, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical, Software and Systems.

Finance – Here, you won’t just be working on the financial aspects of some of the most exciting projects in defence, aerospace and engineering, you’ll also be working and learning from some of the most accomplished professionals in their fields.

12-month Industrial Placements

If you have the talent, now is the time to prove it. We have approximately 60 one-year placements available each year and all offer you the chance to develop new skills and gain valuable industry experience in the real world.

12-week Summer Internships

It’s the best way to put theory into practice. A Summer Internship at BAE Systems gives you a real insight into working life in one of our UK businesses, while honing your skills. Our internships provide on-the-job training within a structured framework. We only offer these placements when there is real work to be completed, with over 100 placements available each year.

What are we looking for?

To join our Summer Internship scheme or our one year Industrial Placement scheme you must be on course to achieve, at least a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree in a related subject. For our finance placements, you also need 112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

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BAE Systems Latest Reviews

  • Dockside Testing

    I have thoroughly enjoyed myself on this placement. I have been challenged and learnt a huge amount of skills to put towards future career development ...


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  • Systems Engineer

    I thoroughly enjoyed my internship with BAE Systems. I was provided with real work from day one and feel like I contributed to the work that my team did. I was given the chance to go offsite to Head O ...


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  • Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer

    I very much enjoyed my internship with BAE Systems. I undertook a wide variety of work, some of which was stretching, and I could see that my work was useful to the project. The team were friendly and ...


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BAE Systems Latest Case Study

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Industrial Placement Student

Placement Year (10 Months+)


I was quite shy before joining BAE Systems and had no previous experience of the working world. This pushed me to pursue a placement that would develop my people skills, which led me to undertake an operations role to bring me out of my comfort zone.

Awards and Commendations

[2017] RateMyPlacement Top 100 [2016] RateMyPlacement Top 100 [2015] RateMyPlacement Top 100