About us

We deliver cutting-edge technology that really counts.

At BAE Systems, we provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions. We employ a skilled workforce of 87,800 people in more than 40 countries. We help our customers to stay a step ahead when protecting people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. We also work closely with local partners to support economic development through the transfer of knowledge, skills and technology.

Make an impact where it counts

Our work is all about the big picture. Our advanced defence technology protects people and national security, and keeps critical information and infrastructure secure. We provide some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence, aerospace and security solutions, helping to tackle some of the biggest problems facing the world today. And we’re always searching for new ways to provide our customers with a competitive edge across air, sea, land and cyberspace.

From cyber threat detection to flight control systems that enable pilots to make better decisions, we never stop innovating at the cutting edge. Doing that requires investment, and we’re committed to investing where it counts – in people like you.

We have a wealth of graduate and undergraduate opportunities in engineering, business, IT, finance and consulting. Our programmes will prepare you with the skills and knowledge you need to navigate challenges that bring others to a standstill. If you have the potential, we will support you all the way because your success drives ours. With us, you’ll go home every day knowing your work makes a difference, where it counts.

Our main graduate programme

We offer a very different graduate experience from the norm. You choose where you want to specialise, and you’ll join us in a substantive role – with all its responsibilities – for the minimum 18 months you’ll spend on the scheme. You’ll tackle engaging, real-world challenges that will present plenty of opportunities to demonstrate your capability, enthusiasm and potential.

You’ll start with an immersive induction to accelerate your readiness to work. Of course, you’ll benefit from a powerful combination of formal learning with valuable real-world experience. As part of the course, you’ll undertake our Personal Effectiveness programme, with dedicated career coaching modules, from leadership and communication skills, to developing your personal brand which will help you get all the skills you need to succeed. And when you graduate at the end of the programme, you can look forward to meeting and exceeding your own expectations, as you develop in a career that counts.

Put your talent to the test.

Industrial Placement (12 months)

1 year undergraduate scheme. There’s no need to wait until you graduate to start your career, we offer an invaluable insight into working life. Placements are offered across a wealth of areas including business and finance, consultancy, project management, and engineering.

Summer Internship (12 weeks)

A summer internship at BAE Systems gives you a valuable 12-week insight into working life at one of the world’s most innovative companies. If you secure one of the 100+ placements available across our UK business, you’ll receive on-the-job training within a structured framework. We only offer placements when there’s work with real impact to be completed. It’s a great way to put theory into practice.


You’ll need to be on track to achieve a minimum of a 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a subject related to your chosen area of work. We have intakes in January, June and September.

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Global defence, aerospace and security company.
We employ 87,800 people around the world.
We operate in more than 40 countries. With 50 UK sites.
We're a global defence supplier and innovator.
We invest £90m+ annually in education and skills.
Over 1,000 early careers hires in the UK in 2019.
Graduate intake: 155+
Undergrad intake: 100+
Over 18,000 students have Followed us on Gradcracker.

Gradcracker Five-Year Club

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We sponsor the Defence & Security Solutions sector.