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Summer Internship - Cities Planning & Design

Building Services/Transport Planning.

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Launch your career with Arup: 

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today's built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

Introduction to Cities, Planning & Design 

Every city faces tough development challenges, from meeting the needs of growing populations to tackling air pollution to improving economic opportunity. These issues must also be aligned to a transition to net zero and adaptation to climate risks. 

Arup is active in hundreds of cities across the world supporting city leaders and authorities, investors, developers and community groups to shape a better future for their city. Our strategists, economists, urban planners, designers, and technical specialists are working across multiple cities that vary enormously in terms of their age, scale, and physical make-up, applying an integrated approach to solve their issues. Our aim is to produce more sustainable environments and buildings, improve transport connectivity, achieve cleaner air, provide better access to health and education facilities and stimulate more economic activity. 

We work as a global network of experts, able to develop ideas and share knowledge between cities that face similar challenges, before developing an effective local response. 

We always aim to become a partner to cities who want to build a future that works for everyone. 

Opportunities available within our Cities, Planning & Design Portfolio are listed below: 

Town Planning

This opportunity is available in either Manchester or Leeds.
Our planning teams work closely with clients to understand challenges and provide creative, robust solutions to support the delivery of complex projects across the built environment. ​ Projects can vary in duration and location which helps to provide a diverse working environment. Due to the nature of our work, you will have the opportunity to gain a broad range of skills and will develop over the course of your employment as you gain increased responsibility. Both commercial and technical training is available and encouraged as you gain more experience. 

We are looking for individuals who are currently working towards a Masters degree in subjects relating to Town, Spatial, Urban or Regional Planning, Economics, Geography, Urban Policy, Public Policy and Regeneration and an undergraduate degree with achieved or predicted results of 2:1 or higher OR an undergraduate degree in Geography, Town, Urban, Spatial or Regional Planning with results of 2:1 or higher. 

Transport Planning

This opportunity is available in either Manchester or Leeds.

Our transport planners specialise in producing sustainable policy, plans, frameworks and masterplans that, in turn, give us the insight to guide projects that are in sympathy with visions for local or regional development. Our planning, policy and economic experts work collaboratively with specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, including environmental, design, energy, sustainability, legal, costing, engineering and infrastructure and transactions to ensure that our advice is pragmatic and delivers value.  

We are looking for individuals currently working towards a bachelor's degree in subjects relating to Civil or other Engineering, Geography, Planning, Economics, Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, Data/Computer Science with a prediction of 2:1 or higher OR; Data analytics or Transport Planning-based master's degree or other relevant topic with a prediction of pass or above is advantageous. 

What we're looking for:   

We're looking for placement students with curiosity, personal drive, design flair and technical knowhow. If you can combine these skills with an understanding of (or willingness to learn about) and a desire to deliver excellent services for clients, we'd like to hear from you. 

Arup summer placement opportunities typically run for 6-8 weeks. You must be available to start the placement opportunity during Summer 2023 and commit to completing the programme in full.  

What we offer you:  

Beyond a great salary and stimulating, technically challenging work, Arup offers a range of additional benefits to its people.   

You'll have access to lots of learning opportunities including a structured induction and ongoing training through Arup university.   

Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to utilise your technical expertise to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in the communities in which we live and work through Arup's community engagement programme.   

Next steps:   

Please click on the role that most interests you to find out further information and to apply. We then ask that you complete the application form, attaching any required documents. We'll be reviewing applications on a rolling basis. You are therefore strongly encouraged to apply in advance of the application deadline. Our assessment centres for this opportunity will take place from December 2022.

Different people, shared values:  

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.  

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here. 

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to all candidates. Please let us know if you need any assistance or reasonable adjustments throughout your application and we will do everything we possibly can to support you.  

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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Ongoing
  • Starting: June 2023
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Starting Salary: Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 6-8 weeks
  • Leeds and Manchester
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Architecture
  • Building Services
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Geotechnical
  • Transport Planning

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