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Civil Engineer Intern - Summer Placement

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Help keep taps flowing and toilets flushing across the North West

At United Utilities, we’re not only essential service providers to over 7 million customers across the region but we’re also at the forefront of tackling some of the biggest climate and environmental challenges in a generation.

We're looking forward to seeing you around...

Meet some of our people who keep the water flowing for our 7 million customers and find out what a career with us can offer you.

All our people are essential in achieving our net zero targets and creating a more resilient North West.

It's a big job and a lot of work goes on behind the scenes to keep things running smoothly for our customers. From operating our pipes and improving water quality, to embracing new technologies and safeguarding the local environment – whether you're in our head office or out on site, there's always plenty going on.

Our internship programmes will give you the opportunity to learn first-hand how we make this happen. 

We have been awarded with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the Best Places to Work in 2020. We were ranked #19 company in the UK, based solely on the input of employees, who provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies on Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting sites. 

You will be joining the United Utilities family of over 5,000 employees who all help to provide great service for our 7 million customers.

Role Overview

In the Engineering department the successful students will join a team working on real business projects, carrying out a variety of engineering tasks. There is an opportunity to develop your civil engineering skills whilst gaining real world experience working alongside technical specialists and operational engineers solving problems that could impact customers and the environment.

You will gain an understanding on a wide range of projects from a strategic level Price Review to a developer services project where we need to divert or protect our assets, for example to accommodate a flood defence scheme, you may also experience a large project such as a major pipeline project. 

You will benefit from the shared knowledge within the Civil Engineering Team and expertise of working with colleagues across the wider Engineering disciplines whilst also developing your own specialist skills and providing a valuable contribution to the team.

We will help you gain an understanding of the projects being undertaken by United Utilities and the methods used to deliver them. Specific tasks may be assigned during this time. You will be accountable for delivering these with the support of experienced engineers and your line manager.

During your 10 week internship you may also be given the opportunity to visit some our sites. You'll see how we carefully produce clean safe drinking water and how we treat wastewater in order to release it safely back in to the environment.

You will also get the opportunity to mix with our current graduates who can share experiences, tips and guidance with you for the next steps in your career.

Internship Duration: 10 weeks (July - September)

Who we are looking for

  • Have researched and have knowledge of United Utilities' engineering activities
  • Be working towards at least a 2:1 in an ICE accredited Civil Engineering degree
  • Have varied technical knowledge, not only through academic experience, but also through social and professional experience
  • Have a strong foundation of maths and science A-levels
  • Have good computer skills particularly in Microsoft Office
  • Be motivated and enthusiastic, an excellent team player, possessing ambition and drive
  • Possess good written and interpersonal skills and have the ability to communicate and influence across all levels
  • Be able to be comfortable working flexibly across a range of tasks and activities to deadlines as well as being able to prioritise your time


If you want to join an FTSE 100 company that wants to disrupt the water industry and you want to make a positive change in the world we would like to hear from you.

We celebrate and support diversity and are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for both employees and applicants. Due to the length of your programme you will be engaged via our resourcing partner Rullion.

We've signed the Gradcracker feedback pledge.

(This means that we will supply feedback if requested after an interview.)


Job ID Number: 18914
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Opportunity Overview

  • Deadline: Today
  • £20,000 + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • 10 weeks
  • Lingley Mere (Warrington)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Civil

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