The Young Engineer Summer Internship
The Young Engineer Summer Internship
London • Ages 15-18

Dates: 19th to 23rd July 2019
Location: University College London & Leading Engineering Organisations


The Young Engineer Summer Internship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students aged 15-18 to experience life at the cutting edge of global engineering innovation.

Over the course of five action-packed days, you will be immersed in a series of activities that most young engineers can only dream of, including experience-days at the Airbus ExoMars facility and Jaguar Land Rover. You will also attend exclusive networking receptions with some of the UK’s most accomplished engineers – including professionals from Rolls Royce, Samsung and Atkins Global.

Further, you will study and reside at one of the world’s most prestigious engineering universities - University College London; the internship is therefore a fantastic chance to experience life at a world-class academic institution.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator in your university application form and set you up for a future as a global leader in engineering.

Internship Outcomes & Highlights

1. You will gain a 360-degree experience of engineering, with live, interactive experiences under the careful guidance of expert engineers. These include:

  • Experience days at two epicentres of engineering innovation: Airbus ExoMars and Jaguar Land Rover
  • Designing a driverless vehicle
  • Plotting a successful drone pilot journey
  • Testing aerofoil designs using a wind tunnel
  • Designing a nanotechnology breakthrough
  • Building a structure to carry weight across two points under strict environmental and cost limits

2. You will be coached on how to become a leading engineer, including:

  • Coaching on A-level/IB choices, apprenticeships, degree and university selection, and the best extra-curricular activities to immerse yourself in
  • Assessments on critical skills by Oxford and Cambridge interview experts
  • Solving case studies used in Oxford and Cambridge assessments
  • Selecting the best graduate positions
  • Graduate role application and interview coaching from high-ranking engineers

3. You will create a life-long network of invaluable contacts:

  • Attend private networking sessions with a selection of high-ranking engineers, from corporate giants such as Siemens and Rolls Royce
  • Work with some of the most ambitious and talented students from around the world flying in for the internship. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to build an international network of prized contacts
  • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time and the most-relevant engineer will respond to your questions

4. You will boost your university application form:

  • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and commercial awareness
  • Gain a totally unique addition to your university application, gaining an edge over the competition
  • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications 

5. You will experience some of London’s most treasured institutions:

  • Learn at the world-famous UCL – a target university for many aspiring engineers
  • Stay in the heart of central London and experience some of its most famous attractions

Internship Programme Fee: £1750/student including all accommodation. The Programme Fee includes one place on the Young Engineer Summer Internship; accommodation at UCL for the duration of the programme; and an online assessment with certificates issued to successful candidates.

Book two or more places on any Summer 2019 InvestIN programme for a 10% group discount. Use code GROUPSUMMER19 during registration to benefit from this.

Our Young Engineer Summer Weekend (2-day programme) is also taking place in 2019. Click here for full details.

For a full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

Day 1
2pm-6pm Interns Arrive - Interns arrive for check-in and programme registration
7pm Icebreaker - Meet and greet with InvestIN Guardians
- Orientation & Introduction by Programme Director
Day 2
10.30am The World of an Engineer - Your journey to becoming a top engineer, starting now
- Securing a place on the world’s most desirable graduate schemes
- Adopting the keys skills and behaviours from the outset
- Expectations vs reality
11.30am Design Simulation 1: Nanoengineering -The brave new world of nanotechnology
-Create your own structural breakthrough
-Design a practical application for your innovation, which could change the world
-Justify the environmental implications of your design
12.30pm Design Simulation 2: Driverless Vehicles -Design a driverless vehicle which will blow the competition away
-Balance your engineering instincts with a business focus
-Implementation, issues and solutions
-The future: your solution vs Google’s
1.30pm Lunch Break
2.30pm Career Coaching: Your path to the best universities and the best graduate jobs - Become the young engineer that the corporate world is searching for
- Coaching on A-level/IB choices, apprenticeships, degree and university selection, and the best extra-curricular activities to immerse yourself in
- Graduate role application and interview coaching from experts
3.15pm Round-table case studies with Oxbridge ‘interviewers’ - Solve case studies used in Oxbridge assessments
- Be assessed on critical skills by Oxbridge alumni and interview experts
- Receive personalised feedback and tips
5.00pm Close

*exact programme subject to change without notice

Day 3
10.30am The New World of Drones - Work with a professional drone pilot to execute your plan
- Presented with an objective to deliver a package across a route filled with obstacles (physical, electrical, moral)
- Optimise the route for functionality and efficiency
-Return via a racing competition, planning and executing complex manoeuvres and tricks to understand the physics of flight
- Experience virtual reality cities and start designing for an exciting future
12.00pm Ready for Take-off: Develop a wing for flight in a wind tunnel - Work alongside top material and aerospace engineers
- In conjunction with the practical aspect of drone flight, understand the physics of flight to design and develop a high-performing aerofoil
- Iteratively improve and test aerofoil designs using a wind tunnel
- Learn crucial design of experiments, data processing and optimisation techniques for engineering
1.30pm Lunch Break
2.30pm ‘I built that with my own two hands’ - Compete against the other attendees to build a structure to carry weight/impact across two points
- Consider cost, environmental and structural aspects working alongside expert engineers, and put your ideas into action
4.30pm Panel Discussion - Ask your burning questions to all the high-ranking engineers whom you’ve worked with over the weekend
5.30pm Private Networking Reception With the Engineers - A unique opportunity to spend an evening with engineers from some of the biggest corporations in the industry
- Gain personal advice and build a powerful network for your future
7.30pm Close

*exact programme subject to change without notice

Day 4
10.00am Experience Day: Airbus ExoMars - Interns will be taken to the Airbus ExoMars facility located just outside London
- Be a part of the historic European/Russian space agency project to search for life on Mars
- Work alongside ExoMars mission engineers to navigate Martian terrain using gyroscopes in the Mars Yard testing facility
- Simulate the Rosetta mission alongside thermal engineers to take data from a comet
- Witness manufacturing by 3D printing live in the Airbus Defence and Space factory
5.30pm Close

*exact programme subject to change without notice

Day 5
9.00am Experience Day: Jaguar Land Rover - Interns will be taken to the Jaguar Land Rover factory near Birmingham
- Be immersed in the heart of one of the world’s most iconic automotive brands
- Witness each stage of production in detail
- Discover how Jaguar Land Rover has employed ‘lean manufacturing’ techniques to dominate the Asian luxury car market
- Personal Q&A time with veteran engineers from the company
5.30pm Return to London and Internship ends - Interns depart

Programme Location

University College, London (UCL)
The Cruciform Building
Gower Street
Greater London
United Kingdom

Click here to see a map

Accommodation Location

We are pleased to offer UCL halls of residence for attendees, from Friday 19th July (check-in) to Tuesday 23rd July (check-out):

Schafer House (UCL)
168-182 Drummond Street
Greater London
United Kingdom

Click here to see a map

How do I book my place?
Simply click “Register Now” on the right to begin the registration process.
Do I need to apply and be accepted in order to attend a programme?
There is no application in order to attend our programmes, as we feel that passion, ambition and a willingness to commit toward your future is enough. Our programmes, however, are extremely popular and are often full months in advance. We offer our places on a first-come first-served basis and places are highly limited.
Do I need to have prior knowledge?
No prior knowledge is required to attend our programmes, as we introduce each topic from a basic level of understanding.
What is the dress code for the programme/internship?
We ask that students wear professional clothing on our programmes as you will be meeting industry executives. Essentially, avoid wearing jeans, trainers or tracksuits. Suits, chinos and other smart casual wear are all acceptable.
What is provided in the residences?

Below is a quick summary of what UCL does and does not provide within its residences and bedrooms.

Items provided Items NOT provided
  • Kitchen facilities with basic crockery, cutlery and utensils, microwave, kettle
  • Bed linen and a bath towel
  • Weekly clean of the bedrooms and bed linen change
  • Wireless internet access in the bedrooms
  • Access to launderette
  • Luggage storage (day of departure only, at some sites, at discretion of staff)
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Shampoo and other personal hygiene items
  • Tea and coffee making facilities in the bedrooms
  • Room service
  • Daily inspection and cleaning of the bedrooms
  • TV in the bedroom
When should I arrive and leave?

Check-in will occur between 14.00 – 21.00 on Friday 19th July. If you need to arrive outside that time (or even on Saturday morning) please let us know and we shall try to make special arrangements for you.

Check-out will occur at 8.30am on Tuesday 23rd July in preparation for our corporate visit.

How do I get to the accommodation?

The nearest tube stations are Great Portland Street (Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines), Warren Street (Victoria Line), and Goodge Street (Northern Line). The accommodation is also walking distance from Euston and St Pancras stations. From Heathrow Airport you can take the Heathrow Express to Paddington (20 minutes), and then the Circle Line from Paddington to Great Portland Street (10 minutes). A map can be found here.

Will I have to share my room/facilities?

The rooms are single, but bathrooms are shared.

How safe is the accommodation?

UCL accommodation has 24-hour security on-site. In addition, InvestIN staff (our chaperones) will be staying at the halls of residence, and there will be a 24-hour contact number (available from the time students check-in until the end of the programme) should you need any assistance.

Can you tell me more about the chaperones?

Our chaperones are security-vetted (enhanced DBS check), adult members of staff who have experience of supervising children. They will carry out registration twice per day and escort the students to and from the programme. A chaperone will be available 24 hours per day should students need any assistance.

Are any meals included?

Meals are included. Should you have any dietary requirements we shall do our best to accommodate them subject to the ability of UCL to do so. We shall ask you about any dietary requirements in a separate form after you have booked.

Do I need a visa?

Nationals of certain countries require visas to visit the UK. You can check

Do I need to provide any details in advance of my arrival?

Once you have registered we shall send you a form to complete which asks for basic information such as your name, address, contact, and passport details. You must bring your passport with you for check-in.

What happens in the event of an accident or emergency?

A chaperone will be available 24 hours per day (from the time students check-in until the end of the programme) should students need any assistance.

House rules?

Registration takes place twice per day at the halls of residence:

Students must be present for each registration.

We ask that students are back on accommodation premises by 21:30 and do not permit students to leave the halls of residence after that time.

Our programmes are an opportunity for students to experience professional life. As such, we expect our students to behave like young adults. Any student who displays any behaviour that would, in our reasonable opinion, be undesirable or whose behaviour we, or UCL, consider to be inappropriate, may be asked to leave the programme and the halls of residence immediately. Inappropriate behaviour includes the consumption of alcohol, rude behaviour towards others, and failure to turn up to registration

Can parents visit or stay?

Parents can visit students but are not permitted to enter into the lecture hall or other venues as we try to create a professional environment. Parents are not allowed to stay overnight as UCL does not permit guests to stay in their halls of residence.

Can I arrange my own accommodation?

You may arrange your own accommodation but we cannot offer the programme only as a separate price. As such, full programme fees will be payable whether or not the accommodation is used.

Can I cancel my internship place?

You may cancel your place at any time. Cancellations of your place can be requested by emailing us at If you cancel your place 180 days or more before the start date of the programme, you will receive a 75% refund of the total programme fee. If you cancel your place between 120 days and 180 days before the start date of the programme, you will receive a 50% refund of the total programme fee. If you cancel your place between 90 days and 120 days before the start date of the programme, you will receive a 25% refund of the total programme fee. Programme places cancelled less than 90 days before the start date of the programme will receive no refund of programme fees.

Is there WiFi internet access?

There is free WiFi access in all bedrooms.

Are the rooms air-conditioned/heated?

No. There is no air-conditioning and the rooms are not heated in the summer

Can you arrange an airport pick-up?

We do offer airport pick ups/drop-offs for an additional charge. Please email us at or call us on +44 (0) 203 915 1420 to discuss further.

Can I stay longer in the accommodation or check-in earlier?

We are not able to arrange accommodation outside the dates of the internship. We can recommend some local hotels if you require accommodation either before or after the dates of our programme.

What if I have other questions that are not answered above?
You can read our STUDENT FAQs or, if you are the parent of a student interested in attending, our PARENT INFO section. If you would prefer to contact us, please feel free to email us on or call +44 (0) 203 915 1420.

This programme is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career, and start boosting their UCAS/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited; we are usually full a couple of months in advance of the programme date. No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.


We exist to give students a life-changing experience. We are proud to report that we have an overall rating of 4.8 out of 5 on Google Reviews. Our Google reviews can be read in full here, and some highlights are below.

If 2 or more places are booked, students can receive a 10% discount. Enter the provided group discount code GROUPSUMMER19 on the product page at checkout to benefit from this.
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