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Are you the Construction, Engineering and Environment Undergraduate of the Year?

We’re searching UK universities to find the outstanding Construction, Engineering and Environment Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for a creative and innovative thinker with a passion for sustainable development and improving social outcomes.


You could win a 6-to-12-week paid internship tailored to your interests OR a 12-month industrial placement. You will also be given the opportunity to secure a permanent graduate role on AECOM's development programme upon graduation.

All finalists will also be considered for paid work experience opportunities with AECOM.

To enter you need to:

  • be an undergraduate student in your penultimate year at university or your second year of a four-year course
  • be studying a construction, energy and sustainability, engineering, environmental, project management, quantity surveying, transport planning or water related degree
  • have the right to work in the UK and Ireland after graduation.

What makes an award winner?

Our Construction, Engineering and Environment Undergraduate of the Year will be:

  • passionate for sustainable development and improving social outcomes’
  • adaptable and eager to solve problems
  • inquisitive and prepared to use their initiative
  • an innovative and creative thinker
  • a strong communicator – both in person and virtually
  • able to work in teams and build strong relationships
  • driven to pursue their own career development.

Crucially, our winner will be able to articulate how they share AECOM’s values:

  • Safeguard – we operate ethically and with integrity, while prioritising safety and security in all that we do
  • Innovate – we think without limits and embrace new ideas, shaping digital solutions to help clients address current and future challenges
  • Collaborate – we connect unrivalled expertise from around the world to anticipate and solve our clients’ most pressing challenges
  • Deliver – we grow our business through relentless client focus, operational excellence and exceptional project execution
  • Sustain – we take action to make a positive impact on the planet, enrich the communities we touch and build legacies for future generations
  • Thrive – we build diverse teams, create an inclusive workplace and provide opportunities where each one of our people can reach their potential.

How do I win?


Register your details online and answer two questions set by AECOM.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you three online tests designed exclusively by our partner SHL.

Must be completed by 30.01.23

Submit by 30.01.23

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2023.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 28 February 2023.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and successfully make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by AECOM.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 21 April 2023, where the award winners will be announced.

AECOM and the Construction, Engineering and Environment Undergraduate of the Year Award

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, delivering professional services throughout the project lifecycle – from planning, design and engineering to programme and construction management.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

Our teams are driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world through our unrivalled technical expertise and innovation, a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion, and a commitment to environmental, social and governance priorities.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team - 47,000 strong - driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Our graduates and placement students work on small-scale-to-massive international infrastructure projects, embedding sustainable development and positive social outcomes in everything they do. Our graduates are redesigning sewers in the Midlands to help combat increased storm events due to climate change; improving the energy performance of listed buildings; supporting the Environment Agency to identify holistic solutions for the management of flooding in York; undertaking acoustic modelling and auralisation of the proposed A303 Stonehenge road routing change to protect the amenity of this historic monument; working on the Mersey Gateway, monitoring the surrounding ecology and environment, as well as soil remediation and materials re-use; and much more.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

Why are we partnering this award?

At AECOM we are serious about equality, diversity and inclusion. By partnering with this award, we want to connect with a diverse range of students across the UK.

We are always looking to bring new talent into our business. One of the things that impresses our senior leaders the most is young talent putting themselves forward for self-development opportunities, and really taking every opportunity they can to develop their skills. We want to use their excitement for new ideas, innovation and new ways of thinking to drive change through our business.

At AECOM we have a number of ‘shadow boards’ where groups of junior engineers and graduates share their ideas for business change with senior management, and a number of our leaders also engage in reverse mentoring, so our early talent really are encouraged to share their ideas and views with senior leadership.

Our placement opportunities are a great chance for students to learn more about the industry, develop their technical knowledge, and to ‘try out’ AECOM to see whether our culture and working environment is a good fit. Those who perform well are welcomed back the following summer or offered permanent roles on our graduate development programme, and given the opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet, enrich the communities we touch, and help build legacies for future generations.

We are really excited to receive all applications and read about everyone’s passions and, while there can only be one winner, we will be looking to consider all shortlisted students for standard placement opportunities (summer or industrial) in 2023.

You can find out more about AECOM, our vision to deliver a better world and how you can be a part of this here.

Entry criteria