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UK and Ireland graduates and students

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Graduate environmental consultant

We're excited to announce our 2022 graduate opportunities are now open.

All live and available career paths are advertised at the bottom of this page. Due to roles closing and new roles being advertised, we are constantly keeping them updated. If any of the career paths from the below list are not in the advertised section at the bottom of this page, this means the career path is no longer available.

For more information, download our graduate leaflet here:

UK graduate leaflet
Republic of Ireland graduate leaflet

It is currently an incredibly busy period for the early careers recruitment team and unfortunately we are unable to answer requests regarding updates on applications. However, we will be in touch in the upcoming weeks with an update on your application.

Thank you for your patience and good luck!

Graduate career paths

Whatever your career goals are, you can be confident that Mott MacDonald will help you meet your ambitions, and beyond. We offer opportunities in the following areas:

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland

  • UK graduate civil and structural (Sector info.)
  • UK graduate town planning
  • UK graduate mechanical
  • UK graduate electrical
  • UK graduate project management
  • UK graduate planning
  • UK graduate building services
  • UK graduate quantity surveyor
  • UK graduate management consultancy
  • UK graduate environmental (Sector info.)
  • UK graduate fire engineering
  • UK summer internship
  • UK industrial trainee
  • Ireland graduate civil and structural
  • Ireland graduate electrical

We're joined up across sectors and geographies, you can go to our sector pages to find out more about the exciting projects you could be working on if you join us as a graduate.

We’re one of the largest employee owned companies. Being employee-owned allows us to choose the work taken on and focus on the issues that are important. Independent in thought and action, we do what’s genuinely right, not what is easy either for our clients or the company.

Accredited career paths

Whatever your career goals are, you can be confident that Mott MacDonald will help you achieve them. With the help of our dedicated learning and development team, our accredited graduate career paths aim to give you the experience and knowledge to continually develop your skills.

We’re experts at getting our graduates to chartership so, using all the resources available to you, you will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects whilst making your career journey to chartered status.

We offer many accredited career paths with institutions that are tailored for individual needs.

Accelerating Your Future

As soon as you join us a graduate, you will become a member of Accelerating Your Future, a structured development programme for entry level professionals.

Accelerating Your Future will introduce you to key business and commercial competencies, helping you to drive your career forward while improving your personal effectiveness, customer focus, communication, and teamwork.

Mott MacDonald Academy

Summer internships and industrial placements

We want you to be sure about joining us once you leave university. Our range of summer internships and industrial placements are an opportunity for you to get an insight into the industry – and our company. Focusing on one of our many sectors you’ll gain valuable experience by working alongside graduates and experienced professionals. We recruit many of our interns to graduate roles, so a placement can be a great way to launch your career.

Industrial placement

As our industrial placements are 12 month contracts, many of our students choose to relocate in order to do a placement so we are able to provide advice about finding suitable accommodation in the area.

Summer internship UK and Ireland

Our summer internships last up to eight weeks from June to September and although we have nearly 30 offices across the UK and Ireland, due to the length of our placements we encourage you to apply to locations where you will be able to arrange suitable accommodation.

Extra-curricular activities

Join our Inspire Professional Excellence (IPE) network

Coming into Mott MacDonald as a graduate, you will have the opportunity to be part of our global IPE network. The IPE network will provide you with a nurturing and challenging environment in which to expand your horizons, develop new skills, build confidence, and make new connections. This is done through a range of talks, workshops, mentoring and formal and informal learning.

The aims are to:

  • Share information and knowledge
  • Create an active network of young professionals
  • Facilitate personal and professional development
  • Create a mutual sense of benefit
  • Find new ways to improve the business

Sports and social

The range of activities organised by our office sports and social committees is almost as diverse as the people who work for us. From our extremely popular footy matches, to theatre trips, quizzes, and inter-office competitions – there is always something to get involved in. You will have the opportunity to expand your social and professional networks by meeting new people across the company. Also, it’s a lot of fun!

Charity and community

Our culture of corporate responsibility is extremely important to our values and we encourage all our staff to get involved.

  • Become a STEMNET ambassador and promote engineering to young people
  • Links with RedR, Engineers without borders UK and Engineers for Overseas Development
  • Involvement in the Mott MacDonald corporate social responsibility initiative
  • Attend and arrange lunchtime workshops and training sessions
  • Get involved with the sports and social committee

We were also one of the first companies to support the Design Engineer Construct programme with Class of your Own. This innovative school curriculum helps develop young peoples’ skills and understanding of professional careers in construction.

Life at Mott MacDonald

We work, and we play…
We believe that there is more to a job than work. It’s important to us that we enable our people to fulfil l their ambitions and reach their full potential.
Healthy work/life balance is essential and our sports and social activities are almost as diverse as the people who work for us. They’re a great chance to expand your professional and social networks, and a lot of fun!


Read blog entries from our staff across the business.

Application process

If you are successful, you will be invited to an interview with your future team where you’ll have the opportunity to see the environment that you could be working in. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the projects you could be working on, the role and your potential colleagues.

Did you know?
Our executive chair, Mike Haigh started his career journey with us as a graduate 40 years ago! Read more about his career with Mott MacDonald here.

Graduate FAQs
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