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Summer Internship - Applied Sciences - Engineering - UK

Summer Internship - Applied Sciences - Engineering - UK

  • Location United Kingdom - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunbury
  • Travel required Negligible travel should be expected with this role
  • Job category Research & Technology Group
  • Relocation available This role is not eligible for relocation
  • Job type Graduates
  • Job code RQ071064
  • Experience level Entry
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Job summary


Innovation & Engineering

Job Family Group:

Research & Technology Group

Job Summary:

Join bp in our applied sciences business as an engineer summer intern and you will contribute and develop in technical areas like research & innovation, analytics, testing & modelling, product development & quality assurance, technical support, global product stewardship, intellectual asset management and demonstration & commercialisation.

Job Description:

Who we are

We are leading scientists and engineers who work in an inclusive and creative environment to innovate across boundaries. We work to drive value up and carbon down in support of bp’s net zero and growth ambition.

What we do

Applied sciences is where bp’s physical research and development work happens; we cover the science behind everything bp does. We lead scientific innovation right through the lifecycle - from research, product development, demonstration, technical scale-up, commercialization and support for users in the real world.

Our focus is on developing proprietary technologies, which is already a key differentiator for bp and will be even more important as we move into new areas through the journey to net zero.

We also lead scientific collaboration outside bp through our strategic university partnerships and commercial partners - these play a meaningful role in helping us innovate for a net zero world and source the best available solutions to accelerate our work. 

Roles and Responsibilities

As an intern you will work in one of these areas below and if you are successful, we may offer you the chance to return in a graduate role! If so, the programme will operate with a flexible model that allows graduates to experience the breadth of applied sciences activities, with placements within country over a period of three years designed to cover a range of technical areas. Examples of these include:  

  • research & innovation​ - utilise deep scientific and engineering knowledge and tools to deliver differentiated capability and unlock competitive advantage​
  • analytics, testing & modelling​ - provide innovative performance and analytical testing and investigational analysis for applied sciences  
  • product development & quality a​ssurance - develop and deliver next generation products to meet needs of selected markets/customers 
  • technical support​ - lead interface with markets to deploy products/services and underpin technical support offer​ 
  • global product stewardship - manage all aspects of product life cycle compliance​ 
  • intellectual asset management - ensure intellectual property is secured and leveraged to optimise value 
  • demonstration & commercialisation - leverage in-house capability to rapidly convert successful pilots into commercial options​ 


To apply for this role, you will need to be in your penultimate (second to last) year of study or in your final year of an undergraduate degree but planning to do a Masters degree in Chemical engineering or Mechanical Engineering (inc. sub disciplines such as Aero, Automotive…).


You will be based in one of our Pangbourne, Sunbury or Hull hubs. Location will depend on business needs. 

Other information  
Please note: you can only apply to 1 bp early careers opportunity globally per academic year. If you make multiple applications within the same academic year then we will only process the first application you make, and you’ll be withdrawn from any subsequent applications.

If you need to make any adjustments to any stage of the recruitment process, for example due to an illness, injury or a disability, please contact us on 0800 279 2088 or email enquiry@bpgraduates.co.uk. If you are calling from overseas, please dial +44 1635 584149. 

Travel Requirement

Negligible travel should be expected with this role

Relocation Assistance:

This role is not eligible for relocation

Remote Type:

This position is a hybrid of office/remote working


Legal Disclaimer:

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity/neurocognitive functioning, veteran status or disability status. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation related to bp’s recruiting process (e.g., accessing the job application, completing required assessments, participating in telephone screenings or interviews, etc.).  If you would like to request an accommodation related to the recruitment process, please contact us to request accommodations.

If you are selected for a position and depending upon your role, your employment may be contingent upon adherence to local policy.  This may include pre-placement drug screening, medical review of physical fitness for the role, and background checks.

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