Women in the Built Environment internship

Two large graduate employers, Barratt Developments and Arcadis offered paid summer internships for a female student from NTU's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment through the Women in the Built Environment programme.

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Two large graduate employers, leading house builder Barratt Developments and global built asset consultancy Arcadis (formerly EC Harris), offered paid summer internships for a female student from NTU's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment through the University's Women in the Built Environment programme (WIBE).

This is the first year that NTU's Employability Team have initiated an internship specifically for female students in order to encourage more females to progress into the built environment industry after graduation.

The criteria for the opportunity were to be a female undergraduate or postgraduate student at NTU, be studying on one of the courses within the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, have the right to work in the UK, be available to accept a 2015 summer internship with Arcadis or Barratt Developments and be a female student with potential who may not have had the opportunity to demonstrate this potential to date.

In order for students to be considered, they had to register for the opportunity by completing an application form in early 2015. Both companies reviewed the applications and the selected successful students were invited to take part in a video interview.

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying and Commercial Construction Management student Katy Hicks was successfully selected for the Arcadis ten-week summer internship located in Birmingham.

She said: "I felt privileged to have the opportunity to work with Arcadis, a company with vast experience in construction.

"To be a female in the built environment is something of a rarity but I'm proud to be one of the rising numbers of women in the industry. The WIBE programme was easy to apply to and helped to open my mind to possibilities outside of the University. The internship has been brilliant and I am excited to be a part of Arcadis throughout my remaining studies."

Katy was so successful in her internship with Arcadis that they are now sponsoring her study this year. Talent Manager at Arcadis, Kerry Sneddon told us: "Katy got on great, so much so we would love to do this again next year. Katy is now going to be studying part-time for the remainder of her course and we are sponsoring her to do this. She will be with us day release, as she did so well, so a big success for us."

BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology Year One student Charlotte-Ellice Ezikwa, meanwhile, was successfully selected for the Barratt Developments ten-week summer internship. She said: "I would encourage anyone who is thinking of a career in the built environment to seek out work experience and internship opportunities regularly. Not only can you learn so much from an opportunity like this but it may drive you in a different direction.

"I would say that it's quite obvious that men dominate careers in the built environment at the moment but this should not discourage women. There are so many successful women in this area and I have found that men are often surprised, impressed and willing to help women develop their skills in the built environment."

Suzie Flynn, Barratt Developments' Graduate and Future Talent Manager, said: "Here at Barratt, we are working hard to encourage women into the house building industry, and so by working with NTU to offer a summer placement opportunity specifically for a female student matched our philosophy. The University made the process easy, by designing an application process for the competition, and short-listing students for us.

"Charlotte particularly stood out as she had put a great deal of research into the organisations hosting the placements, and also had a clear idea of how she could contribute. Charlotte has chosen to be based alongside our technical project managers in one of our London offices, working on a number of high profile apartment developments."

Women in the Built Environment internship

Published on 13 October 2015
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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