We offer summer placements in both Business and Engineering areas for university students who are anywhere from their first to final year of study. These run for 10 - 12 weeks starting in June.

Placements are a fantastic opportunity to experience real-life work, which can help you in determining your future career. Working for a global organisation, you will gain exposure to real projects where you can contribute as a valued team member. 

You will receive continuous support and training to ensure you enhance your knowledge as well as personal skills. Our programmes will provide you with an incredible opportunity to gain experience during your studies, put your university skills into action and build up a strong network within the industry.

If you enjoy your time with us, you can continue to progress your career by returning for another summer placement or take a look at our undergraduate and graduate programmes. 


Applications open!
We're open for our 2021 opportunities - scroll down for more information or check out the 'Job Search' page in our main menu.

We close for roles once we have received enough applications so if there is a role you like the look of, don't delay!


Receive a great insight into your chosen specialist area and the defence industry.

  • Duration: 10 - 12 weeks.
  • Start Date: June.
  • Functions: Business and Engineering.
  • Structure: One placement in one specialist area.
  • Starting Salary: £16,000 pro rata for first year students, £17,000 for second year and £18,000 for third year students.
  • Entry Requirements: Studying a Business or Engineering degree. Please check the job description when applying as these may vary.
  • Locations: Stevenage, Bristol and Bolton.


Your summer placement will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and you will have opportunities to develop during your time at MBDA.

On the Job Training
A lot of training summer placements receive will be learnt on the job. As your time in the company is limited, it is important to start learning from the first day and the best way to do this is by performing the role. Your line manager will understand this and will ensure a significant amount of time is spent on your development.

Department Training
Every department has different needs, depending on what department you join will result in how much training you receive. Your funcion will ensure you have the correct training for your job and have the best opportunities for development.

ECP Forums
The Early Careers community runs regular forums, which is open to all summer placements. This includes a variety of discussions on relevant topics and offers you the opportunity to meet other Early Careers members. They can offer you a fantastic insight and give you advice on the next steps of your future career.

During your placement, you will receive ongoing support. This starts with a 'Buddy' prior to joining who can answer any questions and help you settle into the company. In addition you will be supported by your Technical Coordinator (this individual organises your placement in their function), your line manager and HR.

Our Opportunities


Aerodynamics at MBDA has a broad range of multi-disciplinary skills and a wide range of ongoing activities, providing opportunities to work on the entire MBDA UK portfolio from concept phase, through maturation and development, to in-service support.


Applications for this function are currently closed.


The Commercial team work across our whole product range and help to maintain and enhance the Commercial aspects of MBDA. The mission of the Commercial function is to meet customer expectations whilst being innovative in the Commercial approach to win and deliver profitable business.

Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.

Complex Warheads

The Complex Warheads Centre of Excellence is an integrated team situated across sites in Stevenage, Bolton and Paris. They act as the design authority for warheads and provide expertise in the skill areas of explosives, target detection and weapon lethality.


Applications for this function are now closed


The responsibility of the Electronic Engineering function is to provide MBDA programmes with electronic equipment (for missiles, test equipment and launch systems). The electronic equipment we design ranges from weapon controller units and actuator electronics to telemetry & communication systems.


Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.

Guidance, Control and Navigation

The Guidance, Control and Navigation (GCN) department plays a pivotal role in the concept and life of all MBDA products.  We work on high complexity weapon systems and understand how the various subsystems interact and have a direct influence on design decisions. The algorithms we design lie at the heart of the missile system.


Applications for placements in Bristol are now open. Click HERE to apply.

Hardware in the Loop

The Hardware in the Loop (HWIL) department is a unique facility that integrates complex missile subsystems and simulates their dynamic flights as if in a real-world environment.


Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.

Integration & Systems Validation (ISV)

The ISV function plays a critical role in the development and proving of MBDA’s new and existing products. This means ISV engineers work on a variety of tasks such as the development of test equipment and test scripts, Integration of prime system equipment and test equipment and analysis and reporting of trials data.


Applications for placements in Stevenage are open, click HERE to apply.

Applications for Bristol are currently closed.


The Mechanical Engineering department develops physical solutions from concept through to production on missiles and weapon systems. The nature of complex weapons and the environments they operate in present an extensive scope of unique and interesting mechanical engineering challenges.


Applications for this function are currently closed.

Project Control

Project Control at MBDA will enable you to explore the global culture of product development, manufacture, in-service support and future projects.


Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.

Project Management

The Project Management team are crucial to the delivery of all of all our products. They work on a variety of projects and platforms to manage planning, cost at completions and risk mitigation. 


Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.


A seeker is the radar unit located at the front of a missile that detects, acquires and tracks targets; it is a key complex weapon sub-system. This team are responsible for the design, development, integration and production of all radar frequency (RF) seekers including dual-mode seekers (RF and electro-optic).


Applications for placements in Stevenage are now open. Click HERE to apply.


Our Sensors department works on projects that cover the full product lifecycle from research, through to early concept phase, to full product design and production programmes. We cover ElectroOptic (EO) Seekers & Sensors and RF Systems & Datalink technologies with applications covering systems design work, hardware and firmware. Roles typically specialise in EO or RF.


Applications for placements in Bristol are currently open. Click HERE to apply.

Simulation and Modelling

System modelling is a vital tool used to ensure MBDA provides high performing, dependable and cost effective weapon systems to our customers.


Applications for this function are currently closed.

Systems Design

Systems Design Engineers work within the design community, defining the specifications for developing missile and weapon systems within either the Missile Design or Weapon System Design divisions. We deliver systems engineering at each stage of the product development life-cycle ranging from understanding the required system behaviours, system design and specification, through to integration, test, and analysis of achieved system performance.


Applications for placements in Stevenage are open, click HERE to apply.


The Software team at MBDA deliver software for the next generation of weapons in an ever evolving environment -to support those on the battlefield. Our teams provide a range of products from high integrity software running on our weapon systems, to mission planning solutions integrated into a complex battlespace arena.

Applications for Stevenage are now open, click HERE to apply.

Click HERE to apply for Bristol.