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Firm profile: Atkins

Firm profile: AtkinsWS Atkins - more often known just as Atkins - is a global engineering firm and the largest engineering consultancy in the UK.

The company started in the UK but has now worked in over 150 countries. Most of its work is in infrastructure - things like road, rail and power supplies - but it also works in other sectors, including defence, aerospace and aviation. Major projects it has worked on range from the 2012 Olympic Park to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to safety improvements on the Statue of Liberty.

Like many large firms, Atkins offers a number of different services, including:

  • Design
  • Consultancy (giving advice and expertise to other organizations)
  • Project management


Like most big engineering firms, Atkins has career opportunities for graduates, but it also offers placements for undergraduates. These include short placements over the summer and year-long placements to be done as part of your degree.

Although Atkins is involved with some degree sponsorship schemes and universities, it doesn't have a central sponsorship programme to apply to. Instead, talk to your university's engineering department, who will also be able to advise you about links they have with other firms.

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