Undergraduate Summer Placement - Business Leadership

Think fluid. Learn fluid.

You’ll be more than a spectator. Treated as a colleague, you’ll work side-by-side with our teams on live projects.

Our Business Leadership Summer Placement programme offers a range of experiences, across different areas of the Severn Trent business.

Over the past half a century, we’ve used fluid thinking to move our industry forward, employing new technologies, developing our infrastructure and creating a sustainable future for water. Our vision is to become the UK’s most trusted water company by 2020.

The Business Leadership Summer Placements are a gateway into a career at Severn Trent, and you can expect real responsibility, on live projects that can have an impact on millions of our customers. The types of placement experiences will allow you to:

  • Understand how the various facets of our business operate
  • Gain practical experience in a demanding and fast-paced environment
  • Work on a diverse selection of projects and make a substantive contribution towards their outcome
  • Be considered for a permanent Graduate position (for 2019)

Water shapes every aspect of our lives. Your fluid thinking, and the initiatives you support will have a direct impact on our world, not just now, but far into the future.


Salary: Competitive

Location: Midlands - Coventry

Duration: Twelve weeks (Approx)  

What you'll be doing

Fluid thinking

On your placement, you’ll work side-by-side with teams, leaders and technical experts in very different areas of Severn Trent. Your placement could be collaborating with Frontline Operations to train staff, producing and delivering tenders for new business, or signing off detailed technical designs for new networks. This is fluid thinking in practice: you’ll stretch your knowledge, enhance your skills, whilst you’re with us.

As you work through your placement, you’ll find a firm foundation to support you. That includes training programmes, a Line Manager who will support you throughout your placement, and potentially work on the frontline of our business.

Fluid learning

Before you start the programme, we’ll have an in-depth conversations with you, during which we’ll discuss your interests, aspirations and abilities. Together, we’ll connect the dots that link where you are now to where you’d like to be in the future. We’ll then use our insights to plan a placement that matches your ambition, and aligning your personal vision with that of our business as a whole.

As you complete your placement, we’ll have regular meetings to track your progress against that map, finding and filling in any gaps in your knowledge. We’ll also provide you with placement-specific training.

Where we'll take you

Our Summer Placement isn’t just a window into our world – it’s a gateway into a career at Severn Trent. At the conclusion of the placement, you can expect to have taken the first steps into developing the keys tools and understanding you need to join our Business Leadership Programme as a graduate.

What we're looking for

  • Studying for a degree in any discipline, with any grade qualification
  • New ideas and challenging perspectives
  • Proactivity, curiosity and drive to learn
  • The ability to deal with and adjust to change
  • The confidence to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Able to digest information and use it to make effective business decisions.



Thank you for your interest in our Business Leadership Placements. Due to the high interest surrounding these roles, we are now closed for new external applications for our 2018 roles.

To register you interest for 2019 - Please click the button below.