About the programme
Student Placement Programme
ROD's student placement programme gives students the opportunity to work alongside the designers of some of Ireland's most complex infrastructural projects.
By joining our project teams, you'll put the knowledge you've gained in college to work, and learn what life in a leading engineering consultancy is really like.
How the programme is designed
The programme is designed to be flexible, so our placements vary in duration from two weeks up to one year.
First to final year students may apply to work in any of the following areas:
- Transportation and traffic
- Water services
What makes our programme different
At ROD, you won’t be asked to sit quietly in front of a PC in a far corner of the office. You’ll join teams working on live projects.
We’ll encourage you to make the most of your time with us, and we'll make sure you enjoy the experience to the full.
What you need to apply
At the time of application, you must be undertaking a Level 8 degree in civil or structural engineering or equivalent.
When to apply
Applications for our student placement programme are accepted throughout the year.
What we look for in a student
We look for students who are:
- Keen to learn
- Have good interpersonal
- Have good analytical skills
- Can multi-task and take direction
Meet our students
I am studying general engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and will start second-year in September.
I began my three-month placement at the beginning of May, and I am currently working with ROD’s transportation team on the eMOS (enhancing Motorway Operating Services) and BusConnects projects.
One of the highlights of the placement so far has been getting out on-site, at various locations along the M50, to see first-hand the projects I have been working on.
I spend most of my time in the office working on drawings on AutoCAD and Bluebeam and helping the team prepare documents for tender. My colleagues give me plenty of feedback during lunch hours, and I can already see that what I am learning here at ROD will help me a lot in college.
When I started the placement, I was hoping the experience would help me to decide which engineering discipline to specialise in at college. Now, I am definitely considering a career in civil engineering and, all going well, I would like to apply for a place on ROD’s graduate programme in the future.
I would absolutely recommend ROD’s student placement programme to other students – the company is professional, friendly and team-orientated, and there is plenty to learn here.
I have just finished the third year of my civil engineering degree at University College Dublin (UCD), and I am on a three-month summer placement with ROD’s bridges team.
My work involves writing reports and using Midas to model bridges and perform structural analysis, including using Eurocodes to understand what loads act on a structure and how to apply the different combinations.
Since joining the bridges team, I have been developing skills that will be important to have when I undertake my master’s degree.
The work environment here is productive but relaxed. Everyone is friendly and willing to help with any problems you encounter.
The main highlight for me so far has been the company evening at the Leopardstown races. It was a great opportunity to get to know colleagues I have yet to work with. Winning some money was a nice bonus!
To anyone considering applying for a place on ROD’s student placement programme, I would say, “Go for it”. You will get the chance to work as part of a team, developing the skills you have learned in college by applying them to real-life challenges.