At a glance
- Work with and learn from experienced engineers in a commercial environment
- Put your classroom knowledge to work in a real-world context out in the field
- Improve your problem-solving skills and learn to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances to meet the needs of the community
- Immerse yourself in the culture and explore beautiful Sri Lanka in your free time
18 or over
Work on complex designs using AutoCAD
You’ll have the chance to use and enhance the skills you already have in AutoCAD. From designing small parts to drawing up the architecture of a building, there will be options for any skill level.
Learn about the full project cycle
Most of our engineering placements are project based. Depending on how long you stay, you may be involved at various stages, or you may have the chance to see a project through to the end. Either way, you’ll learn all about the stages involved, which will contribute to your future career.
Bring designs to life with Lumion
Using this 3D rendering software, you’ll be able to produce high-resolution images, videos, and 360 panoramas. If you haven’t used it before, don’t worry! Lumion is highly intuitive, so you’ll be able to pick this up very quickly, and your supervisor will be there to help.
Work on the development of apps and bespoke software
We offer software engineering placements for anyone interested in this aspect of the field. You can work with a variety of technologies, such as Java and .Net, alongside experienced professionals. This is a great way to get some practical work experience before kick-starting your career!
Where will I work?
Our internships abroad for engineering students are based in Colombo, Sri Lanka’s bustling commercial hub and former capital. It’s an exciting place to work, and a city of contrasts. Colombo boasts a blend of historic and modern buildings, street stalls, luxury shopping malls, and small sidewalk cafes and beachside restaurants. With an extensive and affordable public transport network, it’s easy to get around.
You’ll generally work in an office, but there are also many opportunities for overseeing projects in the field. You’ll also live with a local host family.
And if you need a break from the office, spend your lunch break on Galle Face Green, relaxing on the grass with some delicious street food from one of the vendors, or a packed lunch from your host family. In your free time, explore historical temples, historic buildings, and local museums, or bask on the beach. Don’t forget to pop by the local markets for some souvenirs or fresh produce!
What is a typical day like in Sri Lanka?
Once you’ve enjoyed breakfast with your host family, you’ll travel to your engineering work placement. You might be able to walk there, or take a bus or rickshaw. On your first day, our staff will accompany you to show you the way.
A typical day on this project runs from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Some engineering placement options may require evening or weekend work if there are tight project deadlines.
The specific activities you’ll get involved in vary according to the engineering placement you’ve chosen. You’ll have the chance to get involved at the various stages of ongoing projects. Whatever the activity, you’ll be undertaking work that contributes towards the goals of the business.
At the end of the day, it’s time to relax. Get a taste of local cuisine sharing dinner with your host family. Join in on one of our regular socials, making friends with fellow interns and volunteers. Take time to explore the city, absorbing the sights and smells of your new home!
Leisure activities and free time
Sri Lanka is well-known for its diverse landscapes. From beaches to tropical jungles, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant country.
The buzzing Pettah Market is a must-see. You can chat to friendly vendors, buy handmade products, and enjoy the electric atmosphere around you. For cultural enrichment, you can spend an afternoon in the National Museum of Colombo. The Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple is also a highlight, with its vast collection of artefacts.
The town of Galle is a sea port with a strong Dutch heritage and plenty of old colonial buildings to explore. You can also venture inland to hike in the hills, swim in the cool waterfalls, and visit traditional hill towns.
Sri Lanka's national parks include safari parks where you can spot wildlife like leopards and elephants. Or spend an early morning bird-watching in one of the wetland sanctuaries. There are also rainforest reserves crammed full of tropical biodiversity.
You’ll be sharing this unique experience with many other volunteers. This means you can travel solo or spend your free time with the friends you make during your trip.
Safety and staff support
Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.
Find out more about safety and backup.