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ICE hails success of expanded ICE Summer Project

20 September 2021

Two hundred student members gained valuable civil engineering experience, supported by 113 graduate members.

ICE hails success of expanded ICE Summer Project

ICE’s Summer Project initiative gave four times as many students valuable civil engineering experience compared to last year.

Conceived during the first UK lockdown in March 2020, ICE’s Summer Project teams up ICE student members from around the world with graduate members, who act as tutors to deliver real-world-based tasks virtually to the students.

This year, 200 students from 54 universities took part free of charge, supported by 113 graduate members. Students on the scheme were based all around the world, with 21 coming from non-UK institutions. Last year, 56 students took part in the scheme.

The scheme offered a valuable alternative to the traditional students’ summer placements, which the Covid-19 crisis has potentially made harder to find. In addition to the experience, the students secured a start on their ICE training and, with their tutors, a valuable industry contact, ahead of their graduation.

Benefits of the scheme for graduate members

Graduate members were also able to benefit from the scheme. By organising work tasks suitable for groups of civil engineering students, using material from projects they were working on in their day jobs, they were able to demonstrate various attributes required by ICE’s Initial Professional Development (IPD) process.

During a closing ceremony for the ICE Summer Project, attended by participants and guests, ICE Vice President Anusha Shah awarded two students the first prize for the best video produced to describe their experience.

Due to the success of the Summer Project initiative, ICE will offer it again next year to student and graduate members.

Benefits of ICE student membership

The ICE Summer Project is just one of many benefits available exclusively to ICE Student members. ICE Student membership is free – if you haven’t joined ICE yet, apply online today.

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  • Elena Rinaldi, academic partnerships manager at Institution of Civil Engineers