Engineering Internships

Engineering Internships

About the internships

Every year at Kinneir Dufort we select a number of brilliant mechanical engineering students to join the Engineering Team for a year long placement.

If you think you might fit the brief and are looking for a 12 month engineering internship (a placement for a student, one year in industry) starting in June or July 2022, then read on!

Throughout the placement you’ll be keen to benefit from the exposure to a breadth of engineering work that we aim to give you, and a deeper understanding of the design process within an award-winning consultancy.

You’ll develop creative and business skills to take back to your degree and build relationships with influential and experienced KD staff.

This isn’t a dress rehearsal, you will be delivering work for our clients from the word go, and have the support of a mentor within the very experienced KD team to help you on your way.

Want to learn more about what our former interns get up to? Check out this KD conversation podcast with former KD intern Simon Enever, CEO of Quip.

About you

You will be halfway through your Mechanical Engineering Degree, and looking for industrial experience before completing your studies.

You’ll be enthusiastic, eager to learn and ready to apply your academic knowledge to real challenges.

Your skills and experience

Essential skills and experience

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of the following:

  • Studying Mechanical Engineering (or similar) and predicted a 2:1
  • Solid grounding in engineering principles and analysis (mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics)
  • Creative and technical problem-solving skills
  • CAD modelling experience
  • Experience building & testing physical prototypes
  • Excellent concept generation skills
  • Knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes
  • Understanding of design process from concept to manufacture
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

The Engineering Team at KD

We use a broad range of skills and approaches to identify the right tool for the job, and the team has access to a wide range of processes. We often start with the goal of fully understanding the physics that makes a product function so that we can optimise its performance. To do this we use tools for theoretical analysis and modelling such as Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid dynamics, but will often also build mathematical models which can provide excellent insight into how sensitive a design is to different parameters – giving the engineer a fundamental understanding of how best to approach an optimisation and work to collaborate on a solution.

In addition to theoretical understanding, we use KD’s comprehensive, in-house, prototyping resource enabling ideas to be realised and tested quickly to validate theoretical models and understanding.

Our labs are equipped to set up test simulations quickly and we have equipment ready to go to test flow rates, pressures, temperatures and forces in the client’s product.
These practical skills and capabilities are combined with a robust understanding of how to develop a product from concept through to manufacture, and the tools in place to manage design control, risk management verification and validation all to ISO13485 and 14971 or FDA requirements.

Our engineers have a breadth of experience from the latest analytical tools for predicting performance or understanding failure modes through
to design for manufacture experience.

Analytical Function Models
Requirements Capture
Injection Moulding
Mechanism Design
Thermal Analysis
Physical Testing
Stress Analysis
Fluid Flow

About us

At Kinneir Dufort (KD) we combine creative, technical and user experience expertise with agility. This enables our collaborative teams to rapidly define, create, develop and deliver world-changing products and experiences.

We think KD is a special company to work for. Our team are intelligent, hard-working, fun, non-egocentric, and collaborate brilliantly together to produce creative solutions. We work with some of the biggest, best and most interesting international clients that you’ll find anywhere. We’re a multi-disciplinary team, with experts in research, innovation, human factors, digital UX, 2D and 3D product & packaging design, engineering, prototyping, and electronics & software, all uniquely integrated within one great company.

Our team are collectively driven to “design a better world” by creating impactful change and positive outcomes for our clients and the people we are designing for. Designing a better world is something we strive for, both in the work we do, and the way we work. We believe strongly in equality and fairness and try hard to do the right thing; we speak up for and support groups who are working to make a difference. Our official KD partners are the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa and The Big Bang. Many of our team are also involved in, or run, events in their local communities, making a difference to those around them.

Founded in 1977 by Ross Kinneir and Francis Dufort, the KD team are based in an iconic building in the vibrant city of Bristol. The characterful Grade 2 listed stone building was originally built as a sugar refinery around 1850 and was later used to store theatre costumes. It’s now completely refitted, and houses all of our staff plus our workshops, labs, the design studio, an HF usability suite, and client meeting spaces. The local area, “Christmas Steps Arts Quarter”, is full of independent shops and makers. It’s a short walk up to Park Street, or over to the Harbourside and St Nick’s Markets, both of which have regular street food markets.

We offer flexible working policies in terms of both location and working hours. During normal circumstances, staff are typically expected to work a proportion of their week in the office and can work flexibly around specific ‘available hours’ in the working day. Please contact us if you are thinking of applying and would like more information about how our flexible working policy might work for you in this role.

Check out our   Instagram account  to gain an insight into what life is like as part of the KD team, and inside KD HQ.

Why work with us?

At KD we have strong values which underpin everything we do. As a business and as individuals we are Curious, Open, Adaptable, Expert, Human & Inclusive.
We expect a lot of our team, but in return we think we offer a lot too.
We understand that we are only as good as our people, and we know how important it is to support our team.

As part of your internship we offer:

  • 25 days holiday a year (with extra days for long service).
  • Training and development opportunities, and regular lunch and learn sessions.
  • Flexible working approaches.
  • Secure in-building bike storage and shower.
  • The opportunity to become involved in our work with the RSA, Frank Water, Kerning The Gap, TeenTech, Babbasa, The Big Bang.
  • Our cafe acts as the focal point for the whole agency to get together for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. There is always daily fresh fruit and usually cake! Staff also organise KD runs and yoga sessions, plus monthly “Firsty Friday” socials.

And after your internship:

  • Mentoring from senior, experienced KD team members
  • Access to KD facilities during final year
  • For future roles at KD, after you’ve completed your degree, you’ll be on our short list!

How to apply

If this sounds like you, then please send your CV and covering letter (using KDMI-Sept21 in the subject line) to [email protected]

Salary commensurate with experience. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

If you have any queries about the role you would like to talk through before you apply, please get in touch. If you’d like to apply we’d love to hear from you (unless you’re a recruitment consultant). We embrace equality and diversity in our business, it’s really important to us.

Applications close on Monday 8 November 2021.

At KD we consciously embrace diversity and proactively encourage this with our recruitment process. We welcome applications to this position from anyone meeting the skills criteria, from any background.