Summer Scheme

What is the Summer Scheme recruitment process? / How do I apply for a work experience placement?

Summer Scheme

Summer Scheme 2018: Applications open on 1 March until 30 March 2018 at 5pm.

The Summer Scheme recruitment process has two stages:

First stage: Application 

  • To apply you will need to submit an online application, which involves you uploading your CV and covering letter along with two short essay answer questions.
  • Please note we only accept online applications and do not accept any speculative applications.

Second stage: Interview 

  • If your online application is successful you will be invited to conduct a telephone interview or attend a lunch in April.


If I have applied before and been unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Certainly. We review all applications anew, and often encourage students to apply again if they have taken steps to improve their application. If you have been turned down for a graduate traineeship, this has no bearing on your application for a work experience placement.

If I applied for the Savills Graduate Programme do I still need to apply for the Summer Scheme?

Yes you would need to apply again. Although you have already completed a Savills graduate application, it was quite a while ago and your experiences might well have changed by now. Also, the questions ask for recent deals and developments so it would be good if your answer covered current news and up to date information.

If my application isn't successful, will you give me feedback as to why?

Due to the large amount of interviews we arrange, we are unable to offer individual feedback to candidates.

What will the placement involve?

The aim is to give you a taste of the work you would do as a graduate at Savills. During a placement, there could be the opportunity to go on site visits, attend client meetings and conduct research. We also hold attend departmental talks for you to learn about other areas of the business and invite you to a lunch session to meet directors from across Savills.

Sporting and social events are organised for summer students to meet our current graduates in an informal situation, the Graduate and Training Manager also gives you an overview of the APC and recruitment process.

We expect everyone who joins our Summer Scheme to have objectives for what they wish to achieve over the 4 week period. These are reviewed at an informal meeting after 2 weeks. At the end of the 4 weeks a full appraisal is given by the head of department to give useful feedback on performance.

This scheme gives the chance to learn a lot about the way we work to help decide whether a career with Savills is the right choice for you. It remains the best way to strengthen your application for our graduate programme.

When are the work experience placements?

We have four week placements in June, July and August.

The Summer Scheme 2018 placement dates are noted below:

June placement: 4-29 June 2018 

July placement: 2-27 July 2018

August placement: 30 July-24 August  2018

If you are selected you are then asked which month you would prefer. We then try to accommodate your preference where possible.

Can I apply for work experience outside of the summer placement dates?

Unfortunately, we do not have any ad hoc work experience placements. Please apply for the Summer Scheme if you would like to do work experience at Savills.

Which disciplines/pathways am I able to apply for?

We offer work placements in Commercial, Development, Town Planning, Capital Allowances (suitable for QS), Rural and Building Surveying.

Which offices do you offer work experience placements?

We offer placements throughout the UK.  On the application form you will be able to express your location choice and we will try to accommodate this where possible.

Would I get paid for the placement?

You will be paid the equivalent of £14,664 per annum.

Is it possible to extend and work for more than 1 month?

Unfortunately, we rarely extend the month placement to allow more students to get a chance to join in the scheme.

Am I able to have time off while on a placement?

You are able to apply for up to two days annual leave during your placement. If you do not take the two days leave you will not be paid in lieu.

Do you only offer work experience to second-year undergraduate students?

We offer placements to people looking to apply for a graduate traineeship to start in the September of the following year - typically, these are second-year cognate or third-year non-cognate students, however the scheme is open to people of all ages and of all backgrounds. You can find out more about training as a chartered surveyor or town planner on the following links: RICS RTPI.

Can I apply even if I am not studying for a RICS/RTPI–accredited degree (cognate degree)?

Yes, third-year students who are not studying for a RTPI or RICS-accredited degree can apply.

Do I have to have particular previous experience and/or examination grades to be able to apply for the scheme?

No, just a desire to work for Savills. Work experience shows us dedication to working in the industry but this can also be conveyed through your covering letter and essay questions.

Am I still eligible to apply if I don’t have a work permit?

For Graduate opportunities at Savills, we are only able to consider applicants who are currently legally eligible to work in the UK as we areunableto provide Visa Sponsorship for Graduate positions.

Candidates should have the appropriate legal right to remain and required employment visa* for working they are applying to join.

*The visa must be valid for a minimum of  5 years, with the ability to work 40 hours per week.