Job Title
Automotive Design Intern 2024 - McLaren Design Studio
Ref #
Date posted
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
United Kingdom
Business area
Position level
J - Technician / Administrator
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Fixed Term Contract
12 months
Working pattern
9am - 6pm Monday to Friday

No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

It takes a community to do what we do. A diverse group of people with many areas of expertise, united by their passion to deliver visionary products and set new benchmarks. 

McLaren Automotive commits to equal opportunity for all. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion is at the heart of our impact, it drives our innovation and enables us to truly create something special. Join us on our journey. 

Purpose of Role

McLaren Automotive, a pioneer in high-performance sports car manufacturing, invites enthusiastic and creative individuals to join our esteemed Design Studio. At McLaren, we believe in nurturing young talent, and our internship program provides a unique opportunity for aspiring automotive designers to contribute to cutting-edge design projects.

McLaren Automotive is seeking a passionate and creative Automotive Design Intern to join our dynamic Design Studio. This internship is tailored for students currently enrolled in a design course, undertaking a sandwich course with a university, and possessing a portfolio showcasing their innovative design work.

Principal Accountabilities
  • Creative Input: Contribute fresh and innovative ideas to ongoing design projects within McLaren's Design Studio, leveraging your creative flair and academic knowledge.
  • Design Development: Collaborate with experienced designers to refine and develop design concepts, taking projects from initial ideation to detailed design stages.
  • Digital Modelling: Utilise design software to create digital models and renderings, bringing design concepts to life and contributing to the visualisation of future McLaren vehicles.
  • Portfolio Review: Participate in portfolio reviews with senior designers and provide insights into your university design work, showcasing your skills, creativity, and potential contribution to the team.
  • Design Research: Conduct research on emerging design trends, materials, and technologies, contributing valuable insights to the design development process.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including engineers and other designers, to understand the practical aspects of translating design concepts into production-ready vehicles.
  • Learning and Development: Embrace the learning opportunities provided during the internship to develop your skills in automotive design, understanding McLaren's design philosophy and principles.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Currently enrolled in a Design-based program as part of a sandwich course with a university.
  • A passion for automotive design and a strong creative portfolio showcasing design projects from your university coursework.
  • Familiarity with design software for digital modelling and rendering.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team.
  • Please include a cover letter, and a portfolio of any previous work, alongside your CV.


  • Competitive Internship salary
  • Mentorship from experienced automotive designers.
  • Exposure to cutting-edge automotive design projects.
  • Networking opportunities within the McLaren Design Studio.
Personal Attributes
  • Creative Vision 
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability
  • Collaborative Spirit
  • Passion for Learning
  • Problem-Solving Skills