The firm behind Formula One team Infiniti Red Bull Racing has launched a search for engineering students to join its industry placement scheme.
Five students from around the world – including just one from Europe – will be given the chance to spend a year in the company’s engineering team in the UK, working fully paid on real projects for its Formula One and road car divisions.
To enter the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy competition, students have to submit a 60-second video explaining why they deserve the opportunity. Chosen candidates will then go through a series of interviews followed by regional finals where they will be judged on a series of engineering and teamwork tasks.
“Winners will essentially become an employee of Red Bull racing,” a spokesperson for Infiniti Red Bull told The Student Engineer. “They’ll work in an existing team incorporated into existing work streams.”
Each placement student will spend eight months with the F1 engineering team in Milton Keynes and a further four months at the Inifiniti road-car testing centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, focusing on either vehicle dynamics, vehicle design, aerodynamics or electronics.
“Last year’s winners have been producing, designing and testing parts for the brand-new Red Bull RB11 F1 car,” the spokesperson said.
“They’ve flown out to various different testing events with Infiniti and the F1 team. They were working with Sebastian Vettel on Infiniti road car development. We’d certainly hope this year’s winners would get opportunities to be very much involved in the front line of road car testing in collaboration with Red Bull. “
Candidates will go through a three-stage process, starting by submitting their CV and a video answering the question ‘Why do I deserve this opportunity?’ This will be followed by a Skype interview and then an in-depth profile analysis by Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing senior management.
Ten finalists from each of the five competing areas – Europe, the US, Saudi Arabia, Russia and China – will then complete a series of engineering and teamwork tasks, judged by an expert panel from Infiniti and Infiniti Red Bull Racing, with one student from each region winning a12-month placement.
“We’re looking for engineers who are technically very strong, but they need to excel in other areas too,” said Adrian Newey, chief technical officer at Infiniti Red Bull Racing.
“Whether you’re designing and building road cars, or working in Formula One, the ability to think laterally, creatively and operate seamlessly within a team is crucial. It will be tough and they will be expected to work, but the rewards are high.”
The competition is open for entries from now until 22 May 2015. For more information and to enter, visit the Infiniti Performance Engineering Academy website.