Welcome to KIA Internships

Welcome to KIA Internships

What could you achieve in a year with Kia Motors UK? Gain valuable experience in a real role with real responsibility. Get involved in key projects that have a direct impact on this fast-growing automotive business. Build a broad range of skills that will form the perfect foundation for your future career.

So take a look around our site and the range of opportunities we have available. Find out how our internships provide structured training to help you explore your potential, prove your talents and bring out the best in you. When we say that Kia has ‘The Power to Surprise’, we’re not just talking about surprising our customers, but our interns too. See how much you can achieve in just one year with an internship at Kia UK.

About us

About us

If one thing above all else characterises Kia’s story, it’s growth. From its foundation as Korea’s first car manufacturer, Kia has become one of the fastest growing automotive brands in the world. With record annual sales for the past seven years in the UK alone, our development is set to continue.

A global business employing almost 47,000 people, we continue to drive innovation as we create outstanding vehicles that continue to win awards, making them best in class in terms of quality and safety. But we don’t just aim to create better vehicles, we aim to create a better world too. We recently handed over a new school and healthcare centre to local communities in Tanzania and Malawi.

The opportunities

The opportunities

Seven placement opportunities starting in July 2019 and lasting for a year, all based at our Walton-on-Thames HQ and offering a salary of £17,000, plus benefits (including a company car after three months).

Doing real work that makes a positive difference, you'll be ambitious, confident, motivated and keen to learn. In return, we’ll give you every opportunity to develop your skills and explore where your future career could go. You will have broad exposure across the business and find out what it takes to drive Kia UK’s ongoing success. Away from the office, you will enjoy a range of activities including away days, a fabulous summer event and you could also be part of high-profile industry award events.

The Package Offer

The Package Offer

In addition to a £17,000 salary plus discretionary bonus, we have a great benefits package including:

• A company car after your three month probation period • Dress down Fridays • Free lunch • Free parking • Leave early on a Friday • Massage room • Games room (pool/table tennis tables, Wii and darts) • 24 days’ holiday allowance • Birthday vouchers • Christmas vouchers (discretionary) • Employee summer party • Christmas party (includes one guest to attend and your hotel paid for) • Annual massage/health check sessions • Private Healthcare • Group Personal Pension • Group Life Assurance

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Hear from our Interns

Ted - Commercial Business Analyst

Ted – Commercial Business Analyst

‘’I’ve been at Kia for almost 2 months now, and instantly everyone made me feel welcome and part of the Kia family. My Parts and Accessories team have especially made me feel like this, I am treated as a valuable member and they have all been more than happy to help with any questions. A key aspect that has made this role enjoyable and valuable to me is that I can see where my work goes and how it is used. As an analyst it is important to have good excel skills, most of which I have learnt here and they are skills that I will be sure to use in my final year of university and in my jobs in the future. It isn’t just excel that I use, I have learned how to use various new programmes and systems. A highlight so far has been the e-Niro experience day which was really interesting to see how electric cars work, what they mean for the future, and of course the best part was to test drive it. The benefits here are amazing and unmatched by other companies offering placements, these include, free lunches, company cars, private healthcare, dress down Fridays, pool tables, table tennis, wii, and even massage chairs!’’

 

James – Business Analyst

James – Business Analyst

‘’This is everything you could possibly want from a placement. The most noticeable thing for me is how welcoming and friendly everyone at Kia has been, particularly within your own team. No question is stupid and help is always on hand should you ever need it. The role is so dynamic – you’re given real responsibility on a number of creative projects and challenging analytical work that results in you meeting with suppliers in London and presenting to dealerships all around the country. Not only this but I’ve been on driving experiences, training courses, boat trips and even got to live out my cricketing dream by playing in a sponsors tournament at the Oval – I’ve only been here 2 months! The benefits package fit perfectly within Kia’s “Family-like care” ethos. Free lunches, cricket tickets, a company car and the daily pool tournaments at lunchtime are only a few of what Kia has to offer. The opportunities are truly endless.”

Shivam - Service & Quality Support Analyst Shivam – Service & Quality Support Analyst

‘’Time and time again, the other interns and I wonder whether the company we join after our placement will be as good as Kia. We receive health and dental care just like any other employee whilst partaking in the various social programs after work to relax such as yoga, badminton and football. As an undergraduate, I didn’t have much experience in programs such as Access, Excel and SAP, but this has all changed in the past two months. I have been given a project to lead, liaising with external partners and different departments across the company. The best part about the work I receive from Aftersales and my Team is the ad-hoc work, this work usually isn’t related to something I do day to day specifically but allows me to explore different programs in depth to further grow my career opportunities in the analytics industry.’’

Callum – Product Marketing Assistant Callum – Product Marketing Assistant

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my first 2 months on placement at Kia. From day one it was clear that we, as placement students, would be valued and treated equally to any other colleague. Alongside many other ‘out of office’ days such as boat trips and cricket matches, I have had the pleasure of being able to drive and experience many of Kia’s model range, like the pioneering E-Niro, which was part of a training day focused around our ever-growing eco-friendly range. I’ve learned lots of transferrable skills since joining Kia and have played an important role in key projects such as competitor analysis and new model development. Working in the product team means I am a vital cog to the business as this is where all product and pricing strategies are developed, therefore there are always opportunities to expand your responsibilities. I can already tell that everything I am learning here will be invaluable not only to my final year of university, but my future career too.”

Lottie - Digital Marketing AssistantLottie – Digital Marketing Assistant

‘’Although this experience is very new to me, Kia have made me feel so comfortable. As soon as I started I noticed that everyone was so friendly and this really helped me to settle in. Despite the fact that I had so many questions at the start, no one was hesitant to help with anything, whether that be helping me with the CMS or helping me decide what to have for lunch. The opportunities and benefits at Kia have so far been endless; having only been at Kia for not even three months yet, I have attended many exciting and new events. Not only has my knowledge and experience grown but also personal attributes such as my confidence. To summarise, my placement experience so far has been amazing and I look forward to the rest of my time with Kia.’’ 

Melissa – Press Office AssistantMelissa – Press Office Assistant

‘’Being a part of Kia has already been the most valuable experience I have had in terms of building my career and establishing a thorough understanding of the Press and PR industry. It’s so rewarding to be part of a company that is constantly excelling as it creates a really positive working environment. Kia is always being praised and winning awards and you truly feel as if you’re an integral part of that. My role as Press Office Assistant has completely surpassed my initial expectations. The sheer range of opportunities I have been offered, from track days to award evenings to launches, has been unbelievable. I don’t feel like I’m “just an intern” in my role. My work varies from writing press releases, assisting on launch planning, maintaining social media channels and even liaising with bloggers to create content for Kia. It’s amazing to see something you’ve written circulating in the press! I couldn’t have asked for a more inclusive, constructive and opportunistic placement.’’

Olly – Brand Marketing Assistant Olly – Brand Marketing Assistant

‘’I am now 3 months into my placement at Kia and I have absolutely loved it so far. It’s an amazing environment to work in, where everyone works really hard but there’s still lots of fun to be had too. I have been given big responsibilities as part of crucial campaigns for new car launches and brand partnerships. The highlight of my time so far was when I was recently given the task of running our XCeed Internal Launch. This was topped off by presenting a short film displaying all of our marketing activity in front of the whole company (including directors!). If that’s not enough then there are plenty of company perks: free lunches, company car, various events & days out and many more! I have loved every minute of my time here and look forward to what the rest of my placement has to offer’’

Apply

2020 Internship opportunities are now open

We are constantly looking to attract highly professional individuals to join our team, so please check our recruitment pages for upcoming roles.

Business Analyst 

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


Supporting a range of business improvement activities, your wide-ranging role will include managing and presenting data, compiling reports, contributing to cross-functional project teams and identifying potential improvement opportunities.

Click through to apply - Business Analyst

Website Marketing Assistant

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


Working across Kia UK’s digital platforms, you’ll get the opportunity to manage the day-to-day running of our websites and social media platforms, as well as drive marketing initiatives to support specific campaigns.

Click to apply - Website Marketing Assistant

Brand Communication Assistant

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


This is your chance to help us develop customer-facing national marketing campaigns. This will include contributing to the creation of a range of materials from TV and press to outdoor, digital, point-of-sale and internal communications.

Click through to apply - Brand Communication Assistant

Product Team Assistant

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


You’ll play your part in ensuring successful model launches – by reviewing the latest automotive industry trends for example, as well as bringing insightful analysis and reporting of sales, profitability and competitor activity.

Click through to apply - Product Team Assistant

Press Office Assistant

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


As an integral part of the team, you’ll be in front of the media from day one. During your year, you’ll have the chance to contribute your ideas to the team’s plans, take responsibility for your own PR projects and take industry training courses.

Clcik through to apply - Press Office Assistant

Support Analyst – Service & Quality

Walton-on-Thames Surrey


You’ll be working at the heart of this business-critical team as you analyse and report on activity and performance, identify trends and deliver key reports. There will also be the chance to develop our reporting processes to provide greater clarity and insight.

Click through to apply - Support Analyst

Commercial Business Analyst

Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


Here’s your opportunity to help us develop competitive price positioning for our parts and accessories. It’s a key role that will see you analyse the market and competitor prices, constantly review our positioning and create regular reports.

Click through to apply - Commercial Business Analyst

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FAQs
    1. Click on your chosen role and you will be directed to our main KIA Careers page. Apply here by sending us your CV and cover letter by Friday 30 November 2018.

    2. We will be reviewing applications and if successful, you will be invited to take part in a video interview around Christmas time.  

    3. The final stage after passing the video interview will be an assessment centre in Walton-on-Thames in early February 2019.

    Throughout the whole application process we’ll keep in touch regularly.

  • Our Internship scheme is open to students at a UK university who are looking for a full time 12 month placement from July 2019. You should currently be in your second year of a sandwich degree or available to complete a one year industrial placement.

  • We are looking for driven individuals who are willing to work hard and bring energy and new ideas to the role. You do not have to have any previous automotive interest/experience – just a passion to learn and develop within your chosen career!

  • Although it is desirable to have a driving licence, it is not an essential criteria.

  • If you are successful, all seven roles are based in our Kia Motors UK Head Office in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. We are just 10 minutes away from Hampton Court and only a 25 minute journey from central London (Waterloo line).

  • Yes – we are an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all candidates.

  • With seven new placements on offer, we think that this year’s KIA Internship Campaign is going to be more popular than ever, so we’re expecting a lot of applications. Due to the amount of applications we go through, we will only be contacting those who are selected to go through to the next stage. We will be contacting successful candidates at the end of November.

  • Please contact our HR Officer – Dan Talbot at dtalbot@kia.co.uk