Women in STEM – IES welcomes five new female summer interns

By John Goucher on Friday 23 June 2017

This summer we’ve welcomed five female summer interns to the IES team – Galila Khougali (MEng Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt), Melanie Gines (MEng Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt), Agata Mamcarz (MEng Architectural Engineering, Heriot-Watt), Zoe Richardson (BSc Computing Science, Uniof the West of Scotland) and Ildiko Szabo (BSc Computing Science, Uniof the West of Scotland).

As a STEM employer we are striving to encourage and support more females stepping into STEM careers. Which is why we’ve become a member of Equate Scotland and have joined them in their Women in STEM campaign.

Three of this year’s interns were sourced via Careerwise – a ground breaking placement scheme exclusively for women studying STEM subjects at Scottish Universities and Colleges, provided by Equate Scotland.

The 5 students are working across IES in software development, web systems development and building services engineering. We work hard at IES to create a culture that welcomes in talented students and helps them develop first-hand experience that they can take on to progress their careers.

Every year we offer internships to students at Scottish Universities, many of whom go on to full time positions at IES. Keep an eye on the careers section of our website for upcoming opportunities.

It is estimated that only 25% of Scotland’s STEM sector are women. We will continue to try and do our part to increase this figure for the economic and social reasons outlined by Equate Scotland…

Increasing the number of women in STEM is the economically right thing to do – evidence tells us that a diverse workforce is a more profitable and successful industry.

Increasing the number of women in STEM is the socially right thing to do – the jobs of the future are in the STEM industry, we must open the doors to these jobs to women, or we risk locking them out of opportunity.


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John Goucher

Digital Marketing Manager, IES
john.goucher@iesve.com