Taught MSc Internships

The Department of Electronics negotiates internship opportunities with leading companies in the UK for the top performing students on our taught MSc programmes each year. These three-month paid internships run from October to December immediately following the completion of studies. Companies which have taken part in this exciting internship scheme over the last two years include ARM Ltd, CB Electronics, Chemring TS (Roke Manor Research), Meridian Audio, Oxford Digital and Sondrel.

In 2015, current students can apply direct to ARM Ltd for internship opportunities based at their Sheffield office. Further opportunities will be announced during the year.

Some of our students have written below about their internship experiences at ARM Ltd and Oxford Digital.

Steve Arum:

Steve ArumQuoteHi, my name is Steve Arum and my MSc Communications Engineering course at the University of York was completed in September, 2014. I was fortunate enough to be one of the three students selected for a 3 months internship at ARM Ltd at the end of the course.

At ARM, I was thrown into a big project right from the start with discreet tasks. I was tasked with developing unit and top level testbenches for a System Memory Management Unit (SMMU) verification. This was a challenging but lovely task which I fell in love with.

ARM Ltd is a truly global company with a lot of brilliant minds working for it. Everyone is completely friendly and they are willing to teach you whatever you need to know without reservations.

I learnt a lot working for ARM, from SystemVerilog, UVM, Linux, SVN to using Questasim for simulation. I would ideally hope to pursue a career as a verification engineer.Quote

Tao Tu:

Tao TuQuoteMy name is Tao Tu and I did MSc (2013/2014) course Internet and Wireless Computing in the University of York. From the Department of Electronics internship website, I found this 3 months internship at ARM Ltd and applied for it. After several interviews, I got this opportunity after my final project in the University of York.

The internship was in ARM Sheffield and my main task is updating some ARM’s internal verification IP products with VIP team, software and system group. This involves UVM-compliant test components, SystemVerilog, scripting, Linux operating system and the understanding of object oriented programming. During this internship, I got the first hand experience of AMBA protocols, some verification methods like UVM and some concepts like virtual interface, behaviour, inter-connector and so on. Gained some key skills like debugging, fast learning as well as analytical and problem solving from different tasks.

Working in a company is very different from studying at University. But what I learned in my master course did help me to understand new concepts fast , such as operating system, further internet protocols, and programming. It is very important to cultivate problem solving skills and fast learning skill in the master courses.

The 3 month internship in ARM cultivate my passion of verification area. Currently, I am looking for some opportunities about verification and testing and I am keen to take my career in this area in the future.Quote

Ming Li:

Ming LiQuoteMy name is Ming Li and I completed the MSc Digital Systems Engineering in 2012/13 at the University of York with a final distinction degree. After the course, the department contacted some industry partners to offer internship opportunities for graduates. After several trials and interviews, I won the opportunity for taking a 3 month internship at Oxford Digital in the audio field.

During the internship at Oxford Digital, I am mainly responsible of the Voice Bandwidth Extension (VBE) project. This project aims to overcome the audio frequency limitations inherent in telephony communication. It provides full-range extension of low frequencies as appropriate for voice, and high frequency extension over a whole octave.

The working environment in the company is excellent and every colleague is also very friendly. They are ready to help you to solve problems in the project. I have learned a lot through this internship and extend my knowledge to real audio industry part. Many knowledge and experiences learned in MSc courses help me a lot in actual industrial project and enable me to directly get inside deeply into the project. Coding skills like MATLAB and VHDL are widely used in the company. For future development, currently I am pursuing a further PhD opportunity at the University of Oxford.Quote

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