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MSc Internships

The Department of Electronic Engineering negotiates internship opportunities with companies in the UK for students on our taught MSc courses. These 3-6 month paid internships normally start in the October immediately following the completion of studies. MSc students will be invited to apply for the internships as they become available. Students will be expected to take part in a competitive interview process in order to secure an internship. Internships are subject to availability from year to year.

Companies which have taken part in this internship scheme over the last few years include ARM Ltd, CB Electronics, Chemring TS (Roke Manor Research), ClearSky Medical Diagnostics, Imagination Technologies, Meridian Audio, Oxford Digital, SimOmics and Sondrel.

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

Xiang Li:

Xiang Li

QuoteHello, my name is Xiang Li, I was an MSc student in Engineering Management at the University of York, and I completed my study in September 2018. I applied early to the internship opportunity available for MSc students in ClearSky Medical Diagnostics, then I passed several competitive interviews, upon my graduation in September, I immediately got an internship in ClearSky Medical Diagnostics.

My internship responsibilities included: investigating market activity, analysing published data and statistics for direct or indirect competitors and evaluating the past performance of other products or services sales. This internship was the best opportunity for me to practice the expertise I just learnt last year.
ClearSky Medical Diagnostics is a promising medical devices company which is expanding their market and seeking partners worldwide, especially in China. During the Internship, I did a lot fieldwork, interviews and focus group assessments, talking with people from different countries and doing research at the grassroots, which greatly enhanced my global mindset and market awareness. Better yet, everybody in the company is ready to help others, and standing in the office you can see the most beautiful scenery of the University.
I feel so grateful for everyone who has helped me during these three months and I feel lucky that I did this work for my career goal.Quote


Steve Arum:

QuoteHi, 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:

QuoteMy 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



Dawei Yang:

QuoteI studied my MSc degree from 2013 to 2014 at York University. After completing my courses in September 2014, I was successful in an application for a 3-month internship at ARM. I was excited since ARM is a leader in the electronics field.

I worked on a project called ‘Cache Coherent Interconnect’ which is used to manage data between caches and CPUs. Although the course of my master degree and the project I was undertaking were not very related. Some programming languages such as Python which I learned by myself used in my final project helped me pick up scripting languages in the work very quickly. Other skills including team work and cooperation that I improved in the Electronics department also helped me to work nicely together with my colleagues.

I enjoyed my experience a lot at ARM as well as at York University. I really appreciate that the Electronics department provided me with the opportunity to join ARM. I wish the university and the department will get better and better.Quote


Ming Li:

QuoteMy 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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