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Internships and Placements

Students regularly complete internships with some of the world’s best known companies such as Google, IBM, Microsoft and BAE Systems.

We are the only department within the University to have a dedicated Internships and Industry Manager, supporting students in undertaking rewarding and career enhancing internships and work experience opportunities, both in the UK and worldwide. Support is available to students both as they apply for internships and during their time with the company.
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Internships and Placements give our Computer Science students a unique and invaluable insight into what working in industry is like post-graduation.

Summer Internships are incredibly popular with students in Computer Science, allowing you to put your technical skills into practice in a ‘live environment’ during the Summer Vacation period, whilst further developing your professional networking, teamwork and organisational skills. Usually completed across 4-12 weeks and on a full time basis, internships can also provide invaluable mentoring opportunities, whilst serving as a potential launch pad for future research and study.

Thanks to our extensive network of industry contacts in Computer Science, our students regularly complete internships with some of the world’s most prominent companies. We encourage you to consider completing a global internship experience, where possible, and in the recent past students have successfully completed internships with Adobe Research in San Francisco, Dell in Shanghai and Google in Dublin.

Thanks to the continued support of Computer Science alumnus and former Netflix CTO, Dr. Neil Hunt, many of our students are able to access financial support in taking up an internship or similar industry experience via our Internships & Industry Fund (Study : Internships and Industry Fund (Computer Science) - Durham University)

The Department’s Internships and Industry Manager is able to support both students and employers throughout the internship process and we also run a number of events throughout the academic calendar to support employers in showcasing these opportunities to our students. For more information, please contact cs.internships@durham.ac.uk

 

 Amazon Data Summer Internship 2020 – Molly Hayward 


Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic in 2020, fourth year Computer Science student Molly Hayward successfully completed a 12 week remote      internship with retail giant Amazon, working on an exciting data storage project.

“I had an amazing internship experience and I felt immersed in Amazon’s culture from day one, even though I was working on the internship project from    home. I had a detailed onboarding plan and lots of support from the wider team. The internship has allowed me to gain practical work experience in my chosen field of study. I would really encourage incoming students in Computer Science to consider an internship at some point during their time at Durham”.

 

 

    Morgan Stanley Summer Internship 2020 – Ollie Hines

Third year Computer Science student Ollie Hines joined Morgan Stanley’s Summer Analyst programme in 2020, working remotely within the firm’s technology division for a number of weeks.

“I was working in a team that supported corporate actions processing, such as dividends and stocks and my internship project was focused on data visualisation, which I am really interested in. The internship helped me to develop my technical ability, but I was also encouraged to lead regular discussions and use my initiative to come up with new ideas. The internship with Morgan Stanley has really helped me to grow in confidence”.

 

 

  Adobe Summer Internship 2018 – Sara Chen

Sara ChenIn 2018, second year Computer Science student Sara Chen completed a Global Internship with Adobe, working from their offices in San Francisco.

“Looking back, my internship with Adobe in San Francisco was instrumental to my professional development and shaped my employability at graduate level, as I was exposed to technology stacks and team practices that you don’t often find in an academic environment. While abroad in San Francisco, I gained exposure to a new culture and saw how teams in different countries approached challenges in their work”.

  

As well as internships, undergraduate students also have the option of completing a Placement Year, where they spend a full academic year gaining hands on experience within industry before returning to Durham to complete their final year of study. For more information, click here

Some students choose to stay in the department over the summer and become part of a research team, and there are a range of scholarships available to support this work. This provides you with a taste of what it is like to conduct research full time and is excellent preparation for a final year research project, and potentially a PhD.

The University's Careers and Enterprise Centre works extremely closely with us to ensure that both students and recent graduates receive up-to-date information on relevant employment and development opportunities.

Careers and Enterprise also offer a range of innovative talks to ensure students receive the most relevant and up-to-date advice about professions in the field of Computer Science.