BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

One of the world’s largest defence and security companies with established positions in the cyber, air, maritime and land domains. BAE Systems

Our Scholarships

Placement Location


Type of Placements Offered

• Summer placements only


(1) Students must be in the penultimate year of their degree; (2) Open only to British citizens (no dual nationals); (3) Candidates required to undergo security clearance.

2023/24 Scholarships

At least one new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

BAE Systems develops advanced defence and security technology. We employ a skilled workforce of over 85,000 people in more than 40 countries. We work for the UK and its partners and are one of the world’s largest defence and security companies with established positions in the cyber, air, maritime and land domains.

Our UKESF Scholarship includes a placement in the Wireless Products team in BAE Systems Digital Intelligence. BAE Systems Digital Intelligence is the BAE Systems business focused on the Cyber Security and Intelligence market.

Please click here to watch a short video about the BAE Systems Digital Intelligence Wireless Products Team.

What you could be doing during your work placement

We are looking for Scholars with a passion for designing and building electronics.

Scholars will join one of our teams working on developing innovative mission critical electronics for our customers. Applications include high performance networking, space systems, software radios and underwater systems.

As a Scholar, you will be part of a project team who will coach you on the day-to-day skills required to deliver cutting edge electronics to our customers. Our projects include high performance digital and RF PCBs, including a wide selection of components and devices such as FPGAs, ARM processors, GPUs and microcontrollers. Our electronics products have to work in demanding environments from underwater to outer space!

You will be part of our Future Talent community, which organises training, networking and social events to get involved with.

Please be aware that due to the nature of our work, candidates must be eligible for UK Security Clearance. These restrictions mean that factors including your nationality, any previous nationalities you have held, and/or your place of birth may limit those roles that you can perform.

Meet one of our Scholars

Name: Kyle

Sponsor: BAE Systems

University: University of Cambridge

Degree Course: MEng Engineering

Why I chose BAE Systems

At university, I did two years of general engineering before I chose to specialise in electrical, electronic and information engineering within my third year. I was really drawn to the systematic nature of electronics, analysing how signals move through circuits, are affected by different components and eventually achieve a specific function.

Why did you want a scholarship with BAE Systems?

I had previously completed a placement within a small pharmacovigilance company focused on software design and development. The internship with BAE Systems allowed me to gain experience working within a large business, focus on hardware rather software and actually work within an engineering context. It ticked a lot of boxes for me!

What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?

During my placement I designed and developed a microcontroller SOM (system on module) able to run Linux, consume as little power as possible and fit onto a 4 x 4 cm board. I started by evaluating an existing SOM, simplifying the design to be used for the types of products BAE develops and reducing the power consumption further. I drew up the schematic and produced a board layout using Cadence and Allegro.

I didn’t have much experience within embedded electronics before this; I learnt about the various components required and the processes involved in its design and development. Additionally, being able to speak to current professionals within the business was invaluable, gaining their opinions of the type of work they do and guidance within the engineering industry.

What are your hobbies and interests?

Outside engineering and my degree, I do pole vault training with and competing for my university’s athletics club. In my down time, I also enjoy doing art, a hobby I have kept from school.


Meet one of our Engineers

Name: David

Job Title: Senior Engineer

Why Engineering?

I have always loved Maths and Science, but always found I needed to know the answer to why something worked, or how I could apply that knowledge in the real world. Engineering for me was the perfect fit, using science, technology and Maths to solve real world problems and make a difference.

What its like to work for BAE Systems

I studied Engineering Science (MEng) at Oxford University, and had my first taste of BAE Systems during an internship in the summer of my 3rd year at university. I applied to BAE Systems simply because, as a leader in the cyber-security sector, it seemed like the ideal place to be on the front-line of technical progress in electronics engineering, and it didn’t disappoint! First as an intern, then a graduate and now as a senior engineer at the company, I have been constantly challenged to solve tough problems, and continually explore and develop my knowledge as an electronics engineer.

Due to the fast-paced nature of cyber security, we often work in smaller project teams, and have to be really adaptable in how we work. This gives me a wonderful blend of the small company / large company ways of working. We give all of our engineers plenty of responsibility from day 1, and are compelled to be creative and collaborate within a close knit team. In the work I do, I still feel the heritage of BAE Systems, the long-standing care we have for our customer missions and values. Working for such a well-known and respected engineering company, you really feel like you can be a force for change.

A day in the life at BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

No day is the same at BAE Systems. You could speak to each electronics engineer here; and they would have a different story to tell. Personally, I love building things, and work primarily as a hardware development engineer. I am able to take a new concept or idea; and design some electronics to solve a problem or provide cutting edge capability for our customers. Seeing something I have designed come to life in the flesh never gets old.