"As a global leader in wireless technology, Qualcomm is creating products that are enhancing lives and changing the way we live."


Qualcomm Technologies

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes

Summer placements only

2018/19 Scholarships

At least one new scholarship

Who we are and what we do

As a global leader in wireless technology, Qualcomm is creating products that are enhancing lives and changing the way we live. Our passionate technologists create innovative and integarted platforms, helping our customers turn great ideas into market-leading products.

Our energies in our UK Cambridge office are focused on three key areas:

  • Voice & Music – delivering amazing audio with wireless audio technology platfomrs that provide exceptional sound and remove all the barriers to an immersive consumer listening experience;
  • Bluetooth Smart – combining disruptive thinking, a hunger for innovation and powerful Bluetooth Low Energy platforms to simplify the complex challenge of developing breakthrough wireless products quickly;
  • Automotive Infotainment – making the vehicle a better place by combining wireless connectivity, location and audio technology to create immersive in-car infortainment that delights drivers.

What you could be doing during your work placement

The project you could be working on varies depending on the department or business area. Previous summer projects for students have involved developing a slot tester for the automated test systems, CMOS ATPG pattern effectiveness, Coding Style Impacts on Synthesis, CMOS IC power-gate cell design project and designing a control board for our latest microchip test system.

The projects are usually self-contained, experimental work and can include both hardware and software and in some cases lab work.

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

University of Southampton
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

Electronics is a diverse, exciting, fast-moving field which excites and intrigues me. I have always been interested in reading up on the latest technology being released and love how I am now a part of that. Through my degree I have had the opportunity to explore many different areas of electronics and love that I am continually challenged and learning and improving skills.

Why did you want a scholarship with Qualcomm?

Qualcomm is a large world-leading semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company with people working on a large spectrum of projects across 167 offices around the globe. I am interested to work in a larger company in a position where I will get to see a broader overview of a product being developed and possibly get to travel and work with people around the world. Therefore, Qualcomm was the perfect company to get my first industry experience.

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

I was mainly involved in the testing of the software provided with wireless audio chipsets. I also got the opportunity to carry out some testing on micro energy chips and to develop my own test cases. Being at the back end of the development process I got a good overview of the work that is carried out and the amount of people involved. Additionally, during my time there I got to hear from various people throughout their Cambridge site about the work they carry out which was extremely interesting.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of my degree I am involved in the Electronics and Computer Science Society which keeps me pretty busy. In my spare time I love to play the piano and guitar and work on writing and producing my own music. I also love to go for a swim or a run and watch far too much sport.

Meet one of our Engineers


Job Title:
Graduate Engineer R&D Lab

How I ended up studying Electronics

I was always interested in computers growing up and building them from scratch and wanting to know how they worked; I went to College to further this computer interest, but was disappointed that it was related more to the use of computers. Whilst applying through UCAS I stumbled onto Electronics Engineering which instantly hit my interests. I did a foundation year at University of York which consisted of doing GCSE, AS and A Level Maths, Physics and Electronics. It was tough, but I made it through and got a place on to my undergraduate course “BEng in Electronics and Computer Engineering”.  I finished my undergraduate with a 2:1, during my 2nd year I did a course on Microprocessors where we learnt about VHDL, this drove my interest to stay to do a Masters in “Digital Systems Engineering” where I learnt how to build a MP3 player on a FPGA and we designed and built the boards ourselves.

Why I chose Qualcomm

After university I knew I had a strong interest in Hardware Engineering and Qualcomm sounded amazing. At interview everyone I met was very reassuring and welcoming to me and this settled my nerves. The job I was applying for was a Graduate role in the R&D Lab group where they produce development hardware for the projects. This sounded very interesting as I had done a bit of PCB work during my Masters and Final year of my BEng and wanted to learn more in this area.

When I am not working

As I moved to Cambridge from Leeds, I am still getting to know the area, but I love to investigate the city (Punting is fun!) and cities around it. London is less than an hour away and is great for a weekend away. I also like to go to the GYM and have helped out on a Bluetooth finger print scanner project.