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Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes

Summer placements only

* Candidates must specify which job/s they are interested in

2019/20 Scholarships

Three new scholarships. These scholarships will in specific engineering teams at Qualcomm’s Cambridge base. Therefore, please ensure you specify which job/s you are applying for in the Additional Information box within the Information About You section of the application:

  • Systems on a Chip/Application Specific IC design (SoC/ASIC): This role will be primarily related to development of Qualcomms class leading ASIC/IP development for next generation audio and IoT platforms. Working in the Chip Design team based the student will take responsibility for support of design, verification or implementation of SoC subsystems. Duties can include modelling, optimization, performance/power estimations and testing.
  • Physical Design Engineering: This role with our physical design team will be working on elements of an ASIC Physical design flow for ultra-low power Voice and Music chips.
  • RF Engineering: The primary role of the Radio Integration and Optimization Group (RIOG) is the bring up, evaluation and optimization of new radio designs. The group consists of multi-disciplined engineers (RF, Analogue, Software and Digital). The intern role is predominantly lab-based working at circuit, cell, subsystem and system level.

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 Manchester
Degree Course:
BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering

What appeals to you about Electronics?

Electronics are now embedded in people’s lives and, as a millennial, I grew up surrounded by them. Whether it was in a TV, a microwave or, later on, a smartphone, electronics were all around me and their mystery intrigued me. I decided to follow this path as they are the past, present and future, making our lives more enhanced. Having said this, I want to be part of the evolution of electronics, a pioneer into the newly discovered fields that are going to bring improvements to human lifestyle. Currently, I have a special interest for Quantum Computers and, in the future, I wish to be part of the team that is going to bring them to commercial use. Until then, I am working to improve the existing chips and processors as they bring me most satisfaction at the level of knowledge I am at.

Why did you want a scholarship with Qualcomm?

Qualcomm is known to be one of the leading companies in the mobile department, with the performance of making the best microchips for devices and the achievement of creating 5G data technology.

Once I knew I wanted to work in the microchips section I decided that Qualcomm would be one of the best places for me to grow as it is the ‘secret’ behind millions of mobile devices. It has impressed me with a constant desire to improve the technology they are providing, but what is more admirable is how they are trying to enhance the performance of budget devices. Moreover, they are achieving these performances while protecting the environment and its employees, as one of their main goals is sustainability.

I wanted a scholarship with Qualcomm to determine whether it is a family that I would like to grow my career in, a place where I want to invest my intelligence in. I chose a role that was fit for my interest, microchips and got an insight as to what they have to offer for me in the future.

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

I was lucky to be working as part of a team, along with two other people, responsible for verifying the FPGA image generated for the emulation platform, making sure it was stable enough for the software team. We had to test that the features were available for all the use cases of the software team and make sure that the hardware team understood the requirements well enough and managed to put them into the newly generated image.

My responsibility revolved around two projects. For the first one I had to get used to the architecture and understand how everything is wrapped up together by making minimal changes to accommodate the new features of the microchip. As part of this phase of my internship I also developed scripts that automated some of the processes that the team had to do, along with bringing additional features that would make testing easier. As for the second project, I worked in getting it started up so I could get a taste for the things that are going to come in the next year, when I graduate.

What do you like to do outside of work?

What surprises most people is that during my university I managed to get a pet and, regardless of the hectic schedule, form a strong bond with him. Donut is a lovely budgie that gives kisses, says “Give me a kiss” and “Who’s a pretty bird”, and watches TV shows with me. He sits on the laptop while I study and sings every morning when I wake up. He has helped me with my home sickness and university stress, a strong pillar in my development.

In high school I used to read a lot and this has stuck with me through my time in the UK, although it has decreased due to the amount of work I had to put in for my course. Recently, I have been reading Karamazov Brothers by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and, apart from enhancing my cultural knowledge, it has helped me develop my English language skills and grow my patience.

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.