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Who is Hedy Lamarr?

Hedy Lamarr embodied the spirit of innovation and self-teaching. She made her name as a Hollywood film star in the 1930s and 40s; despite having no formal training in science and technology, she loved working on various inventions in her spare time and taught herself everything that she needed to know. Some of her early ideas included a tablet that you could drop into a glass of water to make a fizzy drink, and an improved design for a traffic light. 

During World War II, she heard about the problem of radio-controlled torpedoes being easily jammed by enemy signals, so she came up with the idea of a frequency-hopping spread-spectrum system that would defeat the jamming. She worked with her friend, composer George Antheil, to turn this into reality using a miniature automated piano playing mechanism to control the frequency of radio signals. This system was eventually adopted by the US Navy in the 1960s and then went on to form the basis of how Bluetooth and WiFi operate.

You can learn more about Hedy Lamarr here:
https://www.ukri.org/women-in-research-and-innovation/gallery-of-pioneers/hedy-lamarr/
https://www.invent.org/blog/inventors/hedy-lamarr

 

 

The details of our internship

If you have great ideas and a desire to change the world, or if you enjoy helping other people turn their visions into reality, the CC Hedy Lamarr Wireless Software internship could be for you. Whatever aspect of wireless software development you are interested in, from the embedded firmware powering household devices to the latest app technology and everything in between - we would love to hear from you.

We don't expect you to know everything already, and unlike Hedy Lamarr you won't have to teach yourself in isolation - you will be fully mentored and supported to learn what you need.

During your paid internship, as well as working on real client projects and internal innovation developments, you can also:

  • attend our regular "brown bag lunch" series featuring informal talks about a wide range of topics (recent examples include synthetic biology, carbon offsetting, deepfake video technology, how to provide feedback...)
  • pay it forward by participating in our STEM Outreach program with local schools
  • make use of our world-class facilities including electronic prototyping, 3D printing, anechoic radio test chamber, continuous integration and test systems and many more
  • collaborate with people from many engineering disciplines to achieve so much more than any of you could have done on your own

We will also fund your attendance at a training course, conference or learning event of your choice - up to a value of £2000. 

After the successful completion of your internship we will provide you with ongoing mentoring and support.

 

How to apply

To apply for the CC Hedy Lamarr Wireless Software internship, alongside your CV please submit a piece of your own personal work which you feel somehow reflects you and represents your potential. Examples could be: an essay, a short video, a piece of art or music, a computer program, a puzzle... or anything else you like. Please also state your preferred start date and duration (up to one year) for the internship.

We’re committed to promoting a diverse workplace and actively work to ensure that everyone feels included and has a sense of belonging, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, ethnic origin, parental status, language, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, and particularly encourage people from groups that are traditionally under-represented in STEM to apply for the CC Hedy Lamarr Wireless Software internship.

 

Timeline guideline:
Applications must be received by 31st December 2019
Applications will be reviewed during January 2020
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in January / February 2020

 

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Benefits

Future prospects

Interns gain invaluable hands-on experience by working alongside our staff on real projects. It’s also a chance to show us what you can do – internships can sometimes lead to the offer of a full-time job once you’ve completed your studies, therefore we invite applications from people who may be interested in applying for a full time job with us after their degree.

Employment benefits

Some of our excellent benefits include a good salary (pro-rata), free canteen - lunches and refreshments, flexible working hours, and access to the social committee.

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