Work Placement / Internship

Summer Internship 2022 Software, Cyber, Machine Learning, Sensors & Comms, Consulting

Computer Science/Maths/Electronic/Physics.

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Your Roke

Roke is curious, unashamedly technical and has worked at the leading edge of innovation for over 60 years. Roke Engineers work on a variety of exciting fields from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning to Sensors and Comms, and everything thing in between.


Our 300 scientists, engineers and consultants pride themselves on meeting our clients' most difficult and complex challenges.

Roke is responsible for a plethora of fascinating technologies such as Hawk-Eye, Startle, RENS and even developed technology for the Mars Beagle Lander currently 200 million miles away. Our motto is “business unusual” and we strive to live by it!

As a Roke Summer Intern you can expect an exceptional platform to compliment your Uni experience. With highly experienced, friendly and supportive colleagues who will support you each step of the way. 

Your career chartered by you!

Graduates at Roke have access to a rich pool of varied opportunities. This could include developing deep specialist knowledge in a niche field. Broad knowledge across the tech stack. Domain expertise leading to more client-focused roles. Pastoral care and coaching via line management.

Your Role

You will typically be with us for eight weeks in July/August and will be paid an excellent monthly salary. We transform businesses and organisations across all sectors by bringing the physical and digital worlds together, applying our experience and expertise in sensors, communications, cyber-security and AI.

In your summer vacation work you will gain hands on experience of the innovative work that we undertake. This will give you an excellent opportunity to learn and develop new skills within the varied and interesting engineering work which takes place at Roke.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in Roke’s social clubs, such as Data Science or Cyber club, and receive technical and business skills training.

If you are selected to join us on a summer vacation placement scheme you’ll add value from day one and we are confident you will find it engaging and rewarding for both yourself and your career.

Your Projects!

Unlike other working environments Roke maintains a project orientated structure. This allows and encourages you to “try out” a variety of skills and roles throughout your career. You could finish an Artificial Intelligence Python project then move onto a Vison processing C++ project.

You might also split your weeks with Bidding activities and running a small team. There’s a large amount of flexibility by design and it’s up to you how you engage with this feature.

Finally, please note this isn’t a perk just for new starters but an intrinsic part of Roke. We routinely have senior engineers change projects to “try out something new” or juggle multiple projects because “they all sound fun!”

Applicants should demonstrate 

  • You will ideally be in your 2nd or 3rd year, studying a full time degree course in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Electronic Engineering, Systems Engineering, Business Management, Operational Research (or a related discipline) however, if you are at the close of your 1st year of study you are still welcome to apply.
  • You should already have some practical experience of software and be able to demonstrate an analytical approach to problem solving, so that during your placement useful work can be conducted under the supervision of an engineer.
  • An ability to pick up new tools, frameworks and languages fast
  • An ability to analyse problems and communicate well thought through solutions
  • An ability to develop new solutions where no pre-existing solution fits
  • A willingness and capability to work as part of a team

Your Community!

Roke fosters a campus like feel on each of its sites, due in part to the relaxed dress code but more intrinsically by its people. We employ some of the best and brightest the world has to offer, but beyond that we employ people who are genuinely passionate about the technology they use and the work they do. Together this generates vibrant community of friendly individuals eager to support your development.

Roke prides itself on doing better each year on all aspects around the business and the community it serves. To aid in this we have Corporate Social Responsibility Groups (CSRGs) and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). The CSRGs cover larger scale activates such as STEM outreach, Community outreach and Sustainability. ERGs are more specific, personal and focus on diversity & Inclusion.

A message from Roke’s Inspire - LGBT+ Support Network – “We provide support and advice, and champion inclusivity and understanding for anyone with questions around sexual orientation and gender identity. Membership is private and open to allies too”. 

Roke also benefits from a plethora of employee led clubs which cover everything from gaming to food.  A few example clubs include Football, Climbing, Airsoft, Sailing, Cyber security, Data science, Astronomy, and much, much more!

Not to mention the numerous company events throughout the year, including a summer music festival, bonfire night built by you (including fireworks, off course!) and a Christmas party.

Your benefits!

  • A substantial performance related bonus scheme
  • Hybrid 60% work from home 40% office based 
  • Flexi-Time Scheme
  • Onsite leisure facilities (Site dependent), everything from tennis courts to gyms and River Test fishing rights

Your Application Process

Our hiring community will review your CV and supporting information from the application form. If we feel Roke would be a great fit for your aspirations you’ll be invited to an assessment centre.

Roke assessment days are both fun and challenging.   You’ll meet the tech teams, receive a talk from a senior leader, receive a tour, have an interview and partake in super-fun, original team exercises. We will provide you with lunch and cover your travel expenses.

Roke encourage applications from neuro-diverse people. We are keen to arrange an alternative interview process and we will make reasonable adjustments. Just reach out to the Recruitment Team and we will work with you to develop a bespoke application process that is tailored to suit your needs.  

The assessment process is subject to change pending Covid restrictions.

Your Security!

Due to the nature of this position, we require you to be eligible to achieve UK Security Clearance.

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Job ID Number: 000941
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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • 8 weeks
  • Romsey (Hampshire)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Systems

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