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Smart NIC Design Engineer Interns

Marlow, High Wycombe. 3 vacancies.

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Intel Cloud Platforms and Enterprise Acceleration Division is seeking to recruit 3 interns starting in the summer 2022. The roles are based in Intel's office in Marlow, UK. 
The team focuses on the development of smart NICs and IPUs, reusable IP components for smart NICs and turn-key design services for top customers and strategic opportunities. The work focuses primarily on the use of Intel FPGAs and interaction/integration with Intel Xeon-D processors.

The successful candidates will work alongside our architects, development and verification experts and will help within the context of the projects, in one or more areas including development (RTL coding), verification (simulation), scripting languages (Python), modelling, high level description languages, hardware validation and verification infrastructure. Their work will contribute to the ongoing team projects.

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The 3 roles are for:

  • Advanced lookup table design and implementation
  • Unit and top level design verification with SystemVerilog
  • FPGA development including script-based verification

The successful candidate could either be a software engineer student with an interest in hardware development, or a hardware engineer student looking for some experience.

At Intel, we take pride in creating an energetic and dynamic work environment that is driven by ingenuity and innovation. We believe the growth and success of our company is directly linked to the growth and satisfaction of our employees. That is why Intel is committed to a work environment that is flexible and collaborative and allows our employees to reach their full potential.


This is a 13-month fixed-term placement suitable for students currently studying a degree course in relevant disciplines and is targeted at 2nd year students enrolled in a 4-year bachelor's degree which includes a year in industry. Candidates must be based in the United Kingdom upon the start date of this internship, and for its entire duration. We are unable to support remote working from outside the UK.

Part of a Bachelor's degree course in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or a related discipline in the field.

Skills in the following domains would be beneficial:

  • Understanding of computer network protocols and/or CPU architectures.
  • Understanding of hardware development process.
  • Basic RTL knowledge (Verilog, SystemVerilog or VHDL).
  • Basic understanding of scripting languages (Python, TCL, Makefile)
  • Basic understanding of a programming language, e.g. C, C++, and programming principles and techniques.
  • Basic understanding of Linux and Linux commands.


  • We offer our interns a competitive compensation package, including a market-leading salary. 
  • You will also be entitled to the company’s two types of bonuses: the quarterly profit bonus and the annual performance bonus subject to guidelines. 
  • Other benefits include free hot and cold drinks, free fruit and even free sports and subsidised use of leisure facilities at the Marriott Hotel, Swindon.

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Opportunity Overview

  • Ongoing
  • Multiple vacancies
  • £17,300 + starting bonus and leaving bonus of £1,000 each + benefits
  • All grades
  • 13 months
  • Marlow, High Wycombe
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications
  • Web Development

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