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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

CIS Summer Internships

Looking for a head-start in an IT career right on your doorstep?

The CIS Summer Internship Programme gives you an opportunity to contribute to an IT project from start to finish over the course of 12 weeks. Working as a full member of your respective team, you'll be able to experience life in a large IT organisation first-hand, as well as improve your IT skills and deliver a project to that will give real benefits to the University.

What you get from us

  • Paid experience in a large IT organisation in the Higher Education sector
  • An opportunity to prove your ability in real work situations on key University projects
  • Development of a wide range of soft skills including communication, time and project management and analysis

Each post is paid at Grade 2.

There are four posts available and we are looking to place students in the following areas:

Audio Visual x1

The Audio Visual team have an opportunity to update their public facing webpages, service catalogue entries and knowledge base articles. The successful applicant will have opportunities to redesign the AV webpages and update the information available. One area of focus will be the ‘Teaching Rooms’ pages that are used by staff and students to access information about the equipment and facilities available in teaching spaces. This will involve gathering and collating information, webpage editing, updating databases, surveying or spaces and taking images.

They will also be expected to update the knowledge base articles used by users for self service support.

Student Lifecycle (RNGS Testing and Development) x 2

These posts will be based within the Student Lifecycle team as part of the Information Systems group and will work with the Academic Registry to deliver the ‘Recruiting the Next Generation of Students’ project. Interns will be responsible for developing and testing systems used to recruit and deliver new students into the university, including Dynamics 365 and related systems, duo and timetabling. As an intern in the Student Lifecycle team you would be working on the development of student information systems, through the development and testing lifecycle of the product and the overall recruitment of students.

Interns will also engage as a full member of the team providing application development and support and ensure that projects and activities are delivered on-time and in-budget.

Good communication skills are essential as the role will involve liaising with other CIS staff, academics, end users and 3rd-party suppliers. Core development skills including Oracle SQL, Java are required and a good knowledge of Unix / Linux shell scripting would be advantageous. Good problem solving techniques in a technical/applications environment are essential.

IT Service Desk x 1

The IT Service Desk are reviewing the CIS webpages and would like one of the successful interns to become part of this project. The main area of work will revolve around website administration and content management; this will include coordinating an audit of all our current content on the CIS webpages, checking for broken links, webpages no longer existing, old images or incorrect data.

After completing the review, you will work closely with stakeholders in CIS to co-ordinate the pages being brought up to date. You will work with the content management system

Each post holder would be given opportunities to experience first-hand the work undertaken in the relevant teams, as well as a specific small scale project to deliver, which will require collaboration with colleagues across CIS and potentially other key stakeholders.

What we're looking for from you

  • Bags of enthusiasm, both for IT and for improving the working lives of staff and students at your University
  • An articulate and confident communicator
  • A great team player who also has the confidence to work independently when required
  • An inquisitive nature to drive your research and analysis for your project

This internship will be a fantastic opportunity to strengthen these skills as well as discover and develop a whole lot more!

Find out what our previous interns thought about their time in CIS

Who should apply?

If you've read this far, then you should!

We welcome applications from all students whatever your discipline or field of experience - what matters to us is that you're keen and want to be considered.

The main condition is that you must be a current Durham undergraduate, even if you will have graduated by the time the internship starts and you are free of academic commitments for the duration of the internship.

Successful applicants will be with us from 1 July 2019 until 20 September 2019. The closing date is 7th June 2019, and interviews will take place on 18th June.

Read the full job specification and apply on the student portal here.

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