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The Young Computer Scientist Summer Internship

Ages 15-18 London OR Live Online

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Internship Overview

The Young Computer Scientist Summer Internship is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring computer scientists to undertake the ultimate career experience in London.

Over the course of 10 days, students aged 15-18 will have some of the most prestigious experiences of computer science that one can imagine: creating an app and deploying it online; carrying out online & offline penetration testing on a ‘secure’ system; working live with autonomous vehicles on cutting-edge technology; networking with top professionals in the industry who will give you advice and answer your questions; and experiential visits to some of the fastest-growing and most innovative technology companies in Europe.

Also available on the Internship is a visit to the University of Cambridge, and a groundbreaking Artificial Intelligence company.

Join us for a life-changing experience that will serve as an outstanding differentiator on your university application form and set you up for a future as a successful computer scientist.

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Internship Highlights

Covid-19: We are proud to report that our Summer 2020 Internships did go ahead as planned in London, with strict social distancing measures in place. The feedback was outstanding, averaging 9.2 out of 10! You can therefore register with confidence. You may alternatively register for the 'Live Online' version of this Internship.

 

Immersive Computer Science Experiences:

  • Carry out a combination online/offline “Red Team” penetration test on a ‘secure’ system against the clock
  • Experiential visits to some of the fastest growing tech startups in Europe
  • Work with the ground-breaking code that software engineers are using to develop autonomous vehicles
  • Create an app and deploy it online
  • Network with top professionals in the industry who will give you advice and answer your burning questions

    Senior Computer Scientists From Iconic Global Brands:

    • Be coached through the immersive experiences with computer scientists from world-renowned firms such as IBM, Google and Samsung.
    • Private networking sessions with these professionals, who can become vital connections for your future careers.

      Comprehensive Career Coaching:

      • Training on how you can get one of the most desirable jobs in computer science, starting now: A-level/IB, university and degree choices; extra-curricular activities; work experience; application and interview techniques.
      • Experience real-life recruitment methods used across industries to recruit computer scientists.
      • Personalised development plan: work with leading recruiters to create a personalised development plan based on the advice you are given, which identifies your strengths and weaknesses and shows you which areas you need to develop further.

      Competitive Advantage In Your University Applications:

      • Attending the internship demonstrates that you’ve gained key skills such as problem-solving, creativity, teamwork, innovation and commercial awareness, which are highly valued by top universities.
      • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your UCAS/College applications.

      World-Class Universities And World-Class People:

      • Experience two of the best universities on the planet: University of Cambridge and University College London (UCL).
      • Meet talented and ambitious students from around the world who fly in for the internship, creating an invaluable lifetime network.

          Design Your Own Internship:

          • Choose to attend the Full Internship (10 days) or Half Internship (5 days). You can also opt to attend this internship "Live Online".
          • Accommodation, meals, guardianship and airport pick-up are available if required and can be added at checkout. London accommodation is provided at University of London’s halls of residence. Evening social activities will also be provided for students booking with accommodation.

          Programme Fee, Format & Options

          The internship will take place on 23rd July – 1st August 2021 OR 20th – 29th August 2021 You can choose either the Half Internship (5 days) or the Full Internship (10 days).

          The Live Online Internship will take place 31st July - 4th August 2021.

          Listed on the table below is a breakdown of the pricing options and what is included. Places are highly limited. The only way to guarantee your place is to click 'Register Now' and enter your details.

          In select circumstances, we can offer payment by instalments, which requires a 50% deposit. To speak to a Student Experience Manager about your personal circumstances please click here OR email us at info@investin.org OR call us on +44 (0) 203 488 5089.

          Highlights In-Person (Half Internship) In-Person (Full Internship) 'Live Online' Internship
          Days of Timetable Days 1-5 Days 1-10 Days 1-5
          Create your own bespoke app alongside top software engineers
          Penetrate a company's security system and simulate a real-life cyberattack with your team
          Discover the groundbreaking code required to develop self-driving vehicles
          Unique experiences at the world-class University of Cambridge and experiential visits to the tech giants occupying London's Silicon Roundabout
          Personalised career coaching session: receive a dynamic, personalised development plan to reach the height of your career ambitions
          Internship (without accommodation or meals)
          £1350

          £2600

          £595
          Additional price for University of London accommodation (private single en-suite rooms) with all meals and guardianship included
          £600

          £1350

          n/a
          Additional price for London airport pick-up and drop-off (each way)
          £100

          £100

          n/a

          DAY 1: ENTER THE INTERNSHIP

          DAY 2: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

          DAY 3: THE NEW WORLD OF DATA SCIENCE

          DAY 4: RED TEAM & TESLA EXPERIENCE

          DAY 5: THE TECH GIANT

          DAYS 6-8: YOUNG COMPUTER SCIENTISTS ON TOUR

          DAY 9: PERSONAL CAREER COACHING

          DAY 10: REVIEW YOUR EXPERIENCE

          DAY 1: ENTER THE INTERNSHIP

          2.00pmThe Internship Begins

          - Keynote speech delivered by the Internship Director
          - Immersive group activities to give you crucial computer science skills for the internship ahead: teamwork, design, critical thinking, working under pressure and presentation
          - Interactive networking session: meet your fellow interns – talented and ambitious students from around the world who can be powerful contacts for your career ahead.

          6.00pmClose

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          DAY 2: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING

          11:00amThe World of Software Engineering

          - How to make your mark in the world of disruptive innovation
          - Software engineering in the most cutting-edge industries
          - The demands and expectations
          - Putting some order to the chaos: SCRUM methodology.

          11:30amFront-End Development

          - What is Front-End Development? Learn about the client side, the stack, and the fundamentals of the web: HTML, CSS & JavaScript.
          - UX & UI techniques and application: develop a keen eye for design.
          - Split test the UX & UI of a website

          1.00pmLunch Break

          2:00pmBack-End Development

          - What is Back-End Development? Communication with the server and the necessary stack.
          - Enter the world of Databases, SQL and the technologies and code that control all our data.
          - Solve problems by thinking like a Software Engineer.

          2.45pmYou Become the Software Engineer: Build an App

          - Work with leading software engineers to design a bespoke app for your client
          - Compete against your peers to create the most innovative solution
          - Experience for yourself the challenges and innovations involved in today’s technology
          - Receive guided feedback at every stage from leading executives

          4:30pmFeedback Session

          - Deploy your app to a server and showcase your creativity and added functionality
          - Pitch in a “demo day” session
          - Receive invaluable feedback from software engineers and Front-End developers

          5.00pmClose

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          DAY 3: THE NEW WORLD OF DATA SCIENCE

          10:30amThe New World of Data Science and AI

          - The possibilities, limitations and dangers of rapidly-advancing technology
          - Powerful examples of AI in use today
          - Progressive, self-learning algorithms: explore how systems apply complex mathematical calculations to big data
          - Identify patterns and come to conclusions with minimal human intervention

          11:30amBuilding Algorithms for a Better World

          - Construct a machine learning algorithm to ensure a successful outcome in a dynamic environment
          - Ensure a successful outcome in a high stakes emergency situation
          - Compete against your peers to create the best code.
          - Be guided every step of the way as you refine your skills and learn vital techniques.

          1.30pmLunch Break

          2:30pmCareer Coaching

          - Your path to becoming a top Computer Scientist starting now
          - A Level/IB, university and degree choices
          - How to stand out: work experience, extracurriculars, hard and soft skills

          3:15pmAssessment centre group task

          - Solve real case studies used in assessment centres for the biggest tech firms in the world
          - Be assessed on critical skills by interview experts
          - Receive personalised feedback and tips along the way

          4:30pmPanel Q&A

          - Ask your burning questions to the high-ranking computer scientists whom you’ve worked with over the weekend.

          5.30pmClose

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          DAY 4: RED TEAM & TESLA EXPERIENCE

          MorningRed Team and Cybersecurity Escape Room

          - Ethical hacking: play defence against cybercriminals.
          - Put a company’s security systems to the test as you and your team search for weaknesses.
          - Enter the company headquarters in your teams and attempt to bypass human security before trying to navigate into the company’s servers.
          - Simulate a cyberattack to identify vulnerabilities in a ‘secure’ network.
          - Working with top penetration testers and cybersecurity analysts to understand the methods and processes to push a devices security and a network to its limits.
          - Using the tools in your toolkit attempt to extract company critical data.
          - Report back to the company on all the vulnerabilities you have discovered and propose better security protocols.

          AfternoonTesla Experience

          - Work with a self driving vehicle alongside top autonomous vehicle engineers
          - Discover the software engineering and cybersecurity involved in developing the cars from Tesla engineers.
          - The evolution of autonomy in automotive and your future opportunities
          - Network with top engineers bringing autonomy into reality

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          DAY 5: THE TECH GIANT

          Full DayExperiential visit to one of the fastest growing tech firms in Europe

          - Experience a day in the life of the computer scientists who are making London the tech capital of Europe.
          - Explore the cutting-edge technologies being developed and pitch your suggestions and feedback.
          - Discover the requirements needed to work at a tech leader and grow your network for the future.
          - Be coached on how to code for the real world by experienced professionals

          *exact programme subject to change without notice

          DAYS 6-8: YOUNG COMPUTER SCIENTISTS ON TOUR

          3 Full DaysTouring the Heart of Europe’s Technology Hub

          - Experiential visit to London’s Silicon Roundabout
          - Experience some of Cambridge’s most iconic colleges and buildings. Meet Cambridge students and get their advice on how to gain a place there for yourself.
          - Experience-session with a cutting-edge artificial intelligence company
          - Understand first-hand the technological revolution happening in the London start-up ecosystem.
          - Understand why London is a global hub for computer science innovation
          - Cultural activities at some of London's most renowned landmarks

          DAY 9: PERSONAL CAREER COACHING

          11.00amApplying for top jobs in Computer Science

          - CVs, cover letters and application forms for top jobs in your chosen area of computer science
          - Ensuring you have both the style and substance to make it to the interview stage

          12.00pmWork Experience

          - Coaching on how to get the work experience that employers are looking for – both traditional forms of work experience and other relevant experience that will make your application stand out, including extra-curricular activities
          - How to make the most of work experience once you get it – impressing employers and using this as a gold star on your CV

          1.00pmLunch Break

          2.00pmAssessment Centres

          - How to impress during assessment centres
          - Experience mock assessment centre activities used by top firms and receive feedback on your performance

          3.00pmInterviews

          - Coaching on how to excel at the interview stage
          - Preparation; style; body language; understanding what you are really being asked; answering difficult questions and more
          - Interactive interview exercises for you to participate in

          4.00pmClose

          DAY 10: REVIEW YOUR EXPERIENCE

          MorningThe Internship Review

          - A review of what you have gained during the Internship
          - How to use this once-in-a-lifetime experience as a springboard for your future
          - Farewell speech by Internship Director

          2.00pmInterns Depart

          DAY 1: CYBERSECURITY

          DAY 2: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (PART I)

          DAY 3: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (PART II)

          DAY 4: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

          DAY 5: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

          DAY 1: CYBERSECURITY

          11.00amEnter the Internship

          - Today's fastest growing industry, computer scientists, are key players in global commerce
          - How to make your mark in the industry defining the future
          - The possibilities, demands and expectations

          11.30amInside the World of Cybersecurity

          - Our time is now: data as the most valuable asset in today’s software-driven economy
          - Navigating the world of cybercriminals: cyber threat as one of the most critical risks to business
          - The latest trends in the threat landscape

          12.00pmYour Data Footprint

          - Discover the longevity of your actions on the internet
          - Clean up your data exhaust
          - Beat the phishing scams and malware attacks: understanding the tools of deception used to manipulate you into divulging confidential or personal information

          12.45pmData Forensics

          - Carry out your own data forensics investigation to uncover cyber-criminal activity
          - Work alongside leading cybersecurity analysts to acquire, examine and analyse digital evidence

          1.15pmLunch Break

          2.00pmYou Become the 'White Hat' Hacker

          - Ethical hacking: play defence against cybercriminals
          - Simulate a cyberattack to identify vulnerabilities in a ‘secure’ network
          - Penetration testing: compete against your peers and work under time pressure to hack into a specially designed “secure” website or app

          4.00pm Close

          *exact programme format subject to change without notice.

          DAY 2: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (PART I)

          11.00amThe World of a Software Engineer

          - Software engineering in the most cutting-edge industries and technologies

          11.30amYou Become the Software Engineer

          - Explore the languages and tools of modern software engineering, and specifically, app development
          - Become the ‘full-stack developer’ for a start-up and be coached on how to devise the ultimate app by industry leading professionals

          12.00pmFront End & User Experience

          - Know your audience: breaking into the minds of your consumers
          - The fundamentals of the web: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
          - Demystifying the jargon and understanding the crucial elements of responsive design

          1.15pmLunch Break

          2.00pmDesign a Unique App alongside Top Executives

          - Work with leading software engineers to design a bespoke app for your client
          - Compete against your peers to create the most innovative solution
          - Experience for yourself the challenges and innovations involved in today’s technology
          - Receive guided feedback at every stage from leading executives

          3.30pmPanel Q&A

          - Live panel Q&A with computer scientists from a variety of backgrounds
          - Key questions answered
          - Receive valuable advice

          4.15pmClose

          *exact programme format subject to change without notice.

          DAY 3: SOFTWARE ENGINEERING (PART II)

          11.00amContinue to Design an App alongside Top Executives

          - Work with leading software engineers to design a bespoke app for your client
          - Compete against your peers to create the most innovative solution
          - Experience for yourself the challenges and innovations involved in today’s technology
          - Receive guided feedback at every stage from leading executives

          1.00pmLunch Break

          2.00pmBack-End and Server-Side Development

          - How to think algorithmically and solve programming problems efficiently
          - Getting hands-on with one of the most popular back-end languages: Python
          - Learn how to store data in a relational database
          - Integrate an API into your app
          - Use these tools to develop web applications with clean, portable, well-documented code

          3.15pmProduct Management

          - Reflect on the feedback and the successes of your time as a software engineer
          - Understand the role of a product manager in creating processes and solutions to bring your product to market faster and more efficiently

          4.00pmClose

          *exact programme format subject to change without notice.

          DAY 4: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

          11.00amWhat is Artificial Intelligence?

          - The possibilities, limitations and dangers of a rapidly-advancing technology
          - Powerful examples of AI in use today
          - Career opportunities: harnessing AI to solve real-world problems

          11.30amThe Evolution of Machine Learning and Big Data

          - AI vs Machine Learning case study: from chatbots to virtual assistants
          - Progressive, self-learning algorithms: explore how systems apply complex mathematical calculations to big data, identify patterns and come to conclusions with minimal human intervention

          12.00pmSupervised vs Unsupervised Machine Learning

          - Differentiating the possibilities of machine learning with labelled and unlabelled datasets
          - Predicting a chosen target variable with supervised machine learning
          - Explore how advanced unsupervised tools can be potential insights determined from raw, unstructured data
          - Build an intimate understanding of how a machine learning algorithm learns from data: Decision Trees

          1.15pmLunch Break

          2.15pmReinforcement Learning

          - Goal-oriented algorithms and how to attain a complex objective by learning from mistakes: State, Action, Reward
          - Artificial neural networks & reinforcement learning architecture
          - Theory intuition session: Deep Q-Learning
          - Case study: explore machine vision capabilities in driverless cars

          3.15pmCareer Coaching

          - Your path to becoming a top Computer Scientist starting now
          - A Level/IB, university and degree choices
          - How to stand out: work experience, extracurriculars, hard and soft skills

          4.00pmClose

          *exact programme format subject to change without notice.

          DAY 5: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY

          11.00amApplying for top Computer Scientist Jobs

          - CVs, cover letters and application forms for top roles across computer science
          - Ensuring you have both the style and substance to make it to the interview stage

          12.00pmWork Experience

          - Coaching on how to get the work experience that top employers are looking for: both traditional forms of work experience and other relevant experience that will make your application stand out, including extra-curricular activities
          - How to make the most of work experience once you get it, impressing employers and using this as a gold star on your CV

          1.00pmLunch Break

          2.00pmAssessment Centres

          - How to impress during assessment centres
          - Experience mock assessment centre activities used across industries to recruit computer scientists and receive feedback on your performance

          3.00pmInterviews

          - Coaching on how to excel at the interview stage
          - Preparation; style; body language; understanding what you are really being asked; answering difficult questions and more
          - Interactive interview exercises for you to participate in

          4.00pmClose

          *In advance of the Internship you will be asked to create a CV and cover letter for a job as a top computer scientist. You will also do some personal reflection on your achievements and ambitions. You will then edit this throughout the day based on the advice you are given, to create your own personal development plan – highlighting your strengths and areas for improvement.

          Dates & Locations

          London, UK

          In-Person

          23rd July – 1st August 2021 OR 20th – 29th August 2021

          UCL, University of Cambridge, and other locations

          Accommodation Location

          Garden Halls (University of London)
          London, WC1H 9EN

          OR 

          College Hall (University of London)
          London, WC1E 7HZ

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          Live Online

          In-Person

          31st July - 4th August 2021

          11am - 4:15pm (UK time)

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          In-Person

          23rd July – 1st August 2021 OR 20th – 29th August 2021

          UCL, University of Cambridge, and other locations

          Accommodation Location

          Garden Halls (University of London)
          London, WC1H 9EN

          OR 

          College Hall (University of London)
          London, WC1E 7HZ

          Download Digital Brochure - Garden Halls >>

          Download Digital Brochure - College Hall >>

          You can download a full digital brochure of Garden Halls, by clicking below:

          Download Digital Brochure >>

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          Online

          31st July - 4th August 2021

          11am - 4:15pm (UK time)

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          Who Can Attend

          The Internship is for students aged 15-18 who have the passion and ambition to both learn about this career and start boosting their university/college applications & CVs. If you are a student who is slightly older or younger than our guidelines, then please do get in touch with us to discuss your specific situation.

          You can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”.

          There is no application process. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are highly limited. We expect to be fully-booked for our 10 day Summer Internships several months in advance so advise you to register as soon as possible.

          No prior knowledge or experience is required to join this programme as we build your knowledge from the basics up to more advanced concepts.

          COVID-19 Group

          Our Summer 2020 Internships in London went ahead as planned with strict social distancing measures in place. The feedback was outstanding, averaging 9.2 out of 10!


          We are therefore very confident that the 2021 Internships will be able to take place too. In the unlikely event that the Internship is completely cancelled because of Covid-19 then you will receive a refund. 


          (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 


          You can view our Covid-19 risk mitigation measures policy document here. This will be constantly updated; we shall follow all government guidelines in place at the time of the Internship. 

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