UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering



UCL is ranked in among the 20 best universities in the world for the employability of its graduates in the 2018 QS Employability Rankings.

UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of internships within industry. These can range from summer internships during their summer break to year-long internships both in the UK or overseas which you would apply for in the penultimate year of your BEng or MEng degree. Alongside your degree from UCL, internships can help give your CV the competitive edge, improving your employability skills and giving you early access to future employers. You will also get a salary from the company offering the internship.

We are delighted to be able to give our undergraduate students an opportunity to apply for the Cisco International Internship Programme (CIIP) which allows students to spend a year working for Cisco Systems at Cisco's Headquarters in San Jose, California. Cisco only offer this opportunity to very few universities globally. Our students at Cisco have found that a year's degree related work has given them real business experience, increased their motivation and helped set them up for life with contacts, experience and opportunities.

Read more about the experience of our current interns at Cisco in California

Several UCL Engineering students, including undergrads Konrad Chlupka and Pedro Oliveira and graduate Viet Cuong Vu from this department, are currently spending a year at Cisco Systems HQ in California on the Cisco International Internship Programme (CIIP). Each year we send students to work for the technology company in San Jose. Since 2012 we have sent about 80 students there and many have gone on to secure employment with the company. We are delighted that Cisco have recently announced they will be setting up one of the world’s largest AI research centres at UCL

Our undergraduate students apply in their penultimate year or final year and MSc students may apply and if successful, transfer on to a 2 year MSc with a year in industry, in order to complete the programme. Many students return from their internship even more motivated and excited about careers in engineering and technology. Here are some quotes from our students on their experiences so far:

After spending just over a month in California, I'm certain that Cisco International Internship Program is an outstanding opportunity which can redefine one's career. Working here exposes me to cutting-edge technologies used worldwide, and I get to cooperate with the greatest minds in the industry. I look forwards to all the opportunities in the coming months. W. Konrad Chlupka


Having recently started my year-long internship at Cisco in San Jose, I can say that it has been one of the greatest opportunities in my career. Working at Cisco gives you not only the chance to develop and test the latest technology, but also allows you to network with the best professionals in the field, ultimately pushing your career forward. In addition, living in the heart of Silicon Valley has its many advantages, whether it be visiting Google HQ or going on a weekend trip to Los Angeles. Pedro Oliveira


For anyone aspiring a career in technology, the Valley is the perfect place to set you up for success.Cisco itself provides you with the latest tools and technologies to work with, as well as some of the most brilliant minds in the industry from all across the globe.All of this fosters a culture that encourages you to explore every venue of opportunity and become a better version of yourself every day. Viet Cuong Vu