Leading Design-for-Test assignments in a professional environment

Mafalda tells us about working as a Digital design & verification intern at Intel Corporation for her electronic and electrical engineering placement.

Student works at a computer in an office on placement
Malfada works at her desk in the Intel Communications and Devices Group at Swindon

Throughout my year at Intel, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of fascinating and challenging projects with people from all over the world. I have contributed towards the maintenance of the functional verification testbenches for our projects, as well as led and innovated in Design-for-Test (DFT) assignments.

I've developed my technical skills by working on digital system on chip (SoC) design and verification. I've also acquired a better sense of how to work as a team and how to work in a professional environment.

My favourite project on placement was leading a DFT trial to improve and automate a part of our design flow for current and future products. I enjoyed working independently in the technical development aspect of the trial, as well as collaborating with someone from my team to present our findings in a technical paper.

Looking ahead

I think returning to university with this kind of experience under my belt will not only strengthen my previous academic knowledge, but also help me understand how to best plan and communicate in group projects.

For any students debating whether to go on placement, I would definitely recommend it! It is a brilliant opportunity to experience a professional environment before completing your degree. You can learn a lot and meet a wide variety of people.

‘Bath stood out from other universities for its industrial placements. The University provided continuous support at every stage of my placement application process, from the initial phone interview until signing the contract.’
Mafalda Ribeiro, MEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering with placement year, 2019