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Energy and Enthusiasm at Internship Speed Connect Event  2018 October 1

Regent House at TCD came alive on Friday with the annual Computer Science ‘Internship Speed Connect’ event where employers held interviews for internship placements with more than 50 candidates from the Masters in Computer Science (MCS) and the Masters in Computer Engineering (MAI).  These placements will run from January to July 2019. 

The atmosphere was enthusiastic and energetic yet somehow remained ordered as the changeovers took place every 4 minutes and students moved from desk to desk to engage with the employers.   

Caoimhe Mooney, a Computer Science student at the event said “This event gives brilliant practice talking about yourself, everyone can do a coding problem. After 30 interviews of 4 mins each it’s a great way to learn to promote yourself.”  Computer Engineering student Ankita Kalra found that this experience was much better than communicating by email. “It provides an immediate response and gives the student a good opportunity to find out what the company wants from the intern.”

The employers were more than happy with the event and for some this was their second outing at ‘Speed Connect’ with many giving full-time job offers to last year’s interns starting in 2019. Speaking at the event, Brian Keane, Head of Engineering at Qualtrics “This is a pipeline which brings fresh perspective, fresh talent and great diversity, a group of students who understand differences in culture, gender, nationality and location, bringing new ideas to build better products for a global company”.

Sam Green, a graduate of this internship process and now working on the other side as a Software Engineer with SureWash and recruiting at the event says “This internship programme is a great opportunity for students to gain real experience on real world projects”

Companies attending Internship Speed Connect included: DemonWare, Effective Software, LexisNexis, Bloomberg PolarLake, TechIreland, Qualtrics, Deloitte, Bearing Point, PTC, Workday, Pivotal, Citi, AIB, Hubspot, Guidewire, StarsGroup,, TouchTech, Salesforce, Ultan Technologies, Veritas, Mastercard, Hosted Graphite, Arista, SureWash, Groupon, Intel, Accenture, Visible Thread and Ericsson. 

Many more companies are also offering internships including: APTIV, ASSUREHEDGE, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Edgescan, KAL, Shutterstock, SIG, Stripe, Travelport Digital and Wia.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Hugo De Sousa, Innovation Manager with Bearing Point gives the event a score of 10 saying, “This event is engaging, with high energy and natural conversation between people, great exposure for students. These are high quality students with very impressive CVs who can also communicate, a most important skill”.

More information on all the internships on offer here:  


Posted by: Catherine O'Connor, Head of External Relations, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.  catherine.oconnor at