Oliver Steptoe, a Summer Intern at ARM in the Media Processing Group, shares with us his three top tips for securing an internship at ARM.
What was it about ARM that made you want to apply for them?
ARM's reputation is brilliant. They are a top class technology company that provided opportunities to work in my areas of interest as well as explore others I hadn't yet considered. I opted to apply for a graphics internship as that's where my passions lie.
What was the toughest part of the application process? And your favourite part? Were you surprised by anything in the process?
The selection day was both my favourite and toughest part. I got a chance to meet many interesting people also applying for other positions within ARM. The atmosphere was great and the group tasks really made a change to the usual selection of interviews.
What three tip tips would you give fellow Bright Network members hoping to follow in your footsteps?
Make sure you have a reasonably good knowledge of high level CPU functions (block diagrams, serial communication, etc.)
During group tasks, discuss the task with everybody in your group before making any decisions. Don't try to take control!
My third bit of advice is below.
What’s your lucky charm or pre-interview ritual?
Before any interview, I sit down, take a deep breath and try to calm myself down as much as I can. If I start to panic I know I won't make the best impression. At this stage, there's not much more you can do about your interview preparation. What happens, happens. Just make sure you show them your true self, don't have an interview mode. When you stay calm, you can really show them what you have to offer.