School of Informatics

Four Informatics Graduates Win Silicon Valley Internships

The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) offers newly graduating Software Engineering Students from the UK the unique experience of working with hot start-ups in Silicon Valley through a one-year internship. This year, the programme has selected 4 School of Informatics graduates out of 15 in total.


The Goal of SVIP is to give those graduates a total immersion course in what it’s like to live and work in a start up for a year. Graduates can experience and learn from the can-do attitude of Silicon Valley where people give things a try, fall flat on their face and get back up again for another go. The SVIP also gives additional training and exposure to subjects that might be of interest to the graduates.

Michael HughesFounder SVIP and Co-founder of LoopUp

The SVIP targeted students from the top 20 Universities in the UK for Computer Science. The application process was rigorous, involving four rounds of selection and interviews conducted by the participating start-ups. Each applicant had an 11% chance of being selected for 15 final positions. Those from University of Edinburgh make up about a fourth of the programme.

What our Graduates Say

Chris Atkin-Granville

Chris is an MSc Computer Science graduate and will be working with Guidespark, Palo Alto:

"I am hoping to get two main things out of my experience at SVIP: real world engineering for a large scale system and secondly a taste of what it’s like to be in a start- up environment."

Chris Atkin-Granville Interview

Marat Subkhankulov

Marat will be graduating this summer with a MInf and will be working with Nimble Storage, San Jose:

"SVIP is a stepping stone to starting my own business. I have always wanted to find a job with meaning and purpose, something that will get me out of bed in the morning and something that will leverage my interest in game development, music and art."

Marat Subkhankulov Interview

Barney Jackson

Barney will be graduating this year with a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science. He will be spending his SVIP year working at Coffee Meets Bagel in San Francisco:

“This is a fantastic opportunity for a graduate to get some experience in the Silicon Valley, in a creative environment with exciting people and new ideas. In the long run, I’d like to create my own start- up company”.

Barney Jackson Interview

Chris Howard

Chris will be graduating this year with a BSc in Computer Science and will be taking his placement year with the start-up company LoopUp based in San Francisco:

“SVIP offers a real opportunity to dive right into the heart of the technology industry. There are many, many things to come out of our generation and I want to be involved with as many of them as possible.”

Chris Howard

The School of Informatics graduates will begin their internships this August, returning to the UK after their one year internship has ended.