l-r Martin, Craig and Jade, Scott Logic's Newcastle-based interns for summer 2016Bespoke software development consultancy Scott Logic has welcomed its 2016 summer interns to its Newcastle office.

Craig Ayre, 22, Jade Elliott, 20, and Martin Moxon, 21, are among seven undergraduate students to benefit from one of its paid internships, after recruiters sifted through almost 80 applications. The trio will be based in the city centre office at St James’ Gate for the duration of the summer.

Craig, who is from Tow Law in County Durham, is studying Maths at Northumbria University and spends much of his spare time creating a library that models and automates Pokémon Emerald. Currently in his third year, he applied for the internship after following the company’s tech blog for over a year.

He said: “I really want to be challenged through the placement and am looking forward to learning some new things.”

Jade, from Newcastle, is also studying Maths and is currently in her second year at York University. Previously, Jade took part in the British Science Association CREST Scheme where she worked to solve a real life problem to reduce costs for Rolls Royce. She is Scott Logic’s first ever intern software tester and has no prior experience with coding.

She said: “I’m hoping to learn a lot about software and gain real experience of the working world while I’m still studying.”

Martin, from Hull, is in third year at Durham University studying Computer Science with Maths. As part of his course he undertook a project to develop an automated digital signature system for fraudulent message blocking, and came across Scott Logic after attending one of its Hack events last year.

He said: “I found the Hack really interesting and now I’ve started the placement, I’m looking forward to getting more experience working in groups with others, as I’m used to working mostly alone at university.”

Throughout their three months with Scott Logic, Craig, Martin and Jade will undergo JavaScript and HTML5 training, supervised by experienced mentors before working together on a project to create a Slackbot.

Scott Logic’s Recruitment Strategy Manager Michelle Minnikin added: “Our internship is a significant part of what we offer, and we’re immensely proud that many of our best interns choose to accept a conditional offer to join our graduate scheme full time once their academic studies are complete.

“The internship programme, which is aimed at those in their penultimate year of study, acts as a structured stepping stone into a graduate role, as our experienced mentors supervise participants in completing challenging but extremely rewarding projects.”

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