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UCLan student gets prestigious internship with global company Cisco

Philip lands year-long placement working with latest IT technology

A second year student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has fought off tough competition to secure a 12-month internship with Global IT company Cisco.

Philip Whiteside will spend his internship with Enhanced Customer Aligned Testing Services (ECATS) in Reading. It will provide him with the opportunity to partner with customer specific testing experts within Cisco Services, and gain hands-on access to the latest technologies. Philip will also work within the team to solve complex network issues that impact Cisco’s top five per cent customers.

As there is only one ECATS laboratory within EMEA this is an excellent opportunity to work in a customer-focused and progressive company. Services are broken down into capabilities enabling Philip to work with customers from all over the world.

Philip, who is currently in his second year of a BSc (Hons) Computer Network Technology degree, commented: “I feel this has come at a perfect time, the opportunity of a life-time in my penultimate year of study. Cisco is so much more than just a networking company. They are pushing the boundaries of networks, improving businesses with a whole range of services across the globe and I think I will gain a lot of experience working with them.

“I will be returning to UCLan in 2013 to finish my studies with a whole new understanding and appreciation for the industry.”

Philip gained advice and support from both his tutor and UCLan futures on his CV, application form and the interview - all of which helped him land this opportunity. He added: “Everyone here at UCLan has been extremely supportive.”

Sedef Buyukataman, Global Intern Program Manager at Cisco commented; “This is a great launch-pad for a career in networking and we’re very pleased Philip will be joining our team.

“The ECATS team has a long history of dedication to their internship programme. In the UK we bring in between two to five interns each year, many of whom are offered full-time positions upon successful completion of their internship in ECATS, Advanced Services or Technical Sales.”

In 2011 Cisco invested in the provision of specialist equipment and expertise to enhance the industrial networking environment in the world’s first Tele-immersive Digital Manufacturing (TiM) lab at the University’s Burnley Campus. The TiM lab will expose UCLan students to industrial networking to give them a broader experience of networking scenarios and technologies.

UCLan is also a Cisco Academy and aligns some of its teaching with the training arm of the organisation that provides industry training courses for networking professionals.

UCLan’s relationship with Cisco Systems evolved out of joint working between the University’s Knowledge Transfer Team, researchers and academics. Anyone wishing to work with UCLan in similar ventures can contact the Knowledge Transfer Team on 01772 895500 or email