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Product Design & Engineering: Electronic Systems Summer Intern

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About us

We’re an innovation and transformation consultancy that believes in the power of ingenuity to build a positive-human future in a technology-driven world. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking with breakthrough-technologies to progress further, faster. With a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, we’ll offer you unrivalled opportunities for growth and the freedom to excel. Combining strategies, technologies and innovation, we create opportunity from complexity and deliver enduring results, enabling you to build a lasting career. Isn’t it time you joined us?

Become part of the team

The electronics team consist of more than 30 consultants form part of the product development and engineering service. This service is unique amongst management consultancies and enables us to provide an integrated solution to many of our client’s needs. As a member of electronics, we typically work on multidisplinary projects with product design, software engineers, mechanical engineers, data scientists and subject matter experts including medical device development. We support PA in all its markets including defence and security, healthcare including medical devices, consumer and retail, manufacturing, life sciences, transport and energy and utilities.

For example:

Each year, seven million deaths worldwide are attributed to air pollution, with nearly 30,000 in Britain. We worked for Drayson Technologies who launched a new business built on a combination of web, apps and small low energy sensors to monitor air pollution without requiring the batteries to be charged. The electronics team worked on the sensors alongside the client’s engineers and our IT practice to create an end-to-end connected system in under a year. To this is just one example of the constant stream of products that we design and successful deliver into the market. 

Thin electronics for wearable medical devices: We worked with a major pharmaceutical company to develop a wearable medical device with on-body communications for daily use drug delivery. By combining drug delivery and communications technology, we can help improve patient adherence and safety. The benefits included low cost design suitable for high volume manufacturing processes – 100 millions/annum, fully encapsulated and water-proof design with circuit board and battery only 1mm thick, ultra-low standby current and used novel battery chemistry.

PA developed a bespoke LoRa radio module for a safety critical mesh network system for a UK-based SME. Our leading digital, analogue and RF electronics experts designed a functional circuit board in less than three months, including power supply, RF front end, and a bespoke printed antenna. We have also designed and implemented a mesh network protocol layer that sits above the LoRa physical links and thus allows dispersive deployment of the devices without installing cabled infrastructure in the building.We are based in our Melbourn office near Cambridge. It houses a wide range of science and technology capability including product development, process development and technology consulting (strategy, IP) and we have state of the art equipment such as a design studio, machine workshop, rapid-prototyping, clinical labs, environmental testing, metrology and surgical suite.

What we're looking for

What you’ll bring to the role • On track for a first or 2:1 degree in Electronic Engineering or equivalent • A good understanding of analogue and/or digital circuit design • A passion for engineering and in particular electronics The start date for this role will be in July 2020. This role is open to undergraduates in their penultimate year of university. If you intend to return to university after the internship to complete an MSc, you will also be eligible for this position. As part of our application process you will be required to answer three video questions.


  • You’ll be based in our global technology innovation hub 
  • Access to an on-site canteen
  • Extensive learning & development opportunities 
  • Exposure to a global network of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients

Diversity Statement

We believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to PA’s goals, without regard to their sex, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status. We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you will need to have the full right to live and work in the UK. Unfortunately, your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

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