What is Pathways to Digital Innovation?

The digital and tech industry is a career destination that is constantly developing, with job opportunities arising constantly. In addition, the applications of digital innovations such as mobile apps, software development and smart gadgets have far reaching impacts on all sectors and all job roles on a daily basis. Our homes are now “smart homes” filled with gadgets which use the internet of things concept, and decision makers utilise big data to inform policy.

This pathway to digital innovation explores the disruptive technology which has changed the way we live, work and play. You will gain an understanding of topics such as gamification, app development and the technology behind social media. Whether you are looking to work in research, marketing, farming or the third sector an understanding of how digital technologies function and how they can be used to amplify the impact of your work is vital.

Through a 4 day hands-on training programme, delivered by industry professionals, and a 1 week paid internship with a digital organisation, you will learn a variety of skills applicable to digital technology. This pathway welcomes applicants from all disciplines and levels, no prior knowledge of coding, gaming or “techy” concepts is necessary.

  The interactive programme comprises of 2 key elements:

  •  Training - a 4 day programme, to take place on Penryn campus, where students will learn about digital technologies, gaining hands-on experience from professionals in the tech sector. Monday 18th - Thursday 21stJune 2018. Topics include (but are not exclusive to) :
    • Introduction to the digital sector
    • The potential of open data
    • The effects of gamification
    • App development
    • Applications of big data
    • Artificial intelligence and robotics
    • Agile project management
    • Client liaison
    • User experience (UX)
    • Internet of things
    • Meeting your employer and understanding their organisation
    • Working to the project brief
    • Presenting results and recommendations
    • Internship reporting and internship log
  •  Internship - a week-long paid internship in a tech focused business. Monday 25th – Friday 29th June 2018

Applications will open Monday 15th January 2018 and close midnight Sunday 4th March 2018.

It all adds up! This Careers activity counts towards the Exeter Award.







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You must be a current University of Exeter student when you apply for the programme. We welcome applications from all disciplines and levels of study, as long as you can demonstrate a keen interest in this subject area. This programme will be running at our Penryn campus.

International students must have the right to work in the UK and provide your visa status and explanation on your application form. If you are called to the selection assessment session you will be asked to bring evidence of your right to work status.

Applications will open Monday 15th January 2018, to apply please complete the Pathways to Digital Innovation - Penryn - Student Application Form.

This program is highly competitive so you need to ensure your application stands out. Because of this, it is recommended that you book on and attend the “Effective application form” workshop bookable via My Career Zone before you complete your application. This workshop will also count to your Exeter Award.

It is important to note that the information you provide on your application form may be shared with external employers as part of the internship matching process.

Every application form will be reviewed once the programme advert closes on 4th March 2018. After application forms have been reviewed, students will be shortlisted and then invited to an assessment centre on Penryn campus where the final 20 students will be chosen. You will be notified if you have been called to an assessment centre or not by 8th March 2018. 

The assessment centre will take place the week commencing 19th March 2018. This will be the only session delivered, so in order for you to be successfully chosen for the programme you will need to be able to commit to attending.

The application process is highly competitive and therefore only the best performing students will be selected for an assessment session and subsequently for inclusion on the programme. Any students not successful in the application process will receive feedback for their performance, and will be signposted to resources and support available.

Training will take place the week after the end of the summer 2018 term; Monday 18th – Thursday 21st June 2018.

The 20 successfully selected students will undertake a week of intensive training, delivered by local professionals who are experts in their chosen field. This will comprise a mix of presentations, hands-on activities and social events.

If selected, you will need to undertake a week long paid internship with a business working on a specific project. These internships will take place after your training has been completed from Monday 25th June – Friday 29th June 2018.

If selected you will be required to identify which projects and businesses you are most interested in and send us your ranked choices by 3rd June.

The matching process will completed based on the understanding of the client’s business and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.

You will also be invited to a briefing session on 6th June prior to the training week starting. Applicants will need to be geographically mobile as not all placements will be offered in the Penryn/Falmouth area.

If selected, you will undertake a week long paid internship with local leaders in the digital technology sector These internships will take place after your training has been completed - Monday 25th June until Friday 29th June 2018.

This week long (35 hour) internship will be paid and is fully funded by the University of Exeter.

If selected you will be invited to a pre-course briefing session prior to the training week, where the range of internship projects will be presented to you and you will be required to identify which projects you are most interested in.

A matching process will then be completed based on the associates involved in the project and your application form and identified preferences. No guarantee can be made that you will be matched to your preferred project but our aim is to match as many students to their preferred projects as possible.


If you have been successful in securing a place on this programme or would like to ask any further questions please contact the Pathways to Digital Innovation team by emailing pathways2digital@exeter.ac.uk

  • Gain an insight into different roles in the different roles in the digital technology sector
  • Increase knowledge of sector specific activities
  • Learn in an interactive and experiential environment
  • Work with students from different year groups, subjects and levels of degree
  • Be inspired by experienced professionals
  • Gain confidence in your abilities
  • Develop your career plan
  • Apply newly acquired learning to a group project as part of the training
  • Culminates in an essential work experience, undertaking a paid internship with local leaders in digital technology
  • Receive a certificate and reference

Elements of Pathways to Digital Innovation align with the following UN Sustainable Development Goals: