Deliveroo’s student-internship programme to offer exposure to engineering talent

The interns will be given an opportunity to work at the food-tech firm’s development centre in Hyderabad


Students, fresh out of engineering colleges, will now have an opportunity to intern with Deliveroo, the global food-delivery company. The UK-headquartered company’s first ever paid internship programme for fresh graduates in India will be spread over six months, during which the students will be allowed to work at Deliveroo’s India Development Centre (IDC), in Hyderabad.

Through this six-month internship programme, the interns will undergo a specialised learning plan with identified goals and collaboration opportunities.

While the programme is presently limited to Hyderabad, Deliveroo plans to make the same available in other regions across the country, for which it intends to collaborate with more institutions.

The interns will be selected via a campus hiring programme comprising interviews and assessments to test their technical, interpersonal and prototyping skills. Once selected, the students will be given a chance to work closely with Deliveroo’s engineering teams, focussed on restaurant tech, delivery, consumer tech, finance, as well as care and trust. They will also be able to master various software such as Kafka, Docker, Ruby on Rails, React and Go.

According to Sashi Somavarapu, vice president – engineering and country head, Deliveroo India, the programme will give the students the much needed “practical exposure to disruptive technology that happens at Deliveroo every day”. The company is looking to tie up with various academic institutions across the country, “which will help us eventually create a deeper talent pool for IDC in the coming years”.

The first phase of the programme will see students from Vasavi Engineering College, who are majoring in computer science and information technology, being put on an accelerated career path. This will facilitate their better absorption into a corporate environment.

The exposure at the IDC will help these interns transition smoothly from a college environment to a corporate one. Being amidst skilled and experienced people during the internship will also motivate them to do well and overcome challenges at the workplace.

It is pertinent to mention here that Deliveroo’s IDC is the largest technology hub outside of the UK. About 140 out of Deliveroo’s 600-strong global engineering workforce is based out of this centre, with talent specialising in analytics, platforms, automation and machine learning.

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