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Katie Duffy

Tell us about yourself

Hi there! My name is Katie Duffy and I am a third year Bachelor of Education student in Dublin City University. I specialise in Digital Learning and that is where my passion for STEM began.

Why did you apply for the STInt Programme?

I applied to the STInt internship in the hope to gain knowledge and acquire skills that I will one day be able to bring into a classroom to influence my future teaching. I desire to be a teacher whose passion for STEM is palpable within the classroom and in turn inspires students to follow a STEM career. I would truly love to build meaningful STEM experiences that I will be able to share with my students that will open their eyes to the huge possibilities there are within STEM careers. This internship opens up an opportunity for me to gain invaluable real life experiences and therefore, I am super passionate about this opportunity and am so excited to get started in my role!

Where are you doing your ‘STInt’ in industry?

I am delighted to have accepted a role at Xilinx for summer 2021. Xilinx are an innovative, adaptable computer chip company based in Co. Dublin (headquarters are located in San Jose, California) My internship will be completed remotely- the team will be providing me with a laptop and any necessary equipment. All going well, I hope to visit the Dublin branch at some stage during the summer to get a real feel for the company.

I have met my supervisor through Zoom call and he was so lovely, telling me all about the history of Xilinx and what exactly they do. He explained my role as Analog Mixed SIgnal Intern and what that may entail. My job will be mainly to check the codes that are on the chips and recognise any bugs that may be occurring. At first, this seemed a little daunting but my supervisor was so reassuring and completely put me at ease. I am so excited to get involved in this amazing company and gain such priceless, first hand experience.

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