Techspert partners with Santander Universities to cultivate the next generation of STEM professionals

Written by Sam Mapungwana, Associate Director of Marketing, 6 August 2019 – an AI-driven expert network connecting organisations with precision-matched expert insight to help them make more informed decisions – has introduced an internship programme in partnership with Santander Universities to foster the upcoming generation of STEM professionals. The immersive programme gives students hands-on experience at a growing technology company that’s disrupting the expert network industry.

Intern group photo

The 2019 intern class from left to right: Tara Livesey, Marcos Tapia, Preben Ness, Callum Macdonald and Rory Highnam.

Taking place over eight weeks, the programme gives students an opportunity to be integral members of the technical team, with their implementations being integrated into’s AI technology. The technology searches the entirety of publicly accessible online information to find and evaluate the world’s leading experts across all topics. It then matches organisations seeking expertise with experts who possess it. Although the company has embraced interns on an ad-hoc basis since its inception in 2015, this is the first year it’s decided to formalise things by introducing an annual internship programme.

“We’re delighted to formally announce our internship programme in partnership with Santander Universities,” commented Graham Mills, Co-Founder and Managing Director. “By joining forces, we can provide a programme for students who have a passion for technology, for solving the bottlenecks to innovation that we face as a society, and an eagerness to learn. We’ve got a great group of interns this year who exemplify this down to the core,” he added.

Santander Universities has provided with part-funding for the programme. Kevin Bardwell, Santander Universities Relationship Manager said the following:

“Our mission is to provide students from all backgrounds with the financial support needed to succeed in university, the graduate job market and self-employment.  We're pleased to collaborate with via our SME internship programme. These initiatives help students kick-start their careers in a growing competitive graduate job market and provide businesses with the funds needed to run successful programmes.” has had great success with interns in the past with a handful of current employees having started as interns. This is a promising sign that the internship experience at is a positive and fulfilling one. Now a permanent member of the technical team, Ayaka Shinozaki – Machine Learning Engineer – was the first intern to join’s back-end team in 2018.

“When I joined as an intern I had the drive to grasp machine learning but little coding experience. Upon expressing my interest in learning how to code the company was open to the idea and I started developing my technical skills from day one,” said Shinozaki. “Working in such a stimulating environment helped catapult my career in the technology landscape. In fact, as a testament to the programme, I recently won an award at The Future Stars of Tech Awards. The award recognised my work at, which included my project as an intern, and my mentoring initiatives,” she concluded.


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