Build great technology to delight our customers and colleagues.
Receive technical, operational and leadership training.
Deliver value through the support of a buddy, mentor and manager.
Seize the opportunity to be offered a place on one of our graduate programmes.

Status: Programme closed

Key Information

Salary Range - £18k pa

Eligibility – 300 UCAS Points, On track for a 2:1 Degree

Length – 10 Weeks

Tesco Technology is not your standard IT department. We’re an organisation passionate about serving millions of shoppers across the world a little better every day through the use of cutting edge technology.

The retail environment is constantly changing. Much of this revolution is the result of developments in technology. We’ve always been a leader in this area; from developing supply chain and ordering systems that react to changes in weather, to launching the first online grocery service. But we never stand still, we’re always looking for new ways to delight our customers – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop with us.

Our team is innovative, highly-skilled, agile, passionate and fun. If you’re looking for an environment to create cutting edge solutions which make a difference to millions of customers and colleagues globally, then Tesco Technology is the place for you!

At Tesco Technology, we offer an excellent internship programme that supports you on the first steps of your career. The programme feeds into our two Technology graduate schemes, and allows you to take the time to understand which career path is best suited for you: Product or Programme Management, or Software Engineering.

The experience you will gain over the 10 weeks is designed to grow your expertise in technology while feeding your passion to serve our customers a little better every day. All of this within a great office environment and an organisation that is committed to supporting you to become the very best you can be. The scheme will be based within our newly refurbished campus in Welwyn Garden City; with some opportunities to work in our product & development centre in London.

Your 10 week programme will help you develop your leadership and technical skills. You will build your foundation in retail through a one week induction, which will include an introduction to the Tesco business and the Technology department followed by a short store placement. This will enable you to understand the heart of our business, our customers and how Technology is crucial to fulfilling the customer experience.

Upon returning to the office, you will be given real responsibility and a project to deliver. By working with your colleagues in the UK and in India you will come to understand how technology is developed and run by learning on the go.

The programme is designed to be a challenging one so you will have lots of opportunity to demonstrate your capability and to bring your ideas to Tesco. One example of an intern project was the improvement of the delivery pipeline for one of our systems. This was so that new versions were delivered to testing and live environments automatically and frequently using a continuous delivery pipeline. The intern even built a dashboard to alert the development team if there were issues with the pipeline! We are looking for people who have a desire to improve themselves and the technology we operate. You’ll be surprised at how much you are able to achieve in 10 weeks!

Individual and collective improvement is a big focus for us and throughout your programme you will have access to lots of online technical training to improve your ability. There will also be a range of leadership training courses along with support from your buddy, manager and your team. Opportunities for development are available from all directions at Tesco and we want you to understand how to reach your maximum potential. If you have an inquisitive nature, want to know how technology is used/ developed whilst also building upon your own leadership skills then this is the place for you.

We are looking for inquisitive penultimate year students, with a real desire to learn and a passion for technology. Demonstrating this and the ability to deliver technology in the right way throughout your programme could result in you being offered a place on one of our graduate schemes.

A number of previous interns have excelled on the programme, progressed onto our graduate scheme and are currently thriving at Tesco.

“From day one in the office I was met by warm and friendly colleagues who would nearly always find the time to answer the hundreds of questions I had, no matter how trivial they seemed. This, along with an individually assigned buddy and line manager to call upon enabled us to thrive in our roles that had real responsibility, without feeling lost or out of our depth.

The internship was a fantastic learning opportunity outside of my role as well, from visiting different parts of the business, for example one of Tesco’s data centres, to developing my technical skills through the available online coding courses. I would definitely recommend this internship for anyone passionate about technology!”

Surjay, Summer Intern 2015

What you need to succeed

Read through the criteria to see if this programme is the right one for you.

Do you have:

Be on track for a minimum of a 2:1 degree likely to be in Computer Science, Maths or Engineering, although any discipline is accepted

A passion for technology and the desire to learn more about how it is used/ developed

An inquisitive nature and the drive to improve your leadership and technical skills

The ability to be a strong leader of people who inspires everyone to achieve together

Understanding of how people use Technology and be able to relate ideas back to the customer shopping experience

The passion to be able to develop innovative systems that are truly leading the way in retail technology

The courage to stick to your values and do the right thing, even when it's tough

The ability to be agile in the way you think, make decisions and handle change

The skills to stay connected to the latest thinking, inside and outside of the business

The hunger to drive your own career and become one of our leaders of tomorrow in an exciting and fast-paced industry