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Start at Upstream: Calling All New Software Engineers - A Paid Internship at a Pioneering Tech Company

  • 10 new software engineers will attend one of the most comprehensive education programs in mobile technology and will kickstart their careers at Upstream
  • Submission deadline: October 17

Athens & London, 6 September, 2021 – Leading mobile technology company, Upstream, is once again opening its doors to 10 new software engineers as part of “Start at Upstream” – a 12-month paid internship program. The announcement comes just one year after the program produced its first set of graduate interns, all of whom have gone on to find success both in and outside of the company. Those interested can submit their CVs from September 6 until October 17.

This year, once again 10 candidates will be selected and invited to work and train at Upstream’s research and development center in Gerakas, Athens. Five candidates will train as back-end developers and another five as front-end developers.

 

To qualify for Start at Upstream, applicants must have a degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, programming or another similar field. The company employs people from 30 different nationalities and is commercially active in more than 45 countries around the world. Therefore, the ability to write and speak English, the common language of choice, is also important.

Upon submitting a CV, successful candidates will participate in a series of technical and psychometric tests and interviews online. This culminates in a one-day event attended by 25 of the remaining candidates. The event includes code exercises and soft skill tests.

Upstream’s CTO, Natalia Mila, commented: "It is great to organize Start at Upstream again. During the previous program, we were impressed with the response of the candidates, as we received hundreds of CVs in the midst of the summer holidays, as well as with the level of the participants. It is no coincidence that seven of them remained with us even after the completion of the program. Upstream fosters an environment of innovation and collaboration, and it is the ideal place to kickstart your career as a programmer”.

The finalists will start their internship in November. For the first two months, the interns will be part of a high-level bootcamp that will include intensive training on a different programming topic almost daily. Participants will be working on code that solves real life problems – not found in most university courses! Typically, such training can cost several thousand Euros. Start at Upstream participants will not only get this education for free but will be paid as they learn and develop valuable career-defining skills.

“In a rapidly evolving industry like ours,” continued Natalia Mila, “hands-on experience in new technologies is critical to prepare for the challenges awaiting you in the future. Join our team – it is the best place to start!”

Once training is complete, the participants will join Upstream’s team of engineers, counting 120 people. They will then work on real products and services that reach 1.2 billion mobile phone users. Throughout the 12 months, each participant will have one of Upstream’s experienced engineers as a mentor. They will provide guidance, encouragement and answer any questions throughout the Start at Upstream program.

Andreas Dedousis, one of the first program’s participants and still an Upstream member commented: "From the onset, Start at Upstream was an amazing experience. I finally found a suitable ground to express myself and to evolve. I learned to work on new 'hot' technologies, which I did not know at all. I worked with extraordinary people and I discovered what it means to be a software engineer in a leading technology company. Our mentors were always there to help us with the most demanding projects, to explain what we did right, what could be improved and to motivate us when things were difficult. It was not an easy journey, but after almost two years at Upstream - I would not change a thing!"

Natalia concluded: "There is a global demand for software engineers. However, internationally there is also a significant gap between the technical skills that companies require and the skills new graduates have when they leave university. We decided to take matters into our own hands to bridge this gap to strengthen software engineering."

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For more information please contact:
Upstream Corporate Communications
Ε: corp.comms@upstreamsystems.com
P: +30210 6618532 +30210 6618507

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