DIT Engineering Students Intern with Cisco Headquarters in San José

Dublin, 22nd June 2006: Dublin Institute of Technology's growing global relations with the international engineering community has led to DIT students securing two positions in the "Cisco Irish Intern Initiative". The initiative involves a four month placement with Cisco Systems in San José, California, and of the sixteen positions up for grabs, DIT successfully filled two. The first of the students chosen is Brian Keegan, a Ph.D. student working in the Communications Network Research Institute (CNRI) group and the second is Dylan Cross, a third year honours student of Computer Engineering in DIT. Both are currently working in the internationally revered Research Labourites of Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley.

According to Cisco's Ronan Farren, who was mainly responsible for the Irish Intern Initiative: "The successful candidates will be based in the headquarters of Cisco System in San José, California in the high tech heaven of Silicon Valley, were they can apply their skills in a real and exciting business environment. Through this initiative students are offered a terrific learning and culture experience, where they will acquire skills and knowledge and gain hands-on training with leading edge technology".

In addition to the work placement, Cisco have further accommodated students by providing assistance with J-1 visas, flight and set-up costs and will be paid a competitive salary by Cisco Systems for the duration of their placement. However, according to Dr Gerald Farrell, Head of the School of Electronic & Communications Engineering, the most important aspect of the placement is the experience, "This is truly amazing opportunity for our students to interact with and learn from the world leader in current and next generation networking and DIT is actively engaging with Cisco Systems in building upon this initiative".

DIT is committed to strengthening the contacts it has established with global companies like that of Cisco Systems. According to Dr. Mike Murphy, Director of DIT's Faculty of Engineering : "As one of the largest providers of engineering education in Ireland, we are especially proud of our close relationship with industry, which has been of great mutual benefit to industry and the faculty over many years."

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