Product/Industrial Design & Development Intern



University of Warwick


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36.5 hours per week

Not Applicable






About the role:

This is a 12-week paid internship opportunity with Device Smart, as part of the WMG Internship Program, with employment opportunities for the right candidate.

This role will requires multiple disciplines including product/mechanical design, software integration, PCB design and microprocessor programming.

You will be working closely with the Device Smart team, gaining first-hand experience with the design and development of the next generation of their light and audio security systems.

2024’s research & development is focussed on a new product with integrated audio. Voice based deterrents have been highly effective in changing behaviour but often rely on control room operators responding to alarms or using pre-recorded looped messages, which tend to be less effective. Leveraging AI capabilities in the cloud, Device Smart believe they can create smart audio messaging using vision Image analysis and Large Language Models to simulate live operator response and effect behavioural change.

The project requires multiple disciplines from mechanical design, software integration, PCB design and microprocessor programming, outsourced engineering resources will be appointed to manage aspects of each of the specialist areas but a broad understanding of the architecture and product development process is necessary for an Intern to be able to oversee this project.

During the Internship you have the opportunity to learn about the following:

  • Understanding the importance of fast Time to Market.
  • Applying principles of value engineering.
  • Documentation to support quality manufacturing through contract manufacturers.
  • Tools for project management and international team communication.
  • Challenges of product development risks in SMEs.

The internship will be based at the company premises in Milton Keynes (MK12 5NX).

As part of the Program, you will also benefit from weekly supervision and support by a WMG expert, throughout the duration of the project.

About the company:

Device Smart is a small agile business and the UK developer and manufacturer of Night Sabre branded products, Their goal is to develop unique security deterrents for home automation, banking and retail markets through professional security, integration and electrical channels.

They have designed and developed products for both OEM and ODM clients globally, including HSBC, Tesco, ASDA, Marks & Spencer and Boots, and have a strong focus on end user lead development, with a bias toward energy efficiency and sustainability.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Concept design and development of the next generation of their product.  Including hand and CAD sketching to illustrate design concepts.
  • Prototyping, Additive Manufacture, of chosen design/designs to approve aesthetics and functionality of product.   Ensuring the fitting of light, sound and pcb elements that are integrated into the product. 
  • Research into Ingress Protection (IP) rating to insure correct standard for the product.
  • Design for Manufacture to productionise new design.
  • Creation and maintenance of product bill of materials (BoMs)
  • Communicating with suppliers during manufacturing development.
  • Working under own initiative to meet targets and deadlines.

Skills and experience


  • Graduate or graduating this year with a degree in: Product/ Industrial Design or relevant engineering or design degree.
  • Experience with concept generation and design development, with a good ability to communicate design concepts.
  • CAD experience.
  • Knowledge of common manufacturing techniques.
  • Ability to manage and prioritise multiple tasks.
  • Good verbal and written communication, time management and organisational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.


  • Experience with Design for Manufacture and taking a product through the approval process.
  • Knowledge of PCB Design
  • Knowledge of Microprocessor Programming.
  • Experience of Additive Manufacture.

Device Smart, Warren House, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5NX

Additional information

This is an 12 week position, based onM ilton Keynes

Application Guidelines

This role is part of the WMG Internship Programme. Unfortunately, we are unable to consider you for this internship if you are applying for this to count towards a work placement as part of your studies.

This role is open to students, graduates, postgraduates and PhD Students who are:

  • Based in the UK 
  • Eligible to work in the UK 
  • Available to work 36.5 Hours per week (Full time)

To Apply

Please send CV and Cover letter indicating:

  1. Where you heard about this position 
  2. How you meet the skills and experience criteria.

Applications will close at 23:59 on Sunday 14 April 24

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