Student placements at Dovetail

We are pleased to offer placements to students as part of their studies. We aim for a win-win scenario: students can practice what they have learned in a real-world setting and gain valuable experience, while Dovetail benefits from the services of an enthusiastic and flexible team member.

What to expect

Dovetail is a very busy software house. You will be expected to help in any way you can which will likely expose you to all of the following:

  • Developing internal systems to help the business operate smoothly
  • Developing features on existing commercial systems for our clients
  • Investigation and diagnosis of issues reported by customers or revealed by testing
  • Exposure to a wide range of technologies in a real-world setting
  • Answering the phone and dealing with customers
  • Assisting senior developers as required
  • Contributing to the Dovetail blog
  • Understanding how a software business runs
  • Feeding the office fish and whatever else comes up!

You can also expect quite a lot of fun - it's a good place to work.

We also pay a stipend to cover lunch and expenses.

Click here to read a short report by one of our alumni.

What we are looking for

We’re looking for students who can make a valuable contribution to our business. You can do this in any number of ways, but some important attributes are:

  • Enthusiasm. This is key. A cheerful, hardworking attitude towards technology, customers and co-workers is vital.
  • Technical savvy. You need a core level of technical ability. It doesn’t really matter what languages or platforms you can use - it’s your general tech competence that matters.
  • Ability to learn. You will learn quickly while working with Dovetail, and you’ll often have to seek out answers by yourself. If you don’t enjoy that you will struggle.
  • An appreciation for our values.

How to apply

Send your CV with a covering letter to Be sure to include:

  1. Dates you are available for placement
  2. What you’re studying, where, how long the course is and what year you are in
  3. The subjects you are studying
  4. What experience you have, your interests, hobby projects etc

Since you’re still studying you probably haven’t got a whole lot of experience that you can put on your CV. That’s no problem, but be sure to tell us a bit about yourself. Show us that you’ve got what we’re looking for.

We look forward to hearing from you, and we wish all students the best of luck in your studies and your future career in computing!