Trainee Programmer Internship - SUMO SHEFFIELD

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We build ground-breaking games and content for some of the world’s biggest publishers including Microsoft, Sony, Apple and Sega. Sheffield is our largest studio and headquarters, situated just north-east of the city centre, where we’ve built and contributed to some of the world’s best-loved game franchises.

It’s an exciting time to be part of Sumo, winners of the Develop: Star Awards 2019 Best Studio and GI Biz 2020 Best Places to Work; big things are on the horizon and we want you to be part of our continued journey. Join us!

Sumo Sheffield is made up of a diverse mix of fantastic people, although sometimes, some groups are still under-represented. We are working to remove obstacles that can make it difficult for those groups to progress their careers in the games industry. We welcome applications from under-represented people in the gaming industry, including, but not limited to BAME, LGBQT+, women, people with physical disabilities, neurodiversity or mental health issues, and parents or carers.

The role @ Sumo

Sumo is currently leading an industry initiative to develop apprenticeship standards for the video game sector. As part of this, we are looking to recruit a cohort of Game Programmer interns to play a collaborative role in shaping the future of industry training.

We’re looking for candidates with huge potential, but who don’t have all the usual prerequisites for gaining employment in the videogame industry. 
These 12-month paid internships will provide the candidates with specific training in C++ programming and Unreal game development as they work towards releasing their first published game. Although this is NOT part of any kind of formal apprenticeship programme, it will feed directly into the development of planned future programmes.

A typical candidate will have just graduated with top grades from a non-game related degree, but will be able to demonstrate an aptitude for programming (in any language) through university assignments or extra-curricular projects. However, we’re also interested in candidates without a degree who have demonstrated exceptional talent in hobbyist game programming, or applicants from other industries who want to re-train in game development. We’re looking for aptitude rather than experience, so if you have a passion for getting into games development, then we’d love to hear from you!

Within this role you will:

    • Study C++ programming, 3D mathematics and game development with Unreal 4.
    • Assist in collating, testing and refining training resources.
    • Work with other interns to develop a publishable game. 

We need you to have:

    • An aptitude for programming.
    • A passion and curiosity for learning game development. 
    • A willingness to learn appropriate mathematics.
    • Great communication and team-working skills. 

This opportunity may particularly suit:

    • Graduates of Computer Science, Physics or Mathematics degrees with limited experience in C++ programming and game engines. 
    • Graduates of any degree who have completed (and enjoyed) a significant programming project as part of their studies.  
    • Hobbyist game developers with a portfolio of work, but without any formal training in programming.

What We Offer:

We offer a super benefits package including generous holidays and flexible working hours. Further perks include our legendary annual Sumo Big Day Out, plus epic Christmas parties, money on your birthday, on site free gym and free fruit for everyone! Our new, regular studio Game Jams are a highlight - staff spend a full day developing and pitching their own game ideas for possible development by Sumo.

Our environment is relaxed, friendly and built upon the basis of every team member having the opportunity to shine and have a realisable input into the games we create. We are a very happy ship with lots of incredibly nice people that partake in shared interest groups, lunchtime clubs, charity fundraising events and lots of socialising.

We are proud to be located in Sheffield, just off J34 of the M1 offering easy road and rail access from Leeds, Manchester and the Midlands. Sheffield itself enjoys wealth of facilities including world class sporting facilities, stunning theatres and galleries, the National Video Game Museum, shopping, restaurants and incredible parks and green spaces - all on the doorstep of the beautiful Peak District National Park. We love it here.