Published: 20 February 2015
Filed under: Economic development
Across Auckland, 14 bright tech students are finishing paid summer internship projects in six very different companies.
These interns were selected by companies seeking a better way to find top talent which took part in an ATEED and GridAKL-sponsored Auckland pilot of Summer of Tech – a non-profit industry-led programme that has been running in Wellington for nine years.
During the year, students attend boot camps where they learn how to write a CV, new coding languages and soft skills. As the students build their online profile, companies can register their internship roles and start looking for matches.
The process provides employers of all sizes and specialties the opportunity to promote themselves to students. Employers and students have an opportunity to work on a project and test their compatibility at the weekend Hackfest. This is followed with a mix and mingle and a final speed interview event.
It has been a great success, with 90 per cent of graduates who participated in the 2014 Hackfest now completing internships. Coordinates CEO Robert Koup says the tech company was spoilt for choice and the intern they selected has been “kicking butt" on her project this summer.
Two-thirds of all students who have taken part in Summer of Tech since it started have been offered permanent roles with their summer employers. The remaining third are often snapped up by other companies in the programme.
If you could use a bright intern in your company, register your interest for this year’s programme at www.summeroftech.co.nz.
For more information email email@example.com. The experienced team will guide you through. Internships run during the university holidays: November 2015 - February 2016.