Strong demand for IT interns

Published: 23 September 2015
Filed under: General news

Summer of Tech

Following a successful pilot in 2014, Summer of Tech - an internship programme connecting innovative New Zealand employers with top local talent for paid summer jobs – has rolled out a full programme this year in Central Auckland, with support from ATEED.

Summer of Tech is excited about the bridging role they’re playing to support students into their first IT jobs, and helping employers solve their talent shortages.

Smart employers are looking wider and deeper in the drive to spot potential as it emerges, with many 2nd and 3rd year students being popular with employers. They’re recognising that the fresh
energy and perspectives these students can bring to the team is essential for the talent pipeline, and they are very cost effective.

Nearly 900 Auckland students have registered for the 2015 Summer of Tech programme. The bulk of these students are BSc (CompSci), closely followed by BE, BCIS and a range of post-grad diplomas and degrees from the University of Auckland, AUT, Media Design School and other local tertiaries.

Industry volunteers have delivered a comprehensive curriculum of “bootcamps” over the winter months. This is an integral part of the Summer of Tech programme and is one of the reasons for its success - the evening and weekend bootcamps help students build the skills that are in high demand in local businesses, ensuring students are work-ready.

Now the top students are gearing up for paid summer jobs, as some of Auckland’s most innovative and supportive employers are welcoming interns into their teams.

This summer tech interns will be working on software and mobile development projects, data science, digital design and digital marketing projects. They will be hosted in 30+ Auckland businesses as diverse as Xero, Trade Me, Westpac, Deloitte, and Spark Ventures to smaller growing businesses like Alphero, Koordinates and Movio. 

ATEED invested time and experience in the 2014 Summer of Tech pilot programme, and continues to support Summer of Tech in 2015 by providing sponsorship and raising awareness about the programme within the Auckland tech community.

To find out more about Summer of Tech visit www.summeroftech.co.nz or watch the video below: