More women land ICT internships this year

A new record for female tertiary students being placed in paid internships with hi-tech companies in Wellington and Auckland has been set in this year’s Summer of Tech internship program.

Summer of Tech founder John Clegg says 33 women are about to take up internships in high tech companies, an area where male students have dominated in the past.

With a record 106 students placed this year, this equates to one third of the roles going to female students, he states.

“This is especially of note as the industry level for women in technology roles is around 20 per cent, so Summer of Tech will now be helping to change that and get more young women into these roles and starting their IT careers.”

A 40 per cent national increase in numbers of students winning internships has also made it the best year yet for the program.

Summer of Tech was established in 2006 to connect students with local technology companies. Clegg says companies are using the program as a strategic partner in the hiring of graduates.

The success can also be attributed to the inclusion of high value manufacturing into the Wellington-based program and launch of a pilot in Auckland this year, says Clegg.

“We’ve been very ambitious by taking the program into Auckland and also extending it to manufacturers wanting to incorporate technology into their products in the same year. Both things have been successful so this has really paid off.”

Clegg says Trade Me and Xero have taken more than 10 students, with the Department of Internal Affairs, Solnet, Powershop and other private companies having contracts with four or more students.

He says It’s good news on the career front for students too, with the program in the past having a run-on employment success rate of 66 per cent.

He says throughout the year, several events have been held, to prepare students to work in the industry. These include pitches by high tech employers to students, speed interviews, hackfests and 50 bootcamps attended by 500 students.

The Summer of Tech non-profit program is supported by Grow Wellington, Wellington City Council and technology companies and has created over 400 ICT internships in Wellington.

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