WelTec student Aidan Brown is ANZ’s first tech intern

WelTec IT student Aidan Brown’s skills, attitude and commitment have been recognised by ANZ Bank which awarded him its first New Zealand Technology Internship.

Brown, 22, is studying towards a Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Programming and Information Security and Assurance. Each week he spends a day at ANZ’s technology office in Wellington learning about different parts of the bank.

ANZ’s Technology Internship programme aims to showcase the range of employment opportunities at New Zealand’s biggest bank by giving IT students at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) a chance to view the bank from the inside.

People think of ANZ as banking. It’s also a large technology company with heaps of opportunities in all aspects of technology. Aidan Brown, WelTec

“I am spending time in each part of the IT team – from attending business meetings where decisions are made about projects, to compliance, technical testing, quality assurance and looking into what is required to support ANZ’s core banking service,” says Brown. “At the moment I am primarily working on mobile phone development.

He says the internship was “career changing”.

“I wasn’t thinking about banking at the start of my degree as I didn’t know about the opportunities. The Technology Internship has really given me a lot to think about in terms of my future career.

“People think of ANZ as banking,” he adds. “It’s also a large technology company with heaps of opportunities in all aspects of technology. Any IT job you can think of, there will be someone at ANZ doing it.”

Related:ANZ teams up with WelTec to encourage women into tech careers

IT is constantly changing and we’re keen to attract more young talent to ANZ to keep pace with evolving technologies. Craig Bunyan, ANZ

The ANZ Internship is part of a new program between ANZ and WelTec’s School of Business and IT designed to address the skills shortage in the IT industry.

ANZ technology is also developing an internship program in Auckland.

“We’re confident technology Internships will mean more IT students will consider working in the banking industry when they graduate,” says Craig Bunyan, ANZ general manager, technology. “IT is constantly changing and we’re keen to attract more young talent like Aidan to ANZ to keep pace with evolving technologies.”

“With one of the largest Schools of Business and IT in the country, and almost 450 people studying IT at degree and post graduate level, WelTec was the ideal partner to work with to start addressing the skills shortage and gender imbalance in the IT industry,” says Bunyan.

The 2016 ANZ Technology Internships are now open to WelTec students until 6 September.

Students need New Zealand permanent residency with preference for those completing a Bachelor of Technology. The 150-hour internship is worked out over the final year of study.

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