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23 Mar 2017
Launched Tuesday night at Victoria University, Summer of Biz is an industry-led internship programme, based on the successful Summer of Tech model, and delivered by a team of volunteer industry professionals.
Summer of Tech have placed nearly 700 interns in businesses in the Wellington region since 2006. Summer of Biz will focus on marketing and human resources internships.
Co-founder Nicole Williams, Chief Marketing Officer for software company Silverstripe, says the internships are a culmination of a year-long programme.
“Students have access to workshops and networking events, led by industry professionals, and designed to increase their work-readiness, post-graduation. At the end of the year, our fantastic Wellington companies offer internships to selected participants, to take their first step on their career.”
In 2016 the Summer of Tech programme led to an internship with Silverstripe for Sacha Judd;
"Over summer I got to work on real projects for clients alongside senior developers which was an amazing start to my career, and now I have a fulltime role as a Junior Developer.”
Retention rates for Summer of Tech interns are around 80%.
Co-founder Richard Westney (from HR consulting firm Humankind) says expanding the Summer of Tech model to new sectors made sense.
“It’s been a great success for Wellington employers and students alike, and certainly the desire to expand into new fields is strong. All of us on the employer side are essentially volunteers, so getting the support of the tertiary institutions, the business community and WREDA has been key to building on that success.”
Dave Jones, General Manager for Business Growth & Innovation at Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency, (WREDA) says the organisation supports the programme as an investment into local workforce and skills development.
“Because it’s business-led, we know it’s meeting a genuine need, creating opportunities for local graduates, and strengthening Wellington businesses. Creative and collaborative, it’s a distinctively Wellington solution, and we’re delighted to continue supporting the programme as it expands.”
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