What is Generation STEM Links?
Generation STEM Links is a hands-on internship program that pairs NSW students in their penultimate to final year of study in STEM degrees and qualifications with industry to allow both sides to learn, connect, and innovate.
- The internship structure is flexible and runs for a minimum of 200 hours (5-6 weeks full-time to a maximum of 25 weeks part-time).
- As part of the paid internship students are employed by the business to participate in real-world projects and have the chance to secure future employment.
- 80 per cent of students were offered opportunities within the business upon completion of placement.
- Industry partners will receive $2,500 per student from Generation STEM Links after completion of the internship to cover their time and expenses.
Meanwhile, industry partners can build a pipeline of high potential, local talent, raise their brand awareness and access financial support for each completed internship.
Research has shown the main barrier to employers taking up student work placements is a lack of time and resources.
There is also a drain of STEM-qualified talent, with 46 per cent of STEM graduates moving into non-STEM jobs and 16 per cent leaving for overseas opportunities. Generation STEM Links aims to support students and businesses to alleviate these challenges.
Hear from past participants:
Read our collection of program stories to gain more insight about the program and its benefits.