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How you’ll benefit as a Generation STEM Links participant

Recruiting and training an intern for your organisation takes time – that’s where Generation STEM Links can help. We work with educational institutions across NSW to attract quality students to available opportunities and help you to find the right candidate.

By participating in the program, you’ll meet top-performing students and those who demonstrate a high potential for success with a keen interest in STEM.

Best of all, the student will also be able to support your business on short-term projects and potentially become your future star employee.

Aside from talent-related benefits, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with local STEM education providers and play a role in raising the calibre of upcoming talent for your industry.

The program is flexible and can align with your corporate social responsibility, work experience, graduate and training programs, and sustainability objectives. Industry partners are required to pay the student intern a minimum of $25/hour.

To assist with some of the costs associated, industry partners will receive $2,500 per student from Generation STEM Links after completion of the internship to cover their time and expenses.

Interested to find out more or ready to apply?

Expression of interest (EOI) applications by industry partners/employers are currently being accepted.

Register at Generation STEM Links Industry Partner Expression of Interest.

The Generation STEM Links application process showing key steps: 

  • Advertisement sent to industry partner for review
  • Advertisement published to jobs board
  • Applications reviewed and virtual interviews organised
  • Shortlisted applicants sent to industry partner for selection
  • Official acceptance sent to student by industry partner
  • Employment contract sent to student by industry partner
  • Informal meet and greet held by Generation STEM Links

Applications will take 4-6 weeks to assess and recruit


Generation STEM Links application process PDF (30 KB)

What support is provided?

  • management of the recruitment process from start to finish, including screening of applications/candidates
  • support for onboarding, induction and regular check-ins during the placement
  • promotion of placement opportunities to local STEM students and tertiary institutions.

What businesses are eligible to apply?

  • have support from the CEO, Owner, General Manager, Executive Leadership Team and/or Board to place student
  • operating for more than three years
  • have relevant insurance, including work cover and public liability insurance
  • can provide a safe work environment in line with standard industry EHS standards
  • have a minimum of five employees
  • show a commitment to, and have the skills, capability, or expertise to place students interested in STEM
  • be located or have an office in NSW
  • please refer to the Generation STEM Links Program Guidelines PDF (184 KB) for more information.

FAQ: Industry Partners

Student interns are required to be employed by your business, either as a casual or part-time staff member. This will ensure they’re protected by all relevant insurances and they agree to comply with your company policies.

Student interns can be employed throughout the year, usually on a part-time basis. Students tend to schedule their summer or winter internships in advance. If you’d like to host an intern full-time, the best period is during summer or winter breaks, with October being a great time to lock in your summer placement.
Grants are paid upon successful completion of the 200-hour internship by the student. Proof of payment such as pay summary or recent payslips are required to be submitted.
This is up to you, and we encourage you to discuss with the student how you'd like to proceed after the 200 hours are complete. If you'd like the student to stay on in some capacity, you should discuss what the new arrangement will be moving forward. If you don't wish to continue the student’s involvement with your business, we encourage you to provide feedback and consider providing the student with a reference letter.
The Generation STEM Links team will support you every step of the way. If a situation arises where you require additional support, please reach out to the team and organise a time to discuss.

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