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How you'll benefit as a Generation STEM Links participant

Generation STEM Links is for NSW-based VET or university students in their penultimate or final year of undergraduate study, looking to gain real-world experience in a STEM business/project relevant to their field of study.

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Finding an internship that pays, equips you with on-the-job skills and offers flexibility is challenging. This is where Generation STEM Links can help and support.

The program allows students to tailor their placement depending on their study schedules and gain industry-specific skills. Student interns will be paid a minimum of $25 per hour.

Aside from creating professional connections, you will gain new skills and put your knowledge into action.

The program will also allow you to get a taste of potential career pathways which could ultimately land you a future job or dream STEM career.

To apply for Generation STEM Links, please complete the Student Application Form and attach a current CV. You can submit a general application or specify if you are interested in a specific internship. Also, see here for current available placements.

How to submit a strong application

  • Use the application questions to emphasise your achievements, interests and goals. Relate your responses to the job description if applying for a specific placement.
  • Use the application to highlight your written communication skills and the interview to showcase your verbal communication skills.
  • List your technical skills in your resume. We use these to highlight you to our industry partners and refer to them when new opportunities emerge that suit your skill set.
  • Add hobbies that relate to your STEM course or career goals. With COVID-19 disruptions to regular hands-on practice, you may want to include any personal projects or licenses obtained.
  • Avoid answering application questions by telling us you would like to gain industry experience from the program. Instead, highlight skills you would like to develop through a placement.
  • Avoid listing your course codes as an example of your experiences. Each educational institution has different course codes, and content may vary. Instead, focus on the learnings and how you can apply these in a working environment.

FAQ: Students

No, you only need to submit one application. Please identify in your application if you are applying for a specific placement(s). However, you can choose to respond to a newly advertised placement by resubmitting an application, or you may email us to update an existing application.

Yes. All students will be paid a minimum of $25 an hour, plus superannuation and any penalty rates you’re entitled to as part of your work. Rates of pay are advertised in each job listing.
At this stage we are only accepting domestic students into the Links program.
The Links program is only open to undergraduate VET and university students. If you are a postgraduate student, you may like to have a look at other CSIRO programs that are open to you.
You may apply for academic credit through your education institution. Generation STEM Links does not help you with this application. Please note that some universities require extensive information to be provided by your employer and you will need to discuss this with your supervisor.

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