Generation STEM Links provides high‑quality internships to help tertiary students gain workplace skills and transition into STEM jobs after graduation. It also aims to build a pool of STEM-capable professionals for the future of NSW STEM industries through its partnerships.
What is Generation STEM Links?
Generation STEM Links is a hands-on internship program that pairs NSW students in their second to last 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.
FAQ: Industry and Students
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 insurance, 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 the 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. 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.
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 you work. Rates of pay are advertised in each job listing.
At this stage we are only accepting domestic students.
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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