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Research has shown the key 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 of STEM graduates leaving for overseas opportunities.

Benefits to students 

  • Real- world, hands on experience in a STEM business/project relevant to course of study
  • Opportunity to increase enterprise and/or STEM technical skills
  • Potential pathway to future employment
  • Flexible placement structure agreed between the student and employer – opportunity to work around semester/term days and to switch between full-time and part-time hours if needed
  • Simple application process – expression of interest and CV submission

Need to know

Student eligibility

NSW undergraduate University and TAFE (or equivalent) STEM students in their penultimate to final year of undergraduate study.

Please refer to the full eligibility and guidelines document PDF (184 KB) for a comprehensive guide

Student wage $25/h minimum to be paid by the industry partner.


Internship length

Minimum 200 hours (5-6 weeks full-time to a maximum of 25 weeks part-time). 

How to apply Complete and submit the Generation STEM Links Student Expression of Interest Form, noting you will also need to include an up to date CV.


Please take a look at Available Placements to find your potential industry placement.

Learn more about the Generation STEM Links program

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