Wellington’s successful Summer of Code program began in 2006 with the objective of creating paid summer internship opportunities for students in technology companies.
Now called Summer of Tech, the expanded program continues the central theme in a wider context, adding the disciplines of engineering, business analysis and design to the mix.
While to some the name might conjure up images of a relaxed holiday job, the reality is somewhat different, with the program producing a great deal of value for participants.
The concept links key industry players with tertiary stakeholders, the likes of Massey University and Victoria University of Wellington, by pairing smart tech students with suitable companies.
Andrew Stewart, Wialus founder and MD, says “Summer of Tech has been a productive and interactive experience that presents both students and Wialus with some unique opportunities.”
“Students get an exciting real-world experience in a fast-growing global niche business and in return we are able to access the fresh thinking and enthusiasm of developing minds. It’s exciting to see our students eagerly contribute to the development of our products and services.”
“It also presents us with a rare opportunity to find and get to know prospective future employees. It’s very much a win:win.”
This year Wialus extended support of the program to three students, who have been taken on for four months to undertake research and development for the company’s software as a service (SaaS) product suite.
More information on the Summer of Tech can be found here.