Innovative intern program launched to inspire women in science

27 August

Victorian women in science along with industry and the Victorian economy will all benefit from an innovative industry internship program being launched today by veski and AMSI Intern.

Supported by the Office of the Lead Scientist, the partnership will connect female honours and masters students — fostering high-end quantitative and analytical research expertise — with Victorian industry and government agencies to address a research problem currently facing their organisation.

The inspiring women industry internships are part of a new initiative to support, advance and inform Victorian women through partnerships with government, industry and academia.

The program will also provide eligible Victorian SMEs, government agencies and large businesses across all industry sectors with access to one of ten funding grants supported by the Victorian Government.

veski chief executive officer, Ms Julia L Page says: "The veski inspiring women program is action-focused and delivers a suite of integrated initiatives including fellowships, industry internships and a dedicated web portal as well as professional development and networking activities".

“The inspiring women industry internships allow female students to transfer their skills from theory to real-world application, while companies gain a competitive advantage by accessing high-quality research expertise.”

As part of the program, veski will also deliver professional development and networking events to support women involved in the industry internships and ensure they are ‘job ready’.

Research projects will be four months duration with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics), and all IP will remain with the organisation.

Cate Ballard, National Program Manager, AMSI Intern says: "Victorian industry and government will also gain access to, and benefit from, the specialist knowledge of the students’ academic mentor".

Victorian Government Lead Scientist, Ms Leonie Walsh says: “These internships will not only provide career choice for female scientists, they will promote links between academia and industry and help meet the current and future skills needs of the state”.

Government agencies, SMEs and large business based in Victoria seeking more information can access full details, including eligibility criteria, online amsiintern.org.au/veski 

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