The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Computer Science has established an internship program with ACS for its final year Masters of Computing students.
The partnership provides a unique opportunity for local and international students to connect with the nation’s peak body representing Australia’s ICT sector and to work alongside experts and innovators within the field.
ANU Associate Director of Educational Partnerships, Dr Ramesh Sankaranarayana, said internships provide an opportunity for ANU students to gain valuable work experience.
“It allows them to apply what they have learnt at the university to real world situations, improve their professional skills, clarify their career goals and build professional networks.
“It allows employers to interact with students who bring new ideas and knowledge to the workplace, and to assess skills before they enter the workforce,” he said.
The aim of each internship placement is to build confidence in the workplace, while providing students with an opportunity to help solve real-world ICT challenges.
Students are encouraged to reflect on their personal and professional development and are given the opportunity to showcase their work at an event towards the end of placement.
One of the program’s local students, David Norrish, said his internship had been the most challenging and rewarding aspect of his degree.
“I've had to self-learn, troubleshoot problems with no known solutions, integrate technologies, and [have] been privileged to work alongside skilled professionals.
“I've learnt a huge amount, and feel incomparably closer to having the skills to be a real software developer myself," he said.
This sentiment was backed by his peer and international student, Syed Hussain, who said nothing during his time at ANU compared to the experience he gained from his ACS internship with film directing company, Cinefly.
“Exhausting yet exhilarating, [the internship] not only helped me define my career goals and passion, but equipped me with invaluable industrial experience as well.
“I look forward to enhancing the many skills that I gained from it, both at ANU and when I enter the realm of practical life,” he said.
Huiying Li, another international student who interned at the Canberra Business Chamber, said she grew from knowing nothing about the company’s business knowledge or having technical skills for the project, to able to complete it with confidence, all while learning valuable soft skills.
"The most important thing I have learned from this internship is, as an IT professional, to communicate effectively with my clients, who are business people, in order to get instructive feedback,” she said.
With constant innovation in the ICT sector this internship provides students with strong professional connections along with personal, interpersonal and organisational skills to place them well ahead of their peers.
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