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The borders are closed, the constant flow of international tech talent has dried up, 1,568 software jobs are advertised on Seek and 1,008 software jobs advertised on LinkedIn. However, the Summer of Tech programme has placed less than 20 percent of their students into internships. If you think you may need new staff soon, you should consider securing an intern now.  Check out five good reasons for taking on an intern from Summer of Tech

Once you register to hire a Summer of Tech intern, you’ll have access to a database of thousands of university students and recent graduates with a huge variety of skills, including web app development, digital design, user experience, software testing and more. Almost 80 percent of all Summer of Tech interns are offered a role at the end of summer. This means you can handpick the right person to join your team and hit the ground running. 

Another incredibly cool initiative in the tech ecosystem is the launch of the Hi-Tech Foundation by the Hi-Tech Trust, the charitable group that brings us the Hi-Tech Awards every year. The Foundation’s mission is simple – to reduce barriers of entry and inequity of opportunity, so people with talent from any background can be successful in New Zealand’s Hi-Tech sector. The He Whetū Mārama Ngā Karahipi/Leading Light Scholarship Programme provides financial support for career development and advancement to help encourage diversity and inclusion, with strong Maori and Pasifika involvement in the tech ecosystem.  

The Endowment Fund that enables these scholarships is made possible by the generous donations of insightful Kiwi tech leaders – thank you.  However, the fund needs your help too. The more we can grow the fund, more talented individuals can enter the tech sector and enable the success of our tech firms. Every little bit helps so please consider donating and share this message to as many people as possible.  

In case you missed it, the Digital Technology Industry Transformation Plan (ITP) includes seven workstreams; AI, data, government, export, Māori tech success, skills and the Tech Story. If you would like to be involved in one of these workstreams, please register your interest here.    

Ngā mihi

Graeme Muller 


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