The New Zealand Computer Society is to facilitate an expansion of the Summer of Tech IT student internship programme, which will see the scheme rolled out nationwide.
Presently, it operates in Wellington only.
In a statement announcing the initative, NZCS CEO Paul Matthews says: "This move will help redefine the future of student-industry engagement for those studying towards a career in the tech sector across New Zealand."
Summer of Tech, formerly known as Summer of Code, was started in 2006 and involves Computing students from tertiary institutions doing an internship with IT companies. It also includes skills development workshops to assist students with the transition from study to employment.
Matthews says: “NZCS has been a strong supporter of the Summer of Tech programme which grew from a real need experienced by startup businesses in Creative HQ, Wellington’s business incubator.
"The programme has helped Wellington employers source top local talent while easing the move from study to industry for hundreds of tech students.
"We’re very excited to be playing such a big part in the next chapter of this excellent programme”.
Summer of Tech eExecutive Committee chair John Clegg says in the statement: “The Summer of Tech programme has been hugely successful, however it’s now time to scale and grow the programme and progressively roll it out across New Zealand.
"The scale, breadth, ICT community engagement, non-profit nature and strong reputation of NZCS makes it the ideal organisation to work with to achieve this”, he says.
NZCS and Summer of Tech will roll the initiative out throughout New Zealand over the next 12-24 months and will look to the IT sector and Government for support, Matthews says.
Summer of Tech Coordinator Ruth McDavitt will remain involved and a new role including coordinating the national rollout of the project has been advertised.