More than 1600 Aussie interns have voted for their top 40 employers for 2022, with a cyber security program coming in first place
Internships are a great way to get to know prospective employers, gain real-world industry experience and can even land you a job – but not all internships are the same. So how do you choose which employer to spend your precious summer months or work experience period with?
To help, the Australian Association of Graduate Employers (AAGE) surveyed more than 1600 undergraduates who all took part in intern programs some time during 2021/2022.
The anonymous survey asked interns to rate their employer on categories including:
- Induction and training
- Content of work
- Ability to work on different projects or in different areas of the organisation
- Quality of supervision provided by manager
- Amount of responsibility
- Access to senior management
- Feedback on performance
- Social life
- Organisation’s culture and values
Cyber internship tops the list
While the intern progarms aren’t limited to STEM, we were pretty excited to see a cyber security program top the list!
The intern program is offered by global tech company NTT to students studying a Bachelor of Cyber Security or Bachelor of IT with Cyber Security major at Deakin University.
NTT’s cyber security internship is based in Melbourne but offered to students anywhere in Australia or internationally.
Second on the list was Grant Thorton, a professional services organisation offering internships to students studying business, commerce, accounting, economics and law.
This was followed by Aussie tech startup Canva, which ranked for its software engineering, data science, data analytics and product design internships, with participants highlighting the culture as a big plus for their internship experience.
Other STEM programs that made the cut included software company Atlassian, professional services firm McGrathNicol for its the tech, cyber and analytics internship, and construction company Laing O’Rourke for its engineering internships – all representing positions 10,11 and 12 respectively!
In conducting the survey and coming up with the list, AAGE says it defined an ‘intern’ as a person (usually an undergrad) who spends a short period of time carrying out work experience with an employer. The programs usually last between 2 and 10 weeks, and can often turn into a full-time job after graduation. These can sometimes also be called ‘work experience’, ‘vacation programs’, etc.
AAGE notes that the Top 40 list does not include every employer offering an intern program in Australia, with some not participating in the survey or lacking enough data to be included in the list.
Visit topinternprograms.com.au for the full list and details on each of the intern prorams.
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Author: Gemma Chilton
Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.