Tin Alley Beta named Australia’s best internship program

November 14 / 149

Co-founder Miguel Wood with the award. Photo: Interns Australia.
Co-founder Miguel Wood with the award. Photo: Interns Australia.

An I.T. internship program launched by the Melbourne School of Information (MSI) has been honoured as Australia’s Most Outstanding Internship Program.

Tin Alley Beta was presented with the inaugural prize by Interns Australia, a support and advocacy body for interns and students undergoing work placements in Australia.

The Tin Alley Beta program was co-founded at the University by MSI Director Simon Milton and entrepreneur Miguel Wood of Data Dragon.

The competitive internship program connects talented I.T., software and information systems students with top tech startups, offering interns a paid placement within the host organisation. 

Tin Alley Beta was designed to build on the University’s entrepreneurial culture and boost the startup experience of students, potentially creating more high-quality applicants to the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Accelerator Program (MAP).

The program recently launched a series of winter placements for students in 2014 MAP teams, providing interns with more opportunities for real-world startup experience.

Associate Professor Milton said the award was important recognition of the strength of Tin Alley Beta as a program.

“We are excited to receive this recognition, just one year on from Tin Alley Beta’s launch,” he said.

Mr Wood said the program benefitted both students and hosts.

“The program aims to inspire students to embark on an entrepreneurial career path by offering them practical experience and invaluable transferable skills from placements within some of Australia’s most exciting startups,” he said.

“Our host organisations also benefit from direct access to our most outstanding students in the field of computing and information systems.”

Since launching at the University in 2013, Tin Alley Beta has expanded to Monash University, Swinburne and the University of Tasmania.

Host startups must successfully bid for the opportunity to pitch to potential internship applicants. Meanwhile, interns are selected via online applications and a panel interview.

For more information, visit the Tin Alley Beta website.

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