Students from the University of Waikato and University of Auckland will receive additional support as they complete their internships this summer.

In collaboration with Callaghan Innovation Agritech ITP, Soda is delivering a professional development programme for students who are completing their summer internship with Waikato based technology companies.

The nine-week programme will provide students with the support and resources necessary to make the most of their summer experience and help them develop skills to assist their professional growth.

"The Waikato tech industry is one of our fastest growing sectors and we're thrilled to work with Callaghan Innovation to support students who are studying or have an interest in this field. The summer intern programme will complement and enhance their internship, giving students valuable real-life skills and opportunities," says Soda CEO, Erin Wansbrough.

The intern programme includes:

·       Professional development workshops.

·       Networking opportunities with other summer students in the Waikato region.

·       Site visits to R&D facilities at local technology businesses.

·       Panel discussions with tech founders and business owners to gain insights into the technology landscape, tech careers, challenges and opportunities.

·       A resource guide detailing accommodation, transport, networking groups, local and places to visit/things to do in Hamilton.

·       A celebration evening to acknowledge the students' work and their contribution to tech in the Waikato.

There are currently 22 students participating in the inaugural programme who are working at the following Waikato tech businesses: Anago, Delytics, E.S. Plastics, EC8, Gallagher, RML Machinery, Rocketspark, Shift72 and Virscient.

If you would like more information about Soda’s summer intern programme please contact Soda programme manager Kate Wightman.

Photo: Summer intern students pictured at EC8 factory with EC8 director, Christopher Staal.