The programme runs for four weeks and complements your full-time work, with an incredible line up of speakers, site visits, networking and professional development opportunities. It is free for students!
Applications for the summer '23 STEM Futures Accelerator are now closed
During this four-week part-time programme, a cohort of STEM students will participate in site visits to leading Waikato technology companies and have the opportunity to hear firsthand what it’s like to work and build a career in start-ups, scale-ups and large businesses. You’ll learn tools and frameworks to foster creative thinking, explore emerging STEM trends, navigate STEM career pathways and become part of a community of like-minded students. An optional and highly valued extra is the mentorship squads you can join, where you'll be matched with an industry-leading mentor to help with your career development for 12 weeks!
The STEM Futures Accelerator complements your internship or other full-time job commitments and is designed to be a launchpad for your career. Completing the programme will look great on your CV!
There is a time commitment of up to five hours each week for four weeks. The programme is free for students to be a part of.
To be eligible you must be:
We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.
Each week will comprise of one online session and one site visit (except week one where both sessions are in-person). Online sessions will run in the evening and in-person sessions/site visits will be held at the end of the work day.
Monday 27th & Wednesday 29th November
Purpose and Opportunities
Monday 4th & Wednesday 6th December
Monday 11th & Wednesday 13th December
Monday 18th & Wednesday 20th December
Pitch and Graduation
18 September Applications open
15 November Applications close
27 November Accelerator starts
20 December Graduation
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I found the Soda student programme to be of enormous value, not only for the ability to network with other interns and professionals in the industry, but also to start thinking about my future and sharpen up some of my skills and understanding of the technological space.
My favourite part of the programme was going on the site tours and seeing the different ways of working across various sized companies. Another standout, was the art to presenting session by Sacha Coburn, which changed the way I view presenting, something that I have incorporated in my roles at university, as well as moving forward in my career.
- Brandon Fletcher, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), University of Waikato