The ACS Foundation is a non-profit organisation which organises relevant industry placements through Internships for students who have a passion and interest for technology and would like to get valuable experience before they graduate. A key aspect of this is our partnership with over 200 Australian companies nationally. Through this partnerships we offer internships and placements to undergraduate and graduate students in ICT related degrees. Internships are a 3 way partnership between ACS Foundation, students and a host company as a way of building their future.
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If you’re interested in working at ACS Foundation, understanding when they have opened up applications for their graduate programs, graduate jobs and internships is helpful knowledge to have so you know when you might need to apply. Use the below information to see when ACS Foundation hires graduates, but more importantly what graduate degree’s and other student attributes they target for their jobs.
The ACS Foundation organises paid university work experience hosted in Australia's technology sector. We bring together employers, universities, and students to create work placement scholarships, internships and graduate jobs. Students receive fortnightly payments for the duration of their placement while building the foundation of a technology career. The ACS Foundation works in partnership with over 200 Australian companies and 35 universities nationally to provide around 300 placements annually. 79% of our students accept further graduate roles with our partner companies after their initial placement.
The Foundation History
An initiative of the Australian Computer Society, the ACS Foundation was established in August 2001 to increase Australia's work-ready graduate pipeline. In the last 19 years, we have:
- Awarded over 6,500 scholarships collectively valued at over $60 million..
- Created integrated technology career pathways from primary to secondary schools through to university and industry.
The ACS Foundation's four broad programs include:
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Scholarships and Internships for university students: Host organisation provides a scholarship for an undergraduate student to experience the real workplace on a part-time or full time basis over an extended period, up to 48 weeks.
- Foundation Jobs for new IT professionals: Employment arrangements for entry-level ICT jobs.
- The Big Day In for primary and high school students: Articulate tech-savvy speakers meet passionate school students to forge exciting pre-career connections.
- Careers Foundation: Visually plotting the technology landscape for high school students (years 8-12) and celebrating technology careers as they progress
Shaun - Web Developer
Harry - Solutions Architect
Alex - Entrepreneur
Kate - Graphic Designer
New Student quotes/experience from this year.
"My experience with ACS foundation has been so amazing. They are really prompt in replying and putting you on the right track. ACS foundation helped me get a job at a position I was interested in. They have been really professional and accountable. Would highly recommend ACS to all the job seekers. Thank you ACS foundation!!"
- Devneet Virdi
Rated the recruitment experience as 10/10 - Chaz Lambrechtsen, IT Intern at Holmann Webb
Do I need to be enrolled with an Australian University to apply for a WIL (Work Integrated Learning) Scholarship?
Yes. You should be enrolled with an Australian University in either a technical or business related degree program. You should have completed at least one full semester with a minimum of a credit average on your academic transcript.
Can I apply for a WIL Scholarship if I have graduated?
If you are intending to enrol in a post-graduate study program with an Australian university, then you can apply for a WIL scholarship. If you do not wish to enrol in post-graduate study, then you can apply for an entry level technology role through our Foundation Jobs Program.
What happens at the end of the WIL scholarship?
Most host organisations have robust graduate programs. Their graduate programs are designed to select students from their WIL placements. A 2011 ACS Foundation survey found that 79% of WIL placement students received graduate employment offers from their host organisation.
Should I wait until I graduate to look for work?
As soon as you start tertiary studies, your career has already started. Employees are increasingly selecting their graduates from those have completed internships with them. To give yourself the best chance at the best jobs, you should ensure you complete an internship or scholarship placement while you are at university.
What is the difference between an internship and a WIL scholarship?
An internship is a general term for a work-based experience while a student is studying at university. An internship placement is often completed during a university's vacation period. A WIL scholarship is similar to an internship, but it often runs in parallel with the university semester. A WIL scholarship may span both the university vacation and also run concurrently with a university semester.
Do I need to defer my studies to accept a WIL scholarship?
It depends on the scholarship you are applying for. Some WIL scholarship placements are longer than others. It is your choice if you want to take a full study load, part-time study load or defer your studies for the semester in which you complete your WIL scholarship.
How do I use your application portal?
Because of the large volume of internships we facilitate, we have applications intakes that are open year round. However peak intake periods are February and August each year. Students should contact the ACS Foundation regarding an internship 6 months prior to intending to start an internship. Our placement roles vary from Data Analyst to Software Developer to Marketing Support. Host companies are looking for students who show dedication teamwork and good communication skills.
Specific criteria apply for each role on our website. Some roles are limited to those that have permanent residency and some are open to student and graduate visa holders. Regardless, you should have a minimum of a credit average and applicants can expect an initial phone interview with the ACS Foundation, with the possibility of a face to face interview with the host company.
Placements vary from part time to full time and from 3 months to 12 months in duration. Placements are located around Australia – especially in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The nature of the work experience is designed to will be relevant to technology and business related studies and provide as much academic credit as possible.
The Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Industry is broad. No matter where you want to take your career, an internship is the perfect starting point to explore your options. The ACS Foundation is well positioned to help introduce you to a variety of tech-related career opportunities.