Melbourne’s Tin Alley Beta awarded Australia’s Most Outstanding Internship Program

An IT 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 recently 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 of Melbourne by MSI Director, Associate Professor Simon Milton and entrepreneur Miguel Wood of Data Dragon (pictured right).

The competitive internship program connects talented IT, 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 entrepreneurship culture at the University of Melbourne and boost the startup experience of students, potentially creating more high-quality applicants to the internationally acclaimed Melbourne Accelerator Program.

Tin Alley Beta recently launched a series of winter placements for students within the 2014 Melbourne Accelerator Project teams, providing interns with more opportunities for real world startup experience.

Associate Professor Milton said the award was an 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,” Associate Professor Milton said.

“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,” Miguel Wood 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 of Melbourne in 2013, Tin Alley Beta has already expanded to Monash, Swinburne and the University of Tasmania.

Both students and host organisations must compete to take part in the internship program. 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.

Photo: Interns Australia

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