The ACS Foundation organises university work experience opportunities in the 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 which they can use to support their education and further their passion and interest in technology. Students also value gaining industry experience which sets them up for future roles with employers. The ACS Foundation runs this program in partnership with over 200 Australian companies and 35 universities nationally.
Annually, we provide between 300-400 placements to undergraduate and graduate students who are studying ICT related degrees. 79% of our students have gone on to accept graduate placements with our partner companies such as IBM, Microsoft, TCS, First Data, Westpac, CBA, Western Power, Adobe, Motorola.
Facts about the Foundation
An initiative of the Australian Computer Society, the ACS Foundation was established in August 2001 to facilitate sponsorship of technology education and research projects. As an ATO-designated Deductible Gift Recipient, the ACS Foundation's mission is to help build Australia's work-ready graduate pipeline.
In the last 18 years, the ACS Foundation has:
- Raised over $60 million in contributions towards Australia’s technology future.
- Awarded over 6,500 scholarships to help students start their careers.
- Partnered with over 200 donor companies to build industry capability.
- Created student pathways from school to university to employment.
- Integrated work and life experience within academic and university studies.
- Enhanced the future of the ICT Profession Established research grants and innovation building programs.
The ACS Foundation's four broad programs include:
- Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Scholarships and Internships for university students: Donor/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) to help them select their best ICT career.