Students can now apply to intern at NATO's technology and cyber hub. The NATO Communications and Information Agency is recruiting again for its successful internship programme, a perfect fit for people who are currently taking or have just finished their academic studies.
Since 2015, the Agency has seen around 100 interns take on projects and gain new skills through its internship programme.
This year, the Agency plans to recruit 65 interns.
The programme is designed to give Agency staff a chance to transfer knowledge to a younger generation. And it helps the NCI Agency develop a younger workforce to prevent future skills shortages.
If you don't have much practical experience yet, don't worry.
"We recognize that these students might not necessarily have any relevant practical experience. But they will have a wealth of theoretical and academic studies within their chosen skill set or business area," said Lindsey Stone, Talent Attraction Team Lead at the Agency. "So it's our opportunity as their future employer to show that we support ongoing practical development, and enabling students to test out theoretical skills they've built up."
The internship is a two-way initiative where the Agency passes on its knowledge and how it works as a business, and the interns bring the Agency a completely different perspective. Interns will challenge Agency staff, go against the status quo and ask relevant questions, Stone said.
Cem Erey, who completed in December a ten-month internship at the Agency, said the programme was a chance to work with a highly talented team while getting mentorship and feedback.
"There aren't many organizations that will let you work on projects that are in use, so it's definitely a unique opportunity," said Erey, who worked as a junior Java developer. "I do feel like my contributions have made a difference. It's really been worthwhile for me."
Recent graduates will also have another unique opportunity to apply for in the coming weeks. The Agency will be launching for the first time a three-year job programme designed especially for them.
Erey plans to apply for the graduate programme after finishing the last year of an undergraduate degree in software engineering at the University of Technology Sydney.
The graduates will work as normal employees in the Agency for three years, but will be offered special programming to guide their development. The three years are an opportunity to learn, and a chance to demonstrate that they can deliver on projects.