Are you good at collecting, organising and finding patterns in information? Do you like science or solving puzzles? Are you curious about the way apps work and interested in learning how to build them?
Have you considered taking a gap year in 2022? What if you used it to learn to code and got paid to do it?
Learning to code is massively empowering. Code is behind almost every piece of modern technology, from your phone to wind turbines. Code flies airplanes on autopilot and makes sure your fridge stays cold. Learning how code is learning how to design the future. And here is the secret: It is something anyone can learn to do.
In 2022, Stile is offering software engineering internships for young women, non-binary, and women-identifying people. You should be interested in learning to code and are passionate about science. It’s great if you’ve had some coding experience already, but totally cool if you don’t.
This is a genuinely awesome opportunity to learn something new and experience what designing apps is all about. You’ll get paid, and you’ll have some fun too!
So that you can get a feel for what the internship is really like, we wanted to share the experiences of Dev and Ikram, this year's software engineering interns.
Dev and Ikram graduated high school last year and applied for this internship with very different experiences and goals. Dev had several opportunities throughout high school to learn to program but wasn’t sure if she wanted to commit to a career in software engineering. For her, this internship was a way to get real-world experience in the industry. On the other hand, Ikram had very limited programming opportunities throughout high school and jumped at the chance to learn it. She also wasn’t sure of her career path but was considering doing a Commerce degree.
Six months into their internship, they’re absolutely smashing it. They’ve worked on projects directly on Stile’s platform and off it, across different languages and on individual projects in areas that interest them, like preventing web servers from being hacked and understanding use cases of different data types to plan approaches to projects and debugging problems. While working with Stile’s engineering team and networking with engineers at other companies, they’ve developed their problem solving, teamwork and communication skills. Both Dev and Ikram have also commented on this internship being a fantastic introduction to working life.
Next year, Dev plans on studying software engineering at university and hopes to find a part-time role in engineering while she studies. Ikram will either find a full-time job in the software industry or study software engineering at university whilst working part-time.
You’ll come to work every day with Stile’s enthusiastic, energetic design and engineering teams at our Melbourne CBD office. You’ll experience what it’s like to work with a highly creative team in a progressive workplace. You’ll learn how to code, and you’ll work directly on apps that help kids learn about climate change, genetically modified foods, and a whole raft of other important global issues.
This could be your gap year before university or the practical experience that launches your career as a builder of the future. Perhaps you’ll use what you learn to be an entrepreneur and launch your own company.
You might have used Stile (stileapp.com) in your science classes before, but what you might not know is that we run a world-class software engineering team right here in Melbourne. All the technologies that we use to create the science lessons in Stile are the same ones that power all the apps and websites you use every day. Of course, software engineers don’t work alone - you’ll be working with artists, designers, videographers and wordsmiths too.
If you want to know more about Stile, take a look at “Our why” and “Join the Team” pages on our website. And, don’t forget to check out our ‘Meet the Team’ video too!
We recognise the importance of gender equality in strengthening our business operations and aim to improve the gender balance of our workforce, particularly in professional roles, technical roles and leadership positions. We don’t think young women are given enough opportunities to shape our shared future - a future powered and defined by the technologies that today are mostly crafted by men.
That doesn’t sound right to us, and we want to do something about it.
These internships are open to women-identifying and non-binary people. This opportunity qualifies as a ‘special measure’ under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).
Internships will start on 1st March 2022, and you’ll graduate at our Christmas party sometime in mid-late December 2022.
This is a full-time paid position, so you’ll be working five days a week. Most of those days will be physically at Stile HQ on Exhibition Street in the city.
During your internship, we’ll provide you with a laptop and all the other bits and pieces you need to be all set up and ready to code effectively.
You’ll be doing two types of initial training in the first few weeks of your internship:
After your initial training, you’ll join one of our project teams and be doing real work alongside our mentor engineers. You’ll get the opportunity to attend ongoing training and professional development throughout the year.
Just to be clear, the cost of the training will be covered by Stile.
We have about a dozen Software Engineers at Stile all from different walks of life. Some of them have been engineering for quite a long time, and others are fresh in the business.
You’ll be paired up with a mentor, someone who will help you with your day-to-day and be your go-to person. Your mentor will have daily check-ins with you and assist you with all the nitty-gritty at Stile.
On top of that, you’ll have a direct manager who sits on the Senior Engineering Team. Your direct manager will be someone who’s worked as a software engineer for many years. They’ll be able to coach and guide you towards creating a solid career foundation. You’ll get one-on-one (O3) meetings with them once a week, and they’ll help you knock your goals out of the park.
We'd like our interns to work with us in-person at the Stile offices in the Melbourne CBD. This will be easiest for Melbourne locals. That said, we're keen to talk to any promising candidates from any location in Australia who would be interested in relocating to Melbourne for the internship. For interstate or regional candidates, Stile is willing to offer both financial and personal support to make it possible for you to attend the internship in person.
If you're thinking about applying but live interstate or in regional Victoria, get in touch and we can discuss different types of support which may include:
If this sounds like an interesting way to spend 2022 we’d love you to apply. To do so, please send the following three things in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mention in the email that you’re applying for the 2022 internship!
Applications close 20th November 2021 at 5pm AEST
Write us a letter or shoot us a video explaining why you should be selected for this internship and how you’re going to make the most of it. Tell us about your interests and passions. What parts of Stile’s mission and values resonate the most with you (check out stileeducation.com)? Tell us about any future career aspirations, though we don’t mind if you have no clue what you want to do, so if that is the case, just say so!
If you've persevered through economic, social or other challenges that most other kids likely haven't, tell us about it. Will your background bring something unique to Stile? We'd love to know more! If you’re from a disadvantaged background, talk to us about that too.
A resume that covers at the minimum:
And if you have any of the below (totally fine if not), we’d love for you to include this too:
Remember, we’ll not only evaluate what you say, but how you say it. We’re looking for clear written and verbal communicators.
Provide us with a brief letter from a teacher or your school principal letting us know that they think you’d be a good fit for this internship. Make sure it includes their contact details and that they’re happy for us to get in touch with them to chat about your application.
If you haven’t been in high school in over a year, you can also get a reference letter from your current boss, mentor, coach, or someone who can tell us more about you!
If we love your application, we’ll get in touch with you to organise an interview. These will run for a couple of hours (with breaks, don’t worry). We’ll ask you a range of questions to get to know you a little better, and you’ll have a chance to ask us any questions you have too!
20th November: Applications due
30th November: We’ll let you know if you’ve got an interview.
First half of January: Interviews will take place
17th January: We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful.