There’s a lot of information you are going to need when applying to and taking on an internship through the Startup Internships program, especially if you’re doing it for-credit and need to meet specific subject requirements. We’ve gathered some frequently asked questions that we get from students and included the questions and answers below to help you feel prepared. These are general questions about the program, for more specific information about for-credit internship by subject and faculty, see here.
Why is UTS running this program?
The Startup Internships program was created to provide an entrepreneurial learning experience to students who are hungry to learn entrepreneurial skills, in a practical setting. We are hoping to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs to affect change in the startup ecosystem and at every level of industry. The skills you learn will help resource you to be successful upon graduating, and into the future.
How do I intern with a startup?
Simply fill in this form to apply for the program. The Startup Internships program runs in line with the teaching session. If you have missed the deadline, you can apply for the next session.
When are applications open for Spring 2019?
When do applications close for Spring 2019?
Spring applications close July 26, 2019, but we’ve already started going through applications so the sooner your application reaches us, the better.
What is an unpaid for-credit internship mean?
A for-credit internship is where you undertake an internship placement that will you gain credit for toward your UTS degree by enrolling in an internship subject.
What does a voluntary internship mean?
This means you are undertaking an internship that you will not gain credit for, which is also unpaid. This is also known as a co-curricular internship. Voluntary internships cannot be used for off-site internships. For a better chance of success, enrol in an internship subject.
What is a startup community?
A startup community is made up from one or more startups developing their startups out of a co-working space or accelerator program, usually surrounded by other startups. This means there is a community of awesome people that you can network with, learn from and share your knowledge with.
What is a startup Community Manager?
Most startup communities have a Community Manager. For the Startup Internships program, this person is the main point of contact. If you are successful in your application, this person may be viewing your video interview and perhaps also conducting your final interview, and will be your supervisor for the duration of your internship.
What does the process involve?
Consult the Intern with a Startup student journey for more information.
How does the interview process work?
If the Startup Internships Team approves your application, you will be asked to complete an online video interview, in which you will be asked to answer a series of questions. This video is then added to your application and viewed by one or more community managers.
You will be required to attend a Meet and Greet interview on a pre-organised date. We will advise you of this when your application is progressed. You cannot miss this interview. Once you have attended, the Community Manager will make a final decision at which time we will alert you by email and you can choose to accept the position.
What if I already applied?
Email our team for instructions on how to update your application for a previous session, at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Census date, and how does it affect me?
Consult your student handbook for key dates and information. On this date, you become financially liable for any Autumn subjects which you are enrolled and is the final day to withdraw from a subject without incurring financial liability or academic penalty.
I don’t know much about entrepreneurship, should I still apply to the program?
The program is open to all eligible UTS current students. The purpose of this program is to educate UTS students around entrepreneurship and startups are a great way to have an immersive educational experience. It’s all a learning experience, so be open-minded and ready to learn.
Can I choose my startup?
We work with communities in Sydney and with UTS Startups to source internships for the Startup Internships program. These communities include Fishburners, EnergyLab, Cicada Innovations and more. Within these communities are startups where you will eventually intern if you are successful in the application process. We will place students into communities to be interviewed, but cannot guarantee a particular community, startup or role.
How long will the internship be, and what days should I work?
Internships will follow fair work guidelines and adhere to the requirements of each faculty and subject at UTS. Not all internships are the same, so it is vital that you are aware of your particular requirements, hourly limits, and deadline ahead of time. If you are completing a for-credit internship then you must follow the requirements stipulated by your subject. All voluntary internships can extend for a maximum of 210 hours.
Will I be offered multiple internships?
The program model will match students according to the needs of the startups so that each student will be matched once initially. Should the startup or community decide not to move forward with your application, the Startup Internships team may decide to send your application to a different community. We cannot guarantee that every applicant will be successful.
How can I make my application stronger?
All for-credit internships will be prioritised, simply enrol in an internship subject. Ensure that you give us as much information as possible when you fill out the application. There are optional questions that can strengthen your application, such as uploading a video of yourself, or adding in a portfolio or LinkedIn profile. For more assistance with resume building, and applications, we strongly suggest visiting the Careers drop-in. Book using your UTS CareerHub login.
Will I be given feedback about my application?
We cannot guarantee that every unsuccessful applicant will be given feedback. You can request this by emailing the internships officer, and in time, we may be able to provide a response. We strongly suggest that you pursue other ways to get feedback on your application, such as using the UTS CareerHub to access Rate My Resume, book an appointment with Careers Drop In, or make an appointment with your subject coordinator.
I need to create an internship proposal to send to my subject coordinator before my internship can be approved. What should I do?
Before contacting us, make sure that you read the requirements of your specific internship on the UTS CareerHub, or speak to your subject coordinator before submitting your proposal. Observe relevant deadlines. For more information about particular subject requirements, please look at our subject specific FAQ here.
I am an international/study abroad/exchange student. Will I still be accepted for an internship?
The Startup Internships program is open to all students, and each application will be judged on its merit. Should you be here on a specific visa, it is your responsibility to ensure there is adequate time left for you to complete the internship.
Am I covered by insurance whilst undertaking an internship?
Yes, only if the internship is approved by UTS via the UTS CareerHub relevant workflow. Whether you’re undertaking a for-credit or voluntary internship, all UTS students are covered by insurance whilst undertaking an internship, so long as your internship has been approved by UTS.
Are the Startup Internships paid?
Usually, these internships are unpaid, for course credit. Occasionally, the internship may be a paid position and this will be made clear at the interview stage of the process. It is generally accepted that most positions will be unpaid.
Will I get course-credit for my Startup Internship?
Eligible students who are enrolled in, or choose to enrol in a for-credit internship subject may, if approved by the faculty, gain course-credit for the internship. It is crucial that you understand the requirements of your subject and make the necessary arrangements with faculty, to complete the internship. Each faculty has different requirements including dates, hours worked, supervisors, learnings and industries. A for-credit internship can be assessed and approved only by faculty, not by the Innovation Entrepreneurship Unit. Contact your faculty, or see our subject FAQ page here.
Who will supervise me?
The Community Manager from the startup community you are matched with will be your supervisor for the internship. This is important because startups may be new at supervising interns, may not be aware of fair work requirements, and might not understand your University requirements. The community manager will also be working to support other interns in the community. This also means that if something goes wrong with your internship for any reason there is the potential for you to intern with a different startup in the same community.
Where are the offices of the startup communities?
All of the startups are within coworking spaces that are located on UTS campus, within a reasonable travel distance from Sydney’s inner west, northshore or the CBD. To give you a general idea, for the Summer program we had communities located at Wynyard in the Sydney Startup Hub and UTS Startups is located on campus in Building 15 Level 1.
Do you have any examples of successful Startup Internships?
Yes! You can watch the video on the Startup Internships website of two past interns who were working out of the Fishburners Startup Community.
I have a startup idea, should I still intern with a startup?
Yes, the more experience you can gather, the better. However, if you think your startup idea is ready enough to begin, you can apply to become a community member at UTS Startups and build your own startup. In special cases, you may also be able to intern and gain course credit for your work in your startup. Find out more at startupinternships.uts.edu.au.
Will interning at a startup get me a job?
Some students who have been in the program have secured employment at the end of their internships. However, there is no obligation on the community to offer this to you. We strongly suggest that you maximise the learning experience by networking with others in the community, meeting with key contacts in the startup, and showing initiative in all duties assigned to you. You can also request the startup to provide you with a letter of reference, but they are not under any obligation to do so.
Why is this different to a normal internship with a startup?
This program is supported by both the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit and our partner startup communities, to ensure that you will have valuable learning opportunities, peer support, and the potential to work across multiple startups. The community manager will be your supervisor, so there is greater accountability and reassurance that you’ll have a unique practical learning experience that adds value to your degree - which is the key aim of an internship.
I like my internship, can I ask the startup for a job, or stay longer than I planned to?
Due to fair work guidelines, we cannot allow internships to continue longer than the predetermined hours and days. If the startup wishes for you to stay longer, they can offer a paid position, which requires that you enter into an employment contract between the startup and you. In this instance, contact us to ensure the University is aware of any new arrangement.
I am not happy with the internship. What should I do?
If you are concerned about any aspect of your internship, speak to the Community Manager, and/or contact us at email@example.com.
Why must I provide specific hours and days of work?
You need to determine your schedule with the startup before the internship commences. You must discuss what works best both for you and for the startup when you determine your schedule and this will be reflected in your CareerHub workflow. The startup needs to offer some degree of flexibility with your choice of hours so that your class time and other commitments can fit. This is important information for the University to provide insurance coverage for the internship.
I want to give feedback on my experience. How can I do this?
We are interested in receiving your feedback. Our team will be in touch via email to distribute an evaluation form after the internship. Additionally, some subjects require internship reflections to be submitted as part of the process. Alternatively, email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.