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SoT2020 Report

By Ruth
February 27 2021

Posted in Infographics

Here’s a quick overview of our 2020 programmes:

(Originally published 27 February, updated 25 March with bootcamp, tertiary and skills data)

With the support of our amazing employers, the astonishing good luck and good management of the NZ economy in the face of a global pandemic, Summer of Tech came through 2020 only 3% down on our 2019 all time record internship numbers. We had 334 summer interns this year vs 344 last year! The really big number is 345, which is comprised of 334 Summer of Tech 2020 interns and 11 “SoTJobs” confirmed outside of the summer. So that’s actually 1 more role than we had in 2019!! We also saw an increase in the number of employers taking part (up 10% year-on-year):

A Bar chart showing 2006-2020 Summer of Tech Internships Data

Every year we have more candidates than roles. In 2020 we saw a 15% drop in student registrations compared to last year, which is what happens when you can’t run in-person events and students are focused on other things… like a global pandemic. Through digital and word of mouth promotion, the support of campus careers offices and online career fairs, we were stoked to have over 3,500 registrations. There was a high proportion of completed profiles, so being locked down at home meant a lot of people had time to work on their CV and get focused on applying for internships! In the previous 3 years only about half of registered students go on to create a profile, but in 2020 we had over 60% completed, with 2,246 live candidates:

Graph showing SoT2020 registered students and completed profiles


We ran fewer bootcamps in 2020 (80 vs 85 in 2019), with slightly fewer unique attendees. Average attendance per event was up by 50% vs 2019:

The reason for our shifting bootcamp data in 2020 is that we moved the majority of bootcamps online, due to lockdown restrictions:

Thanks to amazingly resilient and flexible presenters, our range of topics was similar to previous years:

Employers are still investing in students who are still completing their qualifications, with 46% of interns not in their final year of study:

Interns were paid an average of $23.94 per hour:

93% of 2020 internships were in Wellington or Auckland:

Map of New Zealand showing number of candidates and number of internships by region

…so it’s no surprise that Victoria University and the University of Auckland supplied the highest number of interns, but we had a total of 23 tertiary institutions represented in the Class of 2020:

Interns were employed in a variety of roles, but Developers still remain the most in-demand in our programme:

2020 Internship role types

Compared to 2019, we’ve seen growth in Javascript and Front End Web Frameworks (up 14% YoY), and Python (13%):

In 2020 we saw the proportion of interns who identify as female, neither or both genders, or who chose not to disclose, hold fairly steady at 41%, well above the industry average:


Please contact us if you’d like more detail on our programmes. We are hugely grateful to our sponsors and partners for making our 2020 programme possible:

You can find reports from past years here.

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