Frequently asked questions
We get asked a lot of questions about how the Summer of Tech works. We’ve put together the most commonly asked questions to help you along. If you still have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is a Summer of Tech Internship?
Our definition of an “internship” is a full time, paid summer job. Usually from mid November-mid February (approximately 400 hours). It is mentored & supervised closely by the host employer, and the intern works on real tech projects. There is an employment contract in place, and usually no expectation of ongoing work beyond the summer.
We ask all employers in our SoTInterns programme to abide by these guidelines on what makes a good IT internship.
What is a Summer of Tech Job?
In 2017, we’re launching SoTJobs, which is for all kinds of entry level Tech jobs, outside of the summer season. They could be part time, short term, mid-year internships, or full time graduate roles. We don’t run recruitment events for Jobs, our website functions as a jobs board for students and recent graduates seeking tech roles.
Are secondary students eligible?
No. Summer of Tech is for students who are enrolled in a NZ tertiary institution. Our full terms & conditions for students are here.
Are Enspiral Dev Academy graduates eligible?
Yes. The Dev Academy team have asked that students NOT participate in Summer of Tech if they are current students at Dev Academy, as you won’t have enough time to commit to SoT AND EDA. If you graduated this year, you’re welcome in SoT. Please ask EDA staff for a copy of a “record of learning” that you can upload in place of your academic record.
Are recent university graduates eligible?
Summer of Tech Internships are restricted to students with a current year student ID. If you graduate mid-year, you are still eligible for summer internships.
Graduates are eligible for Summer of Tech Jobs, as long as you graduated less than 12 months ago.
Are international students eligible?
Yes. As long as you’re studying at a NZ tertiary institution, and have a valid work visa for the summer. Extra tips for international students are here.
What do the different “skill” levels mean?
We are asking for your experience level for each skill. Academic means you’ve studied it; Practical means you’ve practiced it in your spare time or done it as a volunteer project. For “Practical” you need to have something that you can physically demonstrate as a completed project, during a job interview; Paid means you’ve been paid to do it.
If you are interested in learning something during your internship (regardless of your skill/experience level), you should also select “Interested”.
What do I put for my “academic record”?
Our preference is for your most recent tertiary course results – it doesn’t have to be an official transcript, a screen shot of grades from past years, and so far this year is fine.
If you’re a first year student, you *could* include your final year high school results, but you should update it as soon as you get uni grades.
If you’re a Dev Academy graduate, please ask the Dev Academy for a record of your learning to upload in place of the academic record.
If your institution doesn’t provide this, please contact our team for advice.
Can SoT help me with my CV?
Yes, please attend our CV bootcamps and clinics! If you missed those, we have office hours at some campuses later in the year. If you join the programme REALLY late, please review the CV bootcamp slides and videos on our Student Resources page, here. Have a crack at it, and contact us if you want feedback from one of the team before the end of August. September is too late to get your CV sorted, we’re deep into recruitment season!
What do I write in the “Short Blurb” and “About Me” sections?
Your “Short Blurb” should include the specific role(s) you’re looking for. Are you a coder or a designer? A software tester or a business analyst? This is the text that goes right next to your profile picture when an employer sees it in a search result. Be snappy!
The “About Me” section is like a generic cover letter (remember multiple different employers can see it!). Tips on writing an effective “Why Hire Me” section are here. Also, check out Roseanna’s post about the anatomy of a good student profile, here.
Bonus tips: getting the profile photo right is the key to making a good first impression! The photo should be a professional headshot, that’s recognisably YOU, so that employers remember you when they meet you at SoT events. Here’s some tips about profile photos.
Who can see my profile?
Employers who have registered and posted internship roles on the SoT website can see your completed profile. When you have opted into region(s), and completed your profile, you can see them, too! You can see their company profiles here, and jobs here.
Can I edit my profile after it’s published?
YES! We highly encourage you to edit & refine your profile over the year. You’ll want to update your academic record if you get mid-year grades. When you see jobs listed that seem like a good fit, you can refine your cover letter & CV so that you are putting your best foot forward.
How do I withdraw from SoT?
If your plans change, or if you get a job outside of the SoT programme, then you MUST opt out of all programmes. You can do this on your profile settings. We archive your profile, so that you can log in and refresh it next year. If you want us to remove all record of your profile from SoT, contact us.
Is there a cost for students to attend SoT events?
No. Our charitable purpose is all about inclusive, accessible, free educational events for Tech students.
What is a “Bootcamp”?
1-2 hour workshops or tech talks, on technical and non-technical topics. These are designed to inform, inspire and upskill students on the stuff that the NZ tech sector wants you to know. They might be lecture style, or hands-on – it all depends on the presenters!
We sometimes have 1:1 clinics, too. That means you’ll be allocated a short time to get advice 1:1 from an employer/volunteer.
Who are the presenters?
Usually volunteers from the SoT network, or the SoT Team. Usually employers, who want you to learn this stuff so that they can hire you for internships in the summer! We are constantly talking to industry about what gaps they’re seeing in graduates. We try to work alongside tertiaries, supporting what they’re teaching, but we’re able to move quickly to deploy short sharp lessons based on industry demand.
What if I can’t attend?
If you’re not available due to geography or other work/life/study commitments, then we do our best to make the slides & resources available in the Student Resources section of our website. We video our most important sessions, and these are posted on the website, too.
If you are registered for an event but your plans change and you can’t attend, it is really important to withdraw from the event at least 4 hours before it is due to start. This will give another student a chance to secure a spot. Most of our student events have a waiting list.
If you’re running late to a SoT event, please let the team know by email or DM on our website, and we’ll hold your spot for you.
I’m on the waitlist for an event, what does that mean?
This means the event is full, and you are waiting for a spot to become available. You will get an email if you secure a spot. If you are VERY keen to attend, you are welcome to come along just in case there is space. We can’t guarantee you’ll get a spot, but if someone doesn’t turn up 5 minutes after the start time, we will let you in to take their spot!
What kinds of roles do you have available?
From about July onwards, employers will start posting Summer Internship opportunities. We can’t predict exactly what roles will be available, but they are usually in the areas of software development, digital design, DevOps, Security, Business Analysis, DBA, UX/UI, IT Project Management, GIS, Computer Graphics/Animation… and more! Students with a completed profile can see roles in the Jobs section.
How do I apply for jobs?
Once your profile is approved, you can “apply” for up to 10 internship roles from the job listing. This lets the employer know you’re interested in that role. You can change your application selections any time. SoT is not a formal application process, you may not get a response for every role you apply for. We do ask employers to give you feedback if you have an interview but are not offered the role, but it is up to them whether they have time for this.
You cannot contact employers directly about roles. They have access to your contact information, and they will contact YOU if they want to invite you to the next step. Please remember there are hundreds of students in the SoT programme, so the place to talk directly to employers is at our Meet & Greet event.
Why can’t I express interest in more than 10 roles?
We want you to focus, research and prepare to meet employers properly! We know you can’t do that for more than 10 roles!
Why have I been shortlisted for a role I haven’t expressed interest in?
SoT’s “marketplace” system means employers can find your profile, check out your skills, shortlist and offer you any role. We STRONGLY encourage you to take every opportunity to learn more about a company and a role. You never know, it might be surprisingly awesome. It is a very good idea to take every interview opportunity, you can’t beat this experience!!
If, after your interview, you’re definitely not interested in the role, you should tell the company, in a polite & professional way. But remember, you won’t get a second chance, so make sure your sure!
Can I communicate with employers?
There are opportunities throughout the year to meet employers at our events. The main one for this is Meet & Greet, don’t miss it! We don’t give out employer contact information to students (there’s a lot of you!)
They will contact you if they want to arrange a job interview.
What if I get a job outside Summer of Tech?
If you’re no longer available for summer internships, please Opt Out of all programmes on your dashboard. We’ll save your profile information for next year.
If you want us to delete your profile, send us a DM from the website.
When are job interviews?
Employers may contact you at any time. But our official recruitment season starts at Meet & Greet. We have SoT-hosted “Speed Interviews” the week after Meet & Greet.
Employers may do follow up interviews, online or offline code tests, they may set a design challenge or invite you for a site visit. It’s totally up to them, just like a normal recruitment process: they will do whatever they need to do to be ready to offer you a job!
Will there be technical tests?
Maybe, it depends on the employer. SoT sometimes sets code tests for specific events, but this information isn’t shared with employers.
When do I find out if I’ve been successful?
SoT Offers Day is early October. We aim for the first offers to be released (via email, and visible on your dashboard on the SoT website), at 10am, so anytime after that. Don’t panic if you don’t get an offer right on 10am, there will be a lot of activity during the day, and the days following!
If you receive an offer, you have 6 hours to respond, otherwise the company can offer it to someone else.
We have support available before & during offers day to help you decide. If you’re on a Shortlist the week before Offers day, you should be thinking about your decision early!!
If you’re feeling stressed during the SoT Recruitment season, please check out our tips for coping & thriving & staying well, here.
When do internships start & finish?
Usually mid November to mid February, but the exact dates & hours are to be agreed between the employer and the employee. Some students finish exams earlier than mid November, some tertiary courses don’t finish until mid December. Your employer should be talking to you about your availability during the final stages of the interview process.
We ask that you are available full time, Monday-Friday, for 400 hours between November and March.
If that’s not your situation, please withdraw from Summer if Tech Internships (we may be able to help via Summer of Tech Jobs).
I’ve got a holiday booked this summer, can I still participate?
Yes. We ask that you are available full time, Monday-Friday, for 400 hours between November and March. Many NZ businesses shut down between 25 December and 10 January. If you’ve already committed to be away for more than a week outside of that time, then we suggest you mention it to the employer at the end of your 2nd interview (or if they bring it up earlier).
I’ve got more questions…
The best way to contact us is via Direct Message on the website. Log in and click on the ? button at the bottom right of the screen. We’ll respond as soon as we can.