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$1.28m for Top Talent to Try Out High-tech Jobs

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About 200 of our best scientific, engineering and technology undergraduate students will get a taste of working for innovative high-tech businesses this summer, announced Science and Innovation Minister Wayne Mapp today.

“We are investing $1.28 million so businesses can hire undergraduate interns to do research and development projects over the university summer holidays,” said Dr Mapp.

“This Government wants to see better connections and more collaboration between science and business. These internships contribute to this goal.”

Dr Mapp said up and coming engineers, technologists and scientists will get a chance to prove themselves in a commercial research environment.

“In turn, businesses can tap into students’ knowledge, insights and skills to contribute to new products, processes or services,” he said.

The Undergraduate Internships programme, administered by the Ministry of Science and Innovation, provides funding of $16 per hour (excl. GST) for up to 400 hours of work by the student.

Many of the internships from the previous investment rounds resulted in jobs for the interns.

“This programme has proven to fulfil a real business need over the past few years,” said Dr Mapp. “I expect this year it will also be in popular demand.”

For more information about the programme and how businesses can apply, go to

Applications close 12pm, Tuesday 27 September 2011.

To find out how we can help you access a range of R&D grants, contact Simon Lempriere of DynamicResources at or 09 236 0082 and 021 721156

Undergraduate Intern Grants for R&D

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Registrations of Interest for 2011-2012 are Open for Undergrad Intern R&D Grants

The Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI) is offering a grant to encourage innovative companies to employ senior science, technology or engineering students for a research and development project. This year two hundred places are available.

Funding Available
 The funding provides $16 per hour for up to 400 hours of work upon proof of payment to the intern.  The maximum grant is $7,360 including GST.  Funding is available to larger companies as well as smaller companies that are developing their first innovative product.


  • An R&D project must be defined for the student, general work experience is not acceptable.
  • The project can be process or efficiency based.
  • You do not need to identify a student prior to registering interest.
  • The student must be studying science, technology or engineering at a NZ University.
  • The student must have completed their final year of study towards an undergraduate degree.
  • The student must be a New Zealand citizen or have a current work permit.

Applications Open
Applications for the Undergraduate Grant are expected to open in the week commencing 5 September 2011.  For further information contact MSI

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To find out how we can help you access R&D grants, contact Simon Lempriere of DynamicResources at or 09 236 0082 and 021 721156