Department of Industry, Science and Resources Internship

6 May 2024

This position is offered through the ANU Computing Internship ([COMP3820] /[ COMP4820] / [COMP8830])


The Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Commercialisation division delivers a range of programs focused on encouraging business research, development and commercialisation. Through these programs the division interacts with startup and scaling businesses, investors and other governments and agencies.

The Venture Capital team, within the Commercialisation Division, manages nine tax­-concession and co-investment programs, including early stage venture capital limited partnerships and the Biomedical Translation Fund. Venture capital provides finance for businesses at early stages of growth with high commercial potential to expand and build better, more sustainable and competitive businesses into the future. This creates value not only for the businesses being invested in, but also for the investors backing venture capital funds.

We employ a bottom up approach to innovation by embedding technical specialists within the business team. These specialists have helped the team move away from managing data held in multiple spreadsheets to data in a SQL database with an automated load process and a Power BI system for analytics.

The benefits of digitisation have been immeasurable. The team now have access to up to date data with on demand reports for analytics, compliance and operational purposes. This means, for example, the team can showcase the achievements of the programs : a total 15,000 participants of the Venture Capital Act 2002 programs have invested $29.93 billion, half of which has come from foreign investors. The economy has benefitted through $15.36 billion invested into Australian businesses.

The team won the DTA Government Digital Award in 2019 for Outstanding digital delivery : emerging technology for their work in digitising delivery.

Please visit the website for further information on the programs.

**Project **\


The team is seeking an intern to help foster innovative ideas to deliver better focused decision making for program participants. The ideas can form the basis of a project during the period of internship. If the intern is comfortable, they may present the results of the project to a committee of Industry Innovation and Science Australia, who are the responsible delegates for the legislative decision making.

Current projects include:

• Migration of the SSIS solution to Microsoft Azure
• Incorporation of open data through APIs
• Develop new reports and dashboards in Power BI, including research solutions to bring multiple data sets together through reportbuilder
• Forecasting program participation to help model staff requirements into the future and we are coming up with new ones all the time!

We are looking for individuals who can:
• Collaborate with IT professionals and the business team to analyse program requirements and design technical solutions that contribute productively to business priorities of the team
• Further develop and support our innovative technical systems by participating in development and coding of software applications, ensuring high-quality, efficient, and reliable code
• Assist in the integration of new technologies and features into existing systems to improve data quality and reporting
• Perform system testing, debugging, and troubleshooting to identify and resolve issues promptly
• Contribute to the documentation of software architecture, design decisions, and implementation details
• Stay up-to-date with industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies related to software development and venture capital programs
• Liaise with IT areas in the department on best practice data and system management
• Turn data into insights for program stakeholders such as policy areas, committees and program clients

What We Offer

• Valuable hands-on experience working on impactful projects in the field of venture capital and government initiatives.
• Mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals in the IT and venture capital sectors.
• Opportunity to develop technical and interpersonal skills within a supportive and innovative work environment.
• Networking opportunities to connect with professionals in both the technology and government sectors.
• Potential for a future career path within the department based on performance and mutual interest.

**Required technical skills**\

• Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Software Engineering or a related field.
• Familiarity with software development principles, algorithms, and data structures.
• Some experience in Power BI, DAX, SQL, Qualtrics, SSIS, SSRS, Azure and ETL or keenness to learn.
• Ability to work well in a team environment, collaborate effectively, and communicate technical concepts clearly.
• Eagerness to learn, adapt, and take initiative to solve complex problems.
• Prior internship or project experience in software development is advantageous but not mandatory.

** Special Requirements **\

1) The intern must be an Australian Citizen or in some circumstances permanent residents of Australia may be considered.
2) This position requires a baseline security clearance. The intern will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. The clearance will be sponsored by the department.
3) Ability to commit to three days work a week.
4) Participation is in person.

**Required professional/other skills**\


**Delivery Mode**\


**Type of internship**\

Paid placement.

**How to apply**\

Applications are invited from students who have already passed the eligibility checks for the Computing Internship courses COMP3820 or COMP4820 or COMP8830. Further information about the Computing Internships can be found on the Computing Internship page.

You can nominate multiple preferred Internship projects and host organisations through the one application form.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest for internship projects is 19th May, 2024. Students who have passed the eligibility checks would have received the application form.

You are on Aboriginal land.

The Australian National University acknowledges, celebrates and pays our respects to the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people of the Canberra region and to all First Nations Australians on whose traditional lands we meet and work, and whose cultures are among the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

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