The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has launched a new industry internship program for STEM graduates.

In partnership with leading Australian medical-tech, energy, intellectual property and accounting companies, the program - IMNIS Ignite - connects exceptional PhD students, graduates, and early-career researchers with paid industry internships designed to ignite their careers in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) sectors.

ATSE CEO Kylie Walker said ATSE has seen the transformative potential of mentoring, with over 1,700 IMNIS mentees graduated from the program, and is poised to build on this success by opening up a wealth of career opportunities.

“Alumni of our IMNIS program not only have high-level STEM qualifications; they've also been mentored by senior industry leaders, built their industry networks, and have undergone a rich breadth of training in enabling skills,” Ms Walker said.

“Our internships offer unmatchable exposure to industry, equipping new STEM professionals with real-world skills to translate and commercialise their innovations into products and services. The program also gives host companies the chance to introduce high-potential graduates to their business.

“Fostering transferable skills and a collaborative culture is critical to Australia's tech-enabled future. Our programs provide a tangible opportunity to widen and deepen the STEM skills pipeline in Australia and bolster our science and technology workforce.”