This post was originally published on November 10, 2020.

We recognise that there’s a big difference between theory and practice. Studying engineering is one thing but actually applying it is another. This is why we started our internship program five years ago—to bridge this gap.

Many of us have studied engineering and so we know what it’s like to be a student, and to have gaps in our practical knowledge. We want to help students transition from University to the world of meaningful work.

About the program

  • Internships are a paid position and are three months long.
  • Internships can be part time or full time, depending on the student’s capacity/right to work in Australia.
  • We generally have three intakes a year: semester one, semester two and one over the summer break. Our next summer intake is full, but we welcome applications at any time.

What sort of work do interns do?

Our interns are given a specific project to work on, quite often an internal project where they have the freedom to explore and experiment in a safe, innovative space.

We currently have three interns working at Tekt and their projects span AI, Embedded software, Augmented Reality, Machine vision, mobile frameworks (Flutter) and camera systems. They’re also working on complex API integration and several other exciting technologies.

Spotlight on Ernesto Calderon

We spoke to one of our interns, Ernesto Calderon, about his experience at Tekt Industries.

Why did you choose to intern at Tekt Industries?

I’m currently studying a Masters degree in Information Technology at The University of Melbourne with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction. There was an opportunity to do an internship as part of my degree. I saw this as a chance to not only build my skills and knowledge but to expand my experience of Australian culture outside of the University (as I’m from Peru). Tekt Industries was one of the companies that the University had a strong partnership with.

What are you working on at Tekt?

I’m currently building a visual processing system, experimenting with different single-board computers and cameras. The ultimate goal is to create a system that uses augmented reality to verify the integrity of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). I’m really enjoying experimenting with these sorts of computers.

What would you like to get out of this experience?

I’d like to strengthen my soft skills as well as technical skills. Typically speaking, engineers don’t always focus on this aspect of their profession but this is an important part of being an engineer.

What would you like to do after your internship is over?

I’d like to eventually be an expert in Human Computer Interaction, focusing on the needs of the user. I’d like to continue exploring Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. I want to keep learning, beyond my Masters degree.

What interesting tech developments do you think will emerge as a result of the pandemic?

Zoom is obviously doing well as a result of the pandemic, as are streaming services and messaging platforms. I expect businesses in this space will continue to thrive. The work that I’ve been doing in my Masters and here at Tekt with cameras is somewhat related to that.

Interested in applying?

We currently have a fantastic partnership with The University of Melbourne’s School of Engineering. But we’re open to applicants from a variety of backgrounds. We’re always interested in taking on enthusiastic and curious individuals who love tech.

To apply, feel free to contact us directly via:

Send us your CV and a cover letter describing why you’d like to work with us.