Ten new internships announced under a continuing partnership between APR.Intern and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will accelerate engagement of women in statistical research innovation.

Following the previous placement of seven PhDs, the new internships will roll out over the next year. Each project will run for up to five months, with the PhDs undertaking specialist research within ABS teams to complement academic expertise with essential industry soft skills.

Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Australian Statistician, Census and Data Services Group at the ABS, Teresa Dickinson, said the placements would expand ABS’ statistical research capability through access to some of Australia’s brightest research specialists.

“We are delighted to offer these opportunities to build Australia’s STEM capability and foster gender equity in Australian innovation in partnership with AMSI’s APR.Intern program,” Teresa said.

With women accounting for only 16 per cent of Australia’s current STEM workforce, the internships will be delivered by APR.Intern under the Australian Government’s $28.2 million Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI)—National Research Internship Program (NRIP).

Australian Bureau of Statistics

This program is supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, through the ‘Supporting more women in STEM careers: Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) – National Research Internships Program’.