SummerTech LIVE


SummerTech LIVE is a program bridging the digital skills gap for businesses and giving students and recent graduates invaluable on-the-job experience. The program offers participants a $5,000 studentship for 10 to 12 weeks over the summer break and there is no cost to businesses.

Besides helping students gain vital professional skills and build their career networks, SummerTech LIVE is also increasing the competitiveness of Victorian small to medium-sized businesses by accelerating the uptake of technology and innovation.

This year, the program is increasing the number of cyber-related projects, building a pipeline of cyber talent and responding to an identified skills gap in the Victorian Government’s Cyber Strategy. Other projects areas include, AI and machine learning, web development, software engineering, programming, data analytics, app development, and augmented and virtual reality.

Since it started in 2017, SummerTech LIVE has placed more than 500 students with almost 300 businesses. It is being delivered on behalf of government by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).

Case studies

Hear from Holly and Matt

Federation University IT student and former children’s book author, Holly was paired to work with Matt from Ballarat-based IT consulting firm TMMJ Consulting, where she used her ICT skills to build, test, and deploy a web-based interviewing system.

Read the transcript

Hear from Zheping and Theo

RMIT University student Zheping worked on a collaboration between innovative real estate business YepHome and RMIT University, using his skills to develop a price prediction model that forecasts house price trends in a local government area.

Read the transcript

Watch highlights from the 2018 SummerTech LIVE Showcase.

For more information visit the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


If you are a Victorian business who is trying to solve a technology-related challenge or could benefit from digital expertise, the SummerTech LIVE program could help.

SummerTech LIVE matches Victorian small and medium sized businesses with suitable tertiary students or recent graduates to work on digital tech projects. To participate, you will need to provide guidance and mentoring to the student or recent graduate throughout the project.

To join the program, you will also need to include a description of your technology-related business challenge as part of an application process. if eligible, you will be matched with two ICT tertiary students or recent graduates who will work with you and be assisted by an academic supervisor.

Small to medium-sized businesses from all sectors across Victoria are invited to take part. There is no cost to businesses.

SummerTech LIVE provides a rewarding opportunity for you to gain industry experience while also receiving studentship payment. Participating students or recent graduates will receive a $5,000 studentship payment for their work over a 10 to 12-week period during summer.

If you are a current Information Communication Technology (ICT) student or have recently graduated, you can apply to participate through your tertiary institution. Students will be supported throughout the project by an educational mentor provided by tertiary institutions.

Tertiary institutions that wish to participate can register their interest, available resources and capabilities with VCCI. Funding of up to $1,000 per project will be provided to participating tertiary institutions to support the educational mentor(s) working with the students.

Page last updated: 12 September 2023