Women in STEM: Software Engineering Internship
full-time, internship

Are you good at collecting, organising and finding patterns in information? Do you like science or solving puzzles? Are you curious about the way apps work, and interested in learning how to build them?

Have you considered taking a gap year in 2021? What if you used it to learn to code and got paid to do it?

Learning to code is massively empowering. Code is behind almost every piece of modern technology - from your phone to wind turbines. Code flies airplanes on autopilot and makes sure your fridge stays cold. Learning how code is learning how to design the future. And here is the secret: It is something anyone can learn to do.

In 2021, Stile is offering software engineering internships for young women, non-binary and women-identifying people. You should be interested in learning to code and are passionate about science. It’s great if you’ve had some coding experience already, but totally cool if you don’t.

This is a genuinely awesome opportunity to learn something new and experience what designing apps is all about. You’ll get paid and you’ll have some fun too!

What’s in it for you?

You’ll come to work every day with Stile’s enthusiastic, energetic design and engineering teams at our Melbourne CBD office. You’ll experience what it’s like to work with a highly creative team in a progressive workplace. You’ll learn how to code and you’ll work directly on apps that help kids learn about climate change, genetically modified foods and a whole raft of other important global issues.

This could be your gap year before university or the practical experience that launches your career as a builder of the future. Perhaps you’ll use what you learn to be an entrepreneur and launch your own company.


You might have used Stile (stileapp.com) in your science classes before, but what you might not know is that we run a world-class software engineering team right here in Melbourne. All the technologies that we use to create the science lessons in Stile are the same ones that power all the apps and websites you use every day. Of course, software engineers don’t work alone - you’ll be working with artists, designers, videographers and wordsmiths too.

If you want to know more about Stile, you should check out the “Our why” and “Meet the Team” pages on our website. Don’t forget to check out our “Meet the Team” video too!

Why focus on women?

We recognise the importance of gender equality in strengthening our business operations and aim to specifically improve the gender balance of our workforce, particularly in professional roles, technical roles and in leadership positions. We don’t think young women are being given enough opportunities to shape our shared future - a future powered and defined by the technologies that today are mostly crafted by men.

That doesn’t sound right to us, and we want to do something about it.

These internships are open to women-identifying and non-binary people. This opportunity qualifies as a ‘special measure’ under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).


Start and end dates

Internships will start on 1st March 2021 and you’ll graduate at our Christmas party sometime in mid-late December 2021.


This is a full-time paid position, so you’ll be working 5 days a week. Most of those days will be physically at Stile HQ on Exhibition Street in the city.

Tools for the job

During your internship we’ll provide you with a laptop and all the other bits and pieces you need to be all set up and ready to code effectively.


You’ll be doing two types of initial training in the first few weeks of your internship:

  1. You’ll complete an online coding course specifically related to modern web application and website design. While you’re doing this you’ll have access to a mentor from Stile’s engineering team.

  2. You’ll complete an in-house course on the basics of working life. We cover topics like personal finance, tax, running meetings, note taking, priority management and more.

After your initial training, you’ll join one of our project teams and be doing real work alongside our mentor engineers. You’ll get the opportunity to attend ongoing training and professional development throughout the year.

Just to be clear, the cost of the training will be covered by Stile.

Mentors + Coaches

We have about a dozen Software Engineers at Stile all from different walks of life. Some of them have been engineering for quite a long time and others are fresh in the business.

You’ll be paired up with a mentor, someone who will help you with your day-to-day and be your go to person. Your mentor will have daily check-ins with you and assist you with all the nitty-gritty at Stile.

On top of that, you’ll have a direct manager who sits on the Senior Engineering Team. Your direct manager will be someone who’s worked as a software engineer for many years. They’ll be able to coach and guide you towards creating a solid career foundation. You’ll get one-on-one (O3) meetings with them once a week and they’ll help you knock your goals out of the park.

Eligibility and selection criteria

  • You’re a young woman or non-binary person that is finishing school in 2020, or have graduated from school in the last 24 months.

  • You will have completed some Year 12 Maths

  • You can demonstrate an interest in science, maths, education, or something equivalent. Do you have a side project you’re working on? Do you tutor your friends? Do you have any other STEM interests?

  • You’ll be 18 or older on 31 March 2021.

  • Prior experience with code isn't necessary, but you’re keen to learn! That said, we'd love to hear about any previous coding projects you've done.

  • We will have a strong bias towards applicants from socially disadvantaged or minority groups.

How to apply

Let us know you're interested

If this sounds like an interesting way to spend 2021 we’d love you to apply. To do so, please send the following three things in an email to jointheteam@stileeducation.com. Mention in the email that you’re applying for the 2021 internship!

Applications close 20th November 2020 at 5pm AEST

1) A bit about you

Write us a letter or shoot us a video explaining why you should be selected for this internship and how you’re going to make the most of it. Tell us about your interests and passions. What parts of Stile’s mission and values resonate the most with you (check out stileeducation.com)? Tell us about any future career aspirations, though we don’t mind if you have no clue what you want to do, so if that is the case, just say so!

If you've persevered through economic, social or other challenges that most other kids likely haven't, tell us about it. Will your background bring something unique to Stile? We'd love to know more! If you’re from a disadvantaged background, talk to us about that too.

2) Your Resume

A resume that covers at the minimum:

  • What Year 11 + 12 subjects you’ve taken or are completing now (don’t worry about giving us your scores in these subjects though)
  • Your contact details, including your name, email address and phone number

And if you have any of the below (totally fine if not), we’d love for you to include this too:

  • Any extra curricular activities you might be involved in
  • An initiative, project or experience you are proud of that you would like to share with us
  • Any work experience or jobs you’ve had
  • Any contributions you’ve made to your community and ways you’ve helped those around you
  • Any awards you’ve received
  • Any coding you’ve done before, especially any websites or apps you’ve made

Remember, we’ll not only evaluate what you say, but how you say it. We’re looking for clear written and verbal communicators.

3) A reference from your school

Provide us with a brief letter from a teacher or your school principal letting us know that they think you’d be a good fit for this internship. Make sure it includes their contact details and that they’re happy for us to get in touch with them to chat about your application.

If you haven’t been in high school in over a year, you can also get a reference letter from your current boss, mentor, coach, or someone who can tell us more about you!


If we love your application, we’ll get in touch with you to organise an interview. These will run for a couple of hours (with breaks, don’t worry). We’ll ask you a range of questions to get to know you a little better and you’ll have a chance to ask us any questions you have too!

Key Dates:

  • 20th November: All applications are due.
  • 30th November: We’ll let you know if you’ve got an interview.
  • First half of December: Interviews will take place.
  • 20th December: We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful.
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