So, you’re about to do a Work Integrated Learning unit at Deakin. Finding the right internship can be a daunting experience! You might be feeling the pressure of making it a worthwhile and enriching. That’s why we’ve designed the Startup Ideation program to give highly driven students with a passion to innovate an opportunity to do just that.

“If you’ve ever had an interest in starting a business or tackling an important issue, this program can give you the tools and the mindset to turn it into a reality”

– Isaac Jeffies, Startup Ideation Coach

“The Startup Ideation Program is unlike any program I’ve done in the past”

– Prayansh Desai, program participant from T2, 2019

“The program really gives you the tools… for any idea that you come up with in the future”

– Joseph McCaffery, program participant from T1, 2020

You’re the boss

The SPARK Deakin Startup Ideation Program is an innovative internship experience. This is not somewhere you will just be handed boring administrative tasks that the executives aren’t interested in doing. Startup Ideation is all about training you up to lead your own future with the hands-on entrepreneurial skills.

“I learnt a lot by doing… and that’s a rare occurrence”

– Kaizer Rodrigues, program participant from T2, 2019

“This internship has positively influenced the… way I look at different problems and… the way I look at life in general”

– Charmin Ekanayake, program participant from T2, 2019

Through the program, you’ll have the chance to develop your startup idea and really build it with the guidance of professional. Isaac Jeffries, our Startup Ideation Coach is an entrepreneurial consultant who’s all about impact and making a difference.

“What I love about startups is there’s nowhere to hide. You’re in control of your own future, responsible for the highs and lows, making tricky decisions every day. In exchange, you get the incredible feeling of creating something new, turning your ideas into genuinely helpful products and services that make people’s lives better.”

– Isaac Jeffries

Is this for me?

“Everybody was so positive, accepting and appreciating”

–  Meshu Shah, program participant from T1, 2020

All Deakin University students – from international to domestic, and undergrad to PhD are invited to join this program. In the past, interns have graduated from this program with revenue-generated products already in the market, a co-founder for their startup, and skills to take into their professional lives. We take pride in building a co-learning community in Startup Ideation that is supportive and encouraging of long-lasting collaboration.

And here’s a final tip from Isaac…

“You don’t need to bring a fully formed idea or a team, just an open mind and a strong work ethic. You’ll learn how to create lots of ideas, how to separate the gems from the dirt, then how to turn a good idea into a good business.”

We’re ready when you are

The Trimester 1, 2021 cohort begins on 8 March 2021. Applications are due by 11 Jan 2021 (5pm AEDT), with a video interview to follow.

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The Startup Ideation Internship is program created for Deakin University students by Deakin University’s entrepreneurship program, SPARK Deakin. Learn more about how SPARK Deakin can support you here.