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Ministry boosts funding for R&D internships

An extra 140 undergraduate students will be carrying out state-funded research and development projects for New Zealand businesses this summer.

An extra 140 undergraduate students will be carrying out state-funded research and development projects for New Zealand businesses this summer.

Science and innovation minister Wayne Mapp said demand for the MSI's undergraduate internships programme was so strong, 341 internships would be awarded instead of 200.

Funding for the annual programme, which provides funding of $16 per hour (excl. GST) for up to 400 hours of work by a student, has increased from $1.28 to $2.4 million.

“This government wants to see better connections and increased collaboration between the science and business communities. These internships contribute to this goal,” Dr Mapp said.

“This initiative has twin benefits: young, promising engineers, technologists and scientists will be able to prove themselves in a commercial research environment. And businesses have the chance to tap into the latest knowledge, insights and skills to contribute to new products, processes or services."

Some 130 of the 341 internships are in the Canterbury region, as part of the government’s support package for businesses affected by the earthquake.