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As in all businesses, the National Youth Science Forum requires staff with the kinds of skills, knowledge and understanding that study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offer.

An ACT Government initiative – STEM 4 Business Internship program – has made it possible for the NYSF to access some extra skills to support our corporate team. Through the program, financial support is provided to hire an undergraduate student intern studying a STEM course at a Canberra-based university and the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

As part of ACT Government’s Digital Canberra Strategy, this program aims to build a job-ready STEM skill capability in ACT undergraduate/CIT STEM students whilst contributing to ACT businesses’ longer term STEM skill requirements, enabling them to take full advantage of the digital economy.

Max Jones – coincidentally an NYSF alumnus from 2014 – was appointed as the STEM Education Program Assistant.

NYSF’s Manager, STEM Education, Madeline Cooper said, "We were incredibly impressed with the quality of the applications we received for the position. I’m thrilled to have Max on board to assist with a range of projects related to the STEM Education program, including analysis of our application numbers and research into potential providers for our lab visits. These are projects we wouldn’t have the capacity to do otherwise, so we’re incredibly thankful to the ACT Government for supporting the NYSF in this meaningful and direct way."

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For more information about the ACT Government initiative, visit,