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Know someone who’s passionate about the future of Horticulture in Australia?

Hort Innovation has identified the need to build capacity in people in the horticultural industry, to ensure the development of industry leaders into the future. To that end, along with key partners Rimfire Resources and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, it has instigated the Hort Innovation Internship Program.

The two key objectives of this program are to:

  • increase graduate interest in careers across the Australian horticulture sector;
  • build a new pool of industry leaders and create networks of young professionals to drive further innovation across the sector.

The program has two phases for students:

Phase 1 is a scholarship ($8000 per student) allowing selected students access to internships in the horticultural industry which may otherwise be constrained by financial cost. The scholarship funds may be used for travel, accommodation and living expenses to support the final year of study and internship placement within the horticultural industry.  The internship must be horticulture focused, relevant to the module of university study and compliant with the university requirements.

Phase 2 supports the uptake of high quality graduates into the horticultural industry, with Hort Innovation providing co-investment to support the first year’s salary and participation in a five-day industry leadership training program.

Student selection criteria

To be successful, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • have an open mind to a new/different industry and challenges, and be genuinely willing to explore horticulture as a career option
  • be able and willing to live and work rurally
  • have passion, drive and motivation
  • have industry placement/work experience as a core subject or elective in their current university course
  • be capable of completing their current studies (i.e. completed all previous years and enough credits to graduate) no later than one (1) year after accepting the scholarship
  • be able, after graduating, to commit to full-time employment for a minimum of 12 months
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia.

Registration is now open, so if you are passionate about making the difference in the future of Horticulture in Australia – or if you know someone who is – this is the chance to make it happen, with support from some of the industry’s current best leaders.

More information and apply here.