On Wednesday 8 March 2017, the ABC launched the 2017 Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarships to support the International Women’s Day campaign #BEBOLDFORCHANGE.
Scholarships are available for up to eight women across Australia studying a technology-related discipline.
They provide a unique hands-on experience in the fast paced and rapidly evolving broadcast and digital media environment. Australia has been ranked by International Womens Day as the third “most active country committing to bold action alongside US, UK & India”.
Aimed to attract and retain the very best talent in a technical workplace, the scholarships will help ABC Technology deliver on its promise to increase the percentage of women in technical roles and create a “diversity of thought” in the organisation.
In previous years, the scholarships have helped over 120 female students gain hands-on work experience. In 2017, the ABC offered a number of former interns to return to work with the ABC including Imogen Blanch who has featured in 2017’s promotional video sharing her experience working with the ABC and how it shaped her career.
An Engineering student with Australian National University in Canberra, Imogen shared that the practical work experience with the ABC opened her eyes to a new world of technology, electronics and electrical engineering.
She says, “As a consumer of news, TV and radio, people don’t always think of the ABC as part of the technology industry but, there is work done everywhere from cameras to computers and cabling that help power all these areas.”
Each scholarship opportunity includes a $1000 book allowance, and four weeks paid work experience, behind-the-scenes with leading technical engineers at the ABC; to keep our much loved content available on air and online for our audience.