Our support for undergraduate students

The API supports your organisation to build meaningful relationships with a targeted community of high calibre undergraduate students who are passionate about careers in the power sector and on a journey to becoming your future workforce. Our major activities to support undergrads include:

  • API Bursary scholarship program; 107 undergrad students from across Australia (40% female), selected by our industry members and connected to career opportunities in power. 

  • Learning Journal: a framework and resources for summer work experience placements with API members

  • Students in Power online Summit; An online event in which students share their experiences working at API member organisations on summer placements through short video submissions. Watch past videos here: Students in Power Summit

  • Undergraduate Student webinar series (Industry Insights series); a webinar series for undergraduate students (focused on API Bursary holders but also engaging other students) designed to strengthen their connections to API member organisations and to support their development of knowledge and capabilities for careers in the power sector.

  • API Bursary student CPD modules and micro-credential (planned for 2023); the API team are developing a new micro credential to recognize and reward completion of key activities within the API bursary program including summer work placements and reports, our online networking events, Student in Power online Summit, and mentoring conversations with API member representatives.

  • Bursary Student Industry networking events (annual, July/August in each state + national online); the API coordinates live events in each state for all bursary students and member organisations to meet, welcome new scholarship recipients, celebrate students in their final year of study, and to generate interest and enthusiasm for careers in API member organisations. An API member organisation typically hosts each live event with other organisations represented.

  • API Powerful Women and Bursary student Mentor program; the API’s Powerful Women Leadership Program includes a mentoring component for 30+ female undergraduate students each year. API member organisations are able to nominate mentors for the program.

  • Undergraduate Research/Thesis Project Ideas & Supervision (planned for 2023); a proposed program, based on member interest, to support industry professionals to offer and connect with undergraduate students as supervisors and mentors for research and thesis projects. Projects could be conceived by industry or universities, or a single common challenge project could be proposed by the API each year across the sector for multiple student and industry collaborations to work on.

  • Promotion of Graduate career opportunities in API member organisations (on-going); we are enhancing our efforts to connect Bursary students and their classmates to graduate opportunities at API member organisations, including webinar briefing sessions, social media, and an updated careers web site.

  • TJ Effeney Scholarship for student professional development; this Award was created to support one of Terry Effeneys’ great passions which was to support the next generation. This annual award (providing a stipend of up to $20,000) will allow successful applicants (API Bursary Holders) to undertake a project or program of study in the Energy Sector either domestically or internationally to further their professional career development.  More information about the TJ Effeney Scholarship can be found on our website.

  • Undergraduate Student Conference Scholarships; the API supports undergraduate students to connect with industry professionals and access the most recent technical knowledge through scholarships to attend industry conferences such as the annual AUPEC, EECON and ENA conferences.