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Want a career in STEM? The Explore Data Science Academy has 100 FREE internships

I usually avoid “newsy” pieces but this one got me really excited! The Explore Data Science Academy opened a few weeks ago. It is the first data science training academy in SA. Big Data Analytics is big business globally (I once had a joke about taking a shot every time someone said big data at a press event. Thankfully I never followed through as I’d likely need a new liver by now). Big Data Analytics is a growing career option for those looking to enter the STEM world (that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths if you weren’t sure). BCX are the financial support behind this. They’ve put more than R50 million into the Academy. WOWSA!

If you’re wondering BCX are one of Africa’s leading ICT solutions and service providers.

Okay, Let’s get to those internships.


BCX committed to sponsoring 300 interns over the next 3 years at the Explore Data Science Academy. Individuals with skill and understanding of Data Science are pretty scarce locally so the academy will attempt to correct this and also include additional courses for further development of those already in the field. BCX will offer 100 free internships to successful applicants of the Academy’s one year accredited skills data science programme.

The internships are fully sponsored and the programme kicks off in January next year.

How do you apply?

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The process is extremely easy. There are no restrictions on this one. You don’t need a formal qualification. Age isn’t going to be a big factor either. You’ll need to be between the ages of 17 and 35 years old. So anyone can apply! You will have to pass an aptitude test on the Academy website though. So keep that in mind. The Academy is also open to people with no previous experience or qualifications. You’ll need to show an aptitude for Data Science but that will be enough to potentially get you in. Which is so rad.

If you want to find out more and apply visit the Explore Data Science Academy and get going. What an amazing opportunity!







  • Reply Karen Muller September 22, 2017 at 14:13

    WOW I tried out some of the questions, first few where logical and easy. But hell! Hats off to the upcoming interns!

    • Reply Sam Wright September 24, 2017 at 09:26

      I’m going to give it a go a little later today and see how I do!

  • Reply Charmaine Nyakutira October 21, 2017 at 13:03

    It’s a really exciting program, I read your post about a month ago and immediately applied. Just got news back that I aced the test. I am so excited to get started. Just wanted to say thank you for bringing it to my attention.

    • Reply Sam Wright October 24, 2017 at 17:55

      Charmaine this is the absolute best news I’ve read all week. How incredibly awesome? I wish you all the success with this and well done for acing the test!

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