Edith Dornwell Internship for Women in STEM

Recognizing that the transition from study to employment is one of the key points where women drop out of STEM, the Office for Women developed the Edith Dornwell Internship for Women in STEM.

Now complete, the internship has provided three woman fully paid employment with an organisation whose focus is on STEM.


  • Mina Asadi - Ms Asadi completed a Master of Information Technology at the University of South Australia, adding to her Bachelor of Computer Science. She undertook her internship with Santos from July to October 2015.
  • Tayesha Papa - University of Adelaide Engineering student Tayesha Papa completed her internship with BAE Systems in early 2016.
  • Shiva Rouholfada - Ms Rouholfada completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Flinders University in 2016. She undertook her placement with GHD from March to May 2017.

About Edith Dornwell

Edith Emily Dornwell was the first woman in Australia to graduate with a Science degree, the first woman to graduate from the University of Adelaide and the first person, male or female, to graduate with a science degree from the University of Adelaide in 1885 with first class honours in physics and physiology.

At her graduation the University's Chancellor Chief Justice Sir Samuel Way said:
In your distinguished undergraduate career, and in the manner in which you have taken taken that degree, you have not merely done honour to the University, but you have vindicated the right of your sex to compete, and to compete on equal terms, with other undergraduates for the honours and distinctions of the University.

Funding for the Edith Dornwell Internship has been provided by the Office of Science, Technology and Research, Department of State Development.