Degree-related work experience can help you to practice and develop professional skills under supervision in the workplace.
An internship is an opportunity to practice and develop professional skills under supervision in the workplace. Internships are for fixed periods of time and may be referred to as vacation programs.
Internships are generally paid. Under the Fair Work Act, an internship needs to be paid unless it is:
- With a not-for-profit organisation
- A ‘vocational placement’ as defined in the Fair Work Act (2009) as a required and / or assessable part of your course (as with an internship subject)
With paid internships, the employer would normally provide insurance cover. The University will only provide insurance cover if the internship is an assessable part of your course.
How do I find out about internship opportunities?
Employers advertise in various ways throughout the year, so you need to check a range of sources:
- Careers Online the University’s jobs board
- Online job search sites, e.g. SEEK, Adzuna and CareerOne
- Organisation websites
- Make Your Experience Matter fair run by the University in August
- GoinGlobal website for overseas internships
- Australia's Top Intern Programs as voted by participants
You may also consider approaching an employer directly. Make an appointment with a Careers Consultant if you would like to discuss strategies for approaching employers.
Some courses offer internship subjects where a substantial industry placement is part of the subject requirements.
The following are some examples of internship subjects available at the University. These are in addition to placements undertaken as an integral part of a professional course such as Social Work or Teaching. Check the University's Handbook to identify all up-to-date opportunities.
- Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Community Volunteering for Change
- Industry Project in Biotechnology
- Urban Horticulture Internship (Masters)
- Urban Horticulture Internships (Associate Degree)
- International Internship in Environment
- Forest Internship Project
- Engineering - MSE subjects with an industry focus
Victorian Chamber internship program
The Victorian Chamber internship program gives you meaningful work experience in your field of study. It consists of up to 120 hours of paid work on a specific project in one of the Victorian Chamber's member businesses. The University of Melbourne is a member of the Victorian Chamber, so placements can be within the university or with external businesses.
Opportunities will be placed on Careers Online.
University or Faculty co-curricular programs and activities
These programs may provide an opportunity to gain relevant work experience. Check with your Faculty for an up-to-date list of relevant programs:
- Commerce Case Study Competitions
- Student Union, Clubs and Societies: these offer many roles which can have direct career relevance, eg promotions officer for a student society, Student Union rep
- Leaders in Communities Award: a self-paced award which provides a structure to gain recognition for your extra-curricular leadership and volunteering activities and develop your career related skills and networks.
Other work experience
Having a mentor provides insights into another person's experiences including how they adjusted to study or the professional world. A mentor's assistance can help you to get the most out of your study and to expand your knowledge of career options and strategies post-study.
Volunteering provides a opportunity for you to meet new people, gain practical experiences and develop career-related professional skills.