An internship is essentially a job that helps a student transition from study to work. It is an incredibly powerful way for students and graduates to apply their learning and gain an understanding of what is needed in the working world. Internships allow students and graduates to further develop their skills and provide valuable experience that will assist in gaining meaningful employment in their field of study. Especially if you are new to Australia and are looking for a job, an internship can provide you with local, relevant experience that can help you differentiate yourself from other applicants.
Internships are the best way to expose you to Australian workplaces and workplace culture. University gives you skills and knowledge but does not allow you to apply your learning in a real-life situation. Internships give you practical experience and can often lead to secure employment.
The reality is that most businesses want to hire people who already have some sort of professional experience, so the challenge for all graduates is getting that first opportunity. Internships are the perfect way to gain that first crucial stint in your profession that will improve your employability dramatically. We have worked with a high number of interns who have secured full-time positions with their internship host company.
Unpaid internships are legal in Australia only if they are part of a vocational placement as defined by the Fair Work Act 2009. Please see the Fair Work Australia website for more information on the rules around work experience and internships.
Anyone can apply for a paid internship – young or old, student or graduate, local or international.
Only those that are part of a vocational program, as defined by the Fair Work Act 2009, can apply for an unpaid internship.
Also, you must have a valid visa of more than 6 months before starting the Outcome.Life internship program, as our online course and workshops can take between 6-8 weeks to complete and the internship itself is usually 12 weeks.
Internships usually run for 3 months (12 weeks), but do vary. Internships can be as little as 1 to 2 months or as long as 6 months. 6-month internships are usually paid internships.
Internships may have an hourly component as well as a time period component, depending on the vocational course. Some may require a minimum of 240 hours, which is usually 3 days per week x 8 hours per day (approx. 24 hours per week). This allows 4 days for interns to continue studying and plenty of time to achieve your program objectives.
There are three simple requirements to get started into our Internship Program:
Choose the type of internship you would like to do.
Check that your visa is valid valid for more than 6 months.
Booking the initial meeting with one of our Placement Consultants. You just have to bring 2 copies of your CV to the meeting.
Register on our Internship Platform
If you have any questions call us on 03 8899 7424 or drop into our co-working space Outcome.Hub at 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000. We are here to help you transition from study to meaningful employment.
Nationally, over 50% of interns receive permanent employment offers at their host company after completing their internship and approximately 90% of interns begin working within their field of study within 6 months. However, we cannot guarantee that our interns will be offered an ongoing role. You can dramatically improve your chances of receiving a job offer at the end of your internship by learning as much as you can about the business and industry, working hard, networking and continuing to develop your knowledge and skills throughout your time with your host company.
We facilitate internship placements for people who have recently moved to Australia with the intention that the internship turns into ongoing employment. We believe that doing an internship can dramatically increase the chances of getting a real paid job as it can differentiate the intern in a competitive graduate market. We have helped over 2,800 international students start their careers through an internship.
If you are planning to do an internship for credit points, you will require official university documents outlining the course credit requirements. Once you have the documents, we arrange an appointment with one of our Placement Consultants, who will discuss the internship program with you in more details. They will also highlight the internship opportunities we currently have available in your field of study.
University courses provide you with a range of knowledge and skills you will need to excel in your future career, however, they often lack real-world experience and training in a work environment. We encourage students to undertake an internship towards the end of their studies so that they can gain experience in a workplace, apply their knowledge to real-life situations and develop an understanding of Australian workplace culture prior to actually entering the workforce. Internships and work experience can be valuable tools to differentiate yourself from other students when it comes time to apply for full-time employment following your graduation, as employers often look to hire applicants with previous experience in their chosen field.
To undertake an internship in Australia, you must be enrolled in an approved course. Our fees do vary depending on whether you are currently completing an approved course with a University/Registered Training Provider, or whether you will be required to enrol in our Work Readiness Program.
If you are interested in getting more information about our Internship Program, please contact us on (03) 8899 7424, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, or just drop into our office to chat with us at 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne 3000.