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Work experience and internships

General information

There are a range of options to gain real world experience volunteering or working while studying in Melbourne or regional Victoria. Some options include:

  • Holiday and/or vacation work which is usually taken in the second to last year of study for around 12 weeks;
  • Cooperative education which is usually taken as a third or fourth year degree, consisting of full-time year of paid industry-based learning;
  • Cadetships (paid employment) is formal vocational experience combined with practical work experience;
  • Internships are supervised work with specific learning outcomes and can be paid or unpaid.

If your visa allows it and you wish to work, you may be able to find part-time work while studying. Many international students can work up to 40 hours a fortnight while studying full time and during study breaks. Income from part-time work varies according to the skills required, but students commonly earn between $100 and $350 per week for up to 20 hours work.

Study Melbourne Internship Program

The Study Melbourne Internship Program offers 150 internship opportunities for international students every year in private and public sectors.

Opportunities span a range of disciplines including (but not limited to) accounting, commerce, business, information communications technology and engineering.

For more information, please visit the Study Melbourne Internship Program website via Business Victoria.

Directories of Graduate Employers

Every year, the following directories are published which list graduate and internshop opportunities and application details. Recruitment for jobs can be up to a year ahead of the job’s commencement.

These are:

Individual company websites often list vacancies and graduate programs. Newspapers, particularly The Saturday Age and The Weekend Australian also print job advertisements.

Trade and professional journals may list job opportunities. Informal employee networks including peer groups, communities of practice or functional councils are another useful groups to participate in.

Recent graduates of a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree may be eligible to work following their studies with the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485). For more information, please visit the the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website.

Last updated: 29 Sep 2015


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