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- Consider being an intern for hands-on work experience
- Live projects - opportunities for students
- How to find an internship placement
Internships are temporary work placements. They are a great way to improve your employment opportunities because they help you develop skills that aren't taught in the classroom. Some organisatios offer unpaid internships. Take care to understand the detail before you take up an internship so that you are clear about the terms of the engagement.
The LIVE program and internships
The Intern component of LIVE focuses on enhancing your employability skills and giving you local experience.
While you are interning you have the chance to establish business networks, gain valuable references and learn what's important in Victorian workplaces.
LIVE shows you how to improve resume and cover letters, apply for jobs and understand industry-specific English. You'll also learn how to connect to internships and volunteer roles.
Live Projects offers a three-week program for international students. During the program, student teams act as ‘business consultants’ to work on a real business problem while being supported through a structured program by external mentors.
The business projects are provided by government agencies, business and community organisations, who act as ‘Project Clients’.
Benefits to students
Students in the program work in a supportive environment with clear expectations.
While being supported, you are actively involved in creating a framework and delivering outcomes for your project. You’ll learn to work collaboratively and drive real business outcomes. In this way, the program builds confidence and skills to improve employability.
A mentor provides guidance, feedback and insights during the project. All our mentors in the program are experts in their field and currently active in their industry
This is a great way to gain practical employability skills, build networks and increase job-readiness.
It’s also an opportunity to showcase what you can do for future prospective employers.
A range of real projects
Projects in the program will cover a range of opportunities, including market research, product positioning, process improvement, social media strategy and competitor analysis.
How to get involved
If you are an international student and you want to be involved, your university or TAFE will offer a tailor-made program. Register your interest by emailing Intersective at firstname.lastname@example.org
As projects are finalised, you'll see more information appearing at your university or TAFE and we'll update this page regularly as well.
What to consider
When deciding whether to be an intern, understand what your rights are. Ask what the role involves. The purpose of work experience or internship to give you work experience. If it seems like the role involves you doing work to help with the ordinary operation of the business, then it may actually be a job, which means you'd have a right to employee entitlements.
Read more on the Work experience and internships page on the Fairwork website.
Check if your visa permits you to intern
There are several student and work visas that allow international students to intern in Australia.
Different conditions may apply, including:
- how many hours a day/week you can intern
- whether you can earn money as an intern.
Read more on the Student visa conditions page on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
How to find an internship placement
Your university or college may have an internship program. If they do, that's a great place to start because they understand your industry.
Some private recruitment and internship placement firms help international students find internships.
Private recruitment firms often charge a fee to arrange internships. If you decide to use a private firm check if they charge fees.