An internship is one of the most efficient ways to land a full-time role in Australia

What is an internship?

An internship is a learning activity performed in a workplace that assists students and graduates to transition from study to work. It is an incredibly powerful way for you to apply your university learning, further develop your skills and provide you with relevant, local experience that will assist you to gain meaningful employment in your field of study.

Why do an internship?

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.

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Internships can be paid or unpaid, however, most internships are unpaid.

Paid internships resemble a job, as minimum adult wage rates in Australia must be paid. However, paid internships differ from a job as they are carefully planned and monitored to ensure your learning outcomes are achieved, along with the objectives of the host company.

Unpaid internships are more common as they focus on your “hands-on” experience and learning outcomes as the primary objective, as they are completed as part of your education and count as course credit.

Are unpaid internships legal in Australia?

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.

Are scholarships available for courses that contain Unpaid Internships?

Yes. Many companies offer full or part scholarships to assist in payment of courses that contain internships.

The availability of a scholarship will be listed as part of the internship details in InternMatch.

Who can apply for an Internship?

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.

How long is an internship?

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.


How do I get started?

There are three simple steps to get started on InternMatch:

  • Browse the Internships available
  • Once you find an internship you like, register on InternMatch
  • Complete your profile register your interest in a specific internship

You can then keep an eye on your progress in the internship placement process by regularly logging into InternMatch. We will also send you notifications on your progress through each internship opportunity.

We recommend that you complete your profile and make it available for host companies to find you for internship opportunities not yet advertised on InternMatch. If you have any questions, call us on 03 8899 7424 or drop into our coworking space, Outcome-Hub, at 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne-3000.

We are here to help you transition from study to meaningful employment.