Internship Frequently Asked Questions

Refer to our FAQ below, and if you still have a question, reach out to our team

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.

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.

InternMatch offers a range of support system prior to and during your internship. When you become a part of the community, you will gain access to the following additional services:

  • Coaching on the best type of internship for you
  • Access to our network of start-ups
  • Support to make sure your objectives are being met
  • Interview preparation assistance and tips
  • Connection to our community of professionals, employers, businesses and alumni
  • Discounts to events, seminars and lunches with inspirational guest speakers
  • Training on particular programming languages or accounting software
  • Assistance with getting a job at the end of your internship

Anyone can apply for the InternMatch Work Readiness + 12-Week Internship Program – student or graduate, young or old, local or international.

If you are international, you must have a valid visa with a minimum of 6 months remaining. You must also ensure that your Visa conditions allow you to participate in the program.

The majority of the internships that our Host Companies offer are unpaid.

Unpaid internships are legal in Australia if they are part of a vocational placement as defined by the Fair Work Act 2009, which is why we started the Work Readiness Program. Any unpaid internships or voluntary work that is not for a registered organisation is illegal and can result in legal action.

Please see the Fair Work Australia website for more information on the rules around work experience and internships.

Nationally, over 65% of interns receive full time employment within the first 4 months after completing their internship in the industry of their choice.

90% of interns begin working within their field of study within 6 months.

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 10,000 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. It is best to speak to your course advisor or the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at your university beforehand, as each university has different requirements for internship subjects.

Once you have the documents, book in for an appointment with one of our Placement Consultants, who will discuss the internship program with you in more detail. They will also highlight the internship opportunities we currently have available in your field of study.

While our Work Readiness Program is a training course, we would recommend that you speak with your lawyer or migration agent about any Visa restrictions before you enrol in our program.

  • 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. With us, however,  as part of our Work Readiness Program, the internships are a set 12 weeks.

There are three simple requirements to get started into our Internship Program:

    1. Make sure you have attended one of our free Work Readiness Program Webinars which covers all details about our program
    2. Check that your visa is valid for more than 6 months.
    3. Familiarise yourself with our FAQs 
    4. Decide if this is a program is right for you
    5. Book in for an Enrolment session

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, arrange an Enrolment session to discuss the internship program further.

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.

If you are interested in getting more information about our Internship Program, please contact us on (03) 9917 8195, or email us on

We give you choice in which host company you would like to intern with. Unlike other providers who will pick the company for you without you having any choice in the matter. We will provide you with options and it is up to you which choice you feel is best for you. You can also provide us with companies you wish to intern with and we will reach out to them on your behalf, but this is not a requirement as we will seek the companies out on your behalf anyway.

Yes you are covered by accident and public liability insurance 

The only discount we offer is our set upfront payment.  The pay in full option is $200 less than a payment plan. We do not offer any other discounts.

You fall under the Information Technology category, even though you have an engineer in the title this cost will be under the general pricing.

University costs around $4,000 per subject where you don’t get any real-life work experience. This is a fraction of that price and you will get 12 weeks of real-life hands-on experience in an Australian Work Environment. If you can walk out at the end of your internship more employable or even employed by your host company it was an investment.

You can choose to come to Australia or we can arrange for you to do a remote internship whilst in your home country. You will need to have your Visa approved prior to signing up to our program however. Best to arrange this first then reach out to us after.

We take care of the Work Readiness Program only. You will need to arrange your own Visa and your own accommodation etc.

We offer a discount if you are wanting to sign up and pay upfront. Our payment plan is a higher cost, as there is more administration required on checking the fortnightly payments are coming through.

  • This is only a small course which is Australian Government Accredited and also is a requirement. In Australia regardless if you are on a Visa, a Citizen, or an Australian Resident you need to have an accredited unit of study to be Fair Work Australia Compliant. It is illegal to intern in Australia without being supported by a Registered Training Organization (RTO). This course simply provides you with the certification to legally intern in Australia. 
  • The course itself is very small and will have a simulated work environment in which you will be required to read, answer questions and do a case study. This can be completed in a matter of hours. Once completed you are then able to legally commence your internship. 

We pride ourselves on our support and make sure that every intern gets attended to throughout the program. We do only allow a number of interns into our program at any given time. If we do not have any positions available you will need to wait for another intern to finish the program before another position becomes available. Please reach out to us when you are ready and we will check the availability.

An internship is for students/graduates that have enough knowledge and are ready to turn their knowledge into real-life experience. An internship is not to teach you something you do not already have knowledge of. An internship is to give you the opportunity to sharpen your skills that you may only have small hands-on knowledge and/or more theory-based knowledge so that you can put it into practice.

That is fine, we cater for all. We have a number of people who have had a break in their career and may wish to join an internship program to gain more confidence prior to getting back out into the workforce. We also have people who may of finished their studies a long time ago and are only just revisiting this possibility

The larger companies are not always the best option for an internship, as you are more likely to have more mundane tasks and less exposure and flexibility to learn more variation. We believe that by starting your internship within a small to medium sized company gives you a lot more opportunity to learn more and  have more exposure in different areas. This also means you will have direct access to the decision maker within the company where you will be able to have more influence and potentially be able to land a great job as an end result of the internship. 

Often in the larger companies, you may be working alongside a Manager who is further down the reporting line, and therefore make the decisions in the company therefore you will have less opportunity to make an influence.

We strongly advise against this as you need to be careful, there are laws and regulations in Australia which does not encourage this due to it being illegal to intern in Australia without going through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). We have an RTO as a part of our company which means you will be abiding by the government’s rules and you will be Fair Work Australia compliant. If you go and seek your own internship without this, it can lead to heavy fines and also if you are here on a VISA it can lead to being deported.

We do not provide any Visa advice and always recommend reaching out to your Visa consultant if you are unsure about anything. What we can say however is that, an unpaid internship will be classed as study so if you have study rights then it should not be an issue. You will need to confirm how many hours a week you are allowed to study and what the duration is and make sure you are following those guidelines.

The course is a simulated work environment that includes a case study, short answer questions, and tasks required to do during your actual internship. This course is a Government requirement in order to legally intern in Australia you need to do your internship through a registered training organization. This course will provide you with certification so that you are Fair Work Australia compliant and also provide you with accident and public liability insurance. The course only takes a matter of hours. 

We offer internships and remote internships all over the world.

Get started by joining our free webinar

It will cover everything you need to know and answer all your question, then you’ll be ready to join the program

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