What is an internship?
Internships Down Under offers voluntary internships in various fields across Australia.
An internship in Australia provides practical training and experience in your chosen field within an English-speaking environment. The skills and experience gained will be a valuable asset to your future career and give you a competitive edge in the workforce. It offers an opportunity to develop your skills in an Australian business setting. Whether mandated by your university or pursued voluntarily, it’s an excellent chance to gain further knowledge, experience, and insight in a supportive environment.
Where in Australia can I complete my internship??
What industries are available?
Will I be employed by the company at the end of the internship?
The internships we facilitate do not come with a guaranteed job offer from the host company, as they are designed for temporary training experiences. However, it’s worth noting that some interns have been offered employment upon completion of their internship separately from our service.
Are there any age requirements?
While IDU does not impose any age restrictions, it’s important to be aware that certain visas may have age limitations, typically ranging from 18 to 35 years old.
Are the internships paid?
Although some companies may offer a small stipend, such as covering weekly transport costs or accommodation, all our internships are voluntary and unpaid. The focus is on providing skill advancement and training that benefits you, rather than on tasks like photocopying and making coffee.
What are your fees?
Will there be any additional fees I need to consider?
What English level is required?
Applicants should have a strong command of English. Participants need to be able to pass an interview with the host company, as well as understand the work integrated training instructions provided throughout the placement. If you need to enhance your language skills or confidence, we can assist in arranging a language course. Proficient spoken English is essential for the internship experience.
Do I need to be enrolled in University?
In short, no. All applicants should fit into one of the following categories:
- School Leavers: Those who have recently completed schooling and wish to gain insight and basic training in a specific field before committing to a career path.
- Enrolled Students: Students who are required to complete an internship as part of their university curriculum. Requirements may vary between educational institutions.
- Graduates: Individuals who have recently completed a tertiary qualification in their requested field.
- Voluntary: Those who choose to complete an internship that is not a mandatory requirement for graduation.
All placements offer interns essential training and guidance to ensure a valuable link to their future career goals. The focus of the placement is on learning and skill development, not to create an employment relationship.
What Visa do I need?
There are a number of eligible visa types. Part time internships may be able to be completed on a student visa, while internships of a shorter duration may be able to be completed on a Tourist Visa. The majority of our applicants complete the internship on either the Working Holiday Visa 417 or 462.
When does the internship start and how long does it go for?
The start date, duration, and weekly hours of the internship are chosen by you, the intern. The minimum duration is 6 weeks (industry specific), while the maximum with one company is 26 weeks. Interns typically request full-time placements, but part-time options can also be arranged to meet specific requirements. We do not have fixed start dates; interns can commence their internship on almost any Monday throughout the year.
Can I earn course credit?
Yes, we can arrange for the internship to contribute towards your course. You will need to provide us with all the necessary requirements specified by your university.
Do I need Insurance
Insurance is mandatory. If you’re traveling from overseas, your insurance must cover medical, travel, accident, and personal liability expenses up to AUD $2 million. Local applicants must be covered for personal liability expenses up to AUD $2 million. Further information can be found here.
Does IDU monitor me during the internship?
All interns are required to complete a monthly training monitor, provided by Internships Down Under, to ensure that the internship is meeting the pre-set training requirements. Additionally, all companies are required to complete a monthly training monitor.
I'm ready to apply, how can I proceed?
We look forward to assisting you. The first step is to complete the inquiry form. We will then respond with our fees and next steps. You can also view our placement procedure for further information.