Top 10 internship programs

top 10 internship programs

Extraordinary internships

Learn on the job in an empowering environment with one of Australia’s top 10 internship programs.

By Fran Molloy

Atlassian

The paid 12-week summer internship is for Australian students in their second-last year. Aimed at software developers, IT and infrastructure, site reliability engineers and product managers.

Visit: goo.gl/Zwk99S

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC)

Each year AWC offers 10 conservation biology graduate internships of 4–6 months. A small stipend and travel allowance is paid and interns are mentored by a team of experienced ecologists. Students should have a Bachelors degree with Honours in ecology or conservation.

Visit: goo.gl/Ew3RBo

CISCO

CISCO offers paid full-time intern placements across a range of jobs, usually running from July–January, for current undergraduate students in fields ranging from IT and business to marketing and engineering.

Visit: goo.gl/l7CyaG

Ernst & Young (EY)

EY is an accounting/business advisory firm offering a range of research and development vacation intern programs in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. Entry is highly competitive and open to students in a range of degrees including STEM.

Visit: goo.gl/ZpnAO2

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Postgraduate students with a first degree in health or medical sciences are eligible for the three-month unpaid NHMRC internship program in either Canberra or Melbourne.

Visit: goo.gl/cpaC6q

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Protiviti

Protiviti is a multinational risk advisory and audit firm that places interns in their second-last year in a winter holiday program in its offices in Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Students in computing, business, finance and economics are prioritised.

Visit: goo.gl/EfBV2N

Reef HQ Aquarium Curatorial/Research

Students with a Bachelors degree in marine biology or a three-year science degree are eligible for this unpaid six-month full-time role at the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium in Townsville.

Visit: goo.gl/5hsQwZ

Renewable Energy

This unpaid research intern role at the Clean Energy Council involves research for one day a week over two months in the Melbourne CBD.

Visit: goo.gl/7OaZ8z

Sydney Water

Industry experience trainees sign up for one year, with paid work 2–3 days per week, and the program is open to students enrolled in computer science, electrical/computer engineering, IT or a similar field.

Visit: goo.gl/WDCjuh

Unilever

This multinational consumer goods producer offers internships from 12 weeks to one year, with the summer leadership internship applications opening in July.

Visit: goo.gl/GFYz4n

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