Internships are a great opportunity to provide students with hands-on experience in their area of study. They can be paid or unpaid depending on the industry and the length of placement.
Employers looking to engage with international students as part of an internship can do so, as long as students abide by the conditions of their student visa (subclass 500).
Many institutions have internship programs, so check with your local education provider. There are also private recruitment and internship placement firms that help international students find internships.
Employers can offer unpaid internships if the placement is a formal part of the student’s course or training program, such as a Professional Year Program or a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course.
Students should not be engaged to perform ‘productive’ work that would otherwise be done by a paid employee. The main beneficiary should be the person undertaking the placement, rather than the employer.
Most universities and other education providers run mentoring programs for both local and international students. Contact the careers and employment office at your local education provider or university.
International students are eligible to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during study periods, and unlimited hours during study breaks (as per the conditions of their student visa).
This not only supports their living expenses while in Australia, but provides them with valuable opportunities to enhance their English, gain experience in the workplace and become more involved with the local community.
Recent international graduates can apply for post-study work arrangements with the Temporary Graduate Visa (subclass 485) scheme. Graduates can gain valuable experience and showcase their skills in the Australian workplace for 2–4 years, depending on their highest educational qualification:
There are no costs for employers when recruiting applicants who hold these visas.
The material contained on this website has been developed by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) with the support of Australian Government’s Enabling Growth and Innovation program. The views and opinions expressed in the materials do not necessarily reflect the views of or have the endorsement of the Australian Government or of any Minister, or indicate the Australian Government’s commitment to a particular course of action.