It is now more important than ever that graduates are able to show prospective employers that they are able to operate in a professional environment. An internship demonstrates a graduate's ability to apply classroom theories to the workplace and to develop essential, transferable skills such as communication, teamwork and problem-solving.
An internship also gives students a clearer career direction through gaining a taste of their potential career. Start planning your career early and enhance your chances of gaining a graduate position upon completion of your degree.
One great tool to use to better understand your rights as an intern along with what to expect from an internship is Interns Australia.
Vocational internships for academic credit
Macquarie's PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) Program is dedicated to providing opportunities for students across all disciplines to engage with the community through a range of workplace activities.
A number of Masters degrees also offer internships to students as part of their study program, including:
Faculty of Arts
- Master of International Communication
- Master of International Relations
- Master of Politics and Public Policy
- Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism
- Master of International Security Studies
- Master of Policy and Applied Social Research
Faculty of Business and Economics
Faculty of Science
- Master of Information Technology Consulting
- Master of Biotechnology with the Master of Commerce
Search for paid internship opportunities through:
- our online job board CareerHub
- Job websites
- Graduate Opportunities Website
- ACS Foundation Scholarship
- Student Internships Website
- Visit us at 18 Wally's Walk, Level 2 and pick up a copy of the Undergraduate Opportunities book
- Directly contacting employers in your field of interest
- Use your network and employer presentations here on campus (see events section on CareerHub)
Search for unpaid internship opportunities on our online job board CareerHub and other job websites as listed above.
Please be aware that according to the Fair Work Ombudsman unpaid internships should only be with a voluntary or Not for Profit organisation or be of observatory nature within a business environment. If you are required to perform productive activities within a business, you would be considered an employee and be entitled to be paid as such.