Building your future

Undertaking an internship invests in your future by investing in yourself.

The most enriching and career-enhancing experiences are gained on the job. Internships also to give you the best opportunities and environment for your career development. Aside from business skills, you will develop strong skills in building relationships, negotiation and influencing.

Internship News Room Stories

Read about our students recent experience during their ShineWing internship.

Bachelor of Commerce students, Yan Liu and Emma Swannie recently completed internships over summer, the latter in Melbourne, and Liu in Shanghai. They share what it was like to get a taste of the working world.

Anne Lao, Master of Management (Accounting) student, has returned from a Summer internship at EY in Singapore, clearer than ever before about pursuing auditing as a career. She shares her Southeast Asian experience here.

Working globally and locally

Internships can offer you the opportunity to work globally and locally on both a short and long-term basis. Internships offer you the opportunity to connect with people from around the world and challenge yourself on exciting assignments.

It will help you cultivate an inclusive mindset and succeed in an accelerating global market. Undertaking an internship will be of benefit to yourself and others - adding to your career and your life — enhancing your leadership, communication and teamwork capabilities.

What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity to practice and develop professional skills under supervision in the workplace. An internship may take place during vacation periods – in which case it may be referred to as a Vacation Program – or on a part-time basis at any time of the year. An internship is for a fixed period of time.

Internships are generally paid. Under the Fair Work Act, an internship needs to be paid unless it is:

  • With a not-for-profit organisation,
  • A ‘vocational placement’ as defined in the Fair Work Act (2009) as a required and / or assessable part of your course.
    With paid internships, the employer would normally provide insurance cover.

The University will only provide insurance cover if the internship is an assessable part of your course, as with an internship subject.

How do I find out about internship opportunities?

Employers advertise in various ways throughout the year, so you need to check a range of sources:

  • Careers Online, most employers advertise through the University’s jobs board. A good source to consult at any time of year.
  • Read your MBS and BCom Newsletters that are emailed directly to you on weekly basis
  • Major job sites – examples include SEEK, MyCareer and CareerOne
  • Organisation websites – many organisations do not advertise more generally, but simply list internship programs on their websites

Remember to visit the Melbourne Careers Centre for more career advice.

Who is this for?

All students


If you have any further questions about this program please contact us.

Hayley Wolfert & Tracey Skordos
Consultants, Student Employability and Enrichment