Internships & Projects

Register for Student Internship

Internships can take place in person or remotely. However, should the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic change, we may request organisations to transition interns to remote work, in line with relevant government guidance.

Thank you for your interest in engaging with our students.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology is committed to providing its students with the opportunity to gain valuable industry experience.

Students are required to undertake 320 minimum to 350 maximum hours over a 10-16 week period. Students may have flexibility to complete their internship over a shorter period with additional hours per week, particularly during the summer period. The government has recently made a change to the work rights attached to student visas. This change is currently temporary and is due to be reviewed in April.

As a result, international students can now work up to 40 hours per week; a change from the previous 20 hour per week restriction.

To enable us to advertise your opportunity we need to collect information about your placement.

There is no commitment to take on an intern until you have interviewed students for your position and selected a suitable candidate. However, upon selecting a candidate, we will ask you to agree to the terms of our program including the signing of our standard agreement and complying with occupational health and safety requirements.

For further information on our program, please see our Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Internship webpage.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Industry Placement Coordinators at engit-placements@unimelb.edu.au

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Organisation Details

Tip: Organisations that attract the best talent stand out by also including videos on their website often from current employees. Focus on benefits or perks you offer like what skills they will acquire working for you, flexible start and finish times or training days

Health and Safety Management for Student Internships

The Faculty of Engineering & IT's top priority is our students' wellbeing and safety. Therefore, we need to know a little more about your organisation's Occupational Health & Safety practices.

If you need help putting together an OHS policy or management system please use below links to create your OHS Management System

  1. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/ohs-essentials-program - OHS Essentials program WorkSafe Victoria's OHS Essentials is a free workplace safety consultation service, delivered by independent occupational health and safety (OHS) experts. The service is a great way to receive free, independent and personalised advice to manage safety at your workplace.
  2. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/occupational-health-and-safety-management-systems - Occupational health and safety management systems Occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMSs) help organisations to continually improve their health and safety performance.
  3. https://saiassurance.com.au/iso-45001 - ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System. The first International Standard for Occupational Health and Safety management systems has been published to address the increasing number of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths worldwide. Info on quality standard for OHS management system, this info can be used as guidance.

1.0 OHS Management System or Plan

An OHS Management System or Plan is a set of formally documented plans, actions and procedures to systematically manage health and safety in the workplace.

An OHS Management System is a certified set of plans, actions and procedures to systematically manage health and safety in the workplace. Larger organisations tend to have them; many smaller organisations don't. If you don't have one, don't worry. We are also happy to accept a copy of your OHS policy (just click no and the system will direct you accordingly).

2.0 ORGANISATION Health and Safety Policy

If you have answered no to any of these questions, please outline in the comments section any alternative processes in place to mitigate the relevant risk.

3.0 Incident Management

If you have answered no to any of these questions, please outline in the comments section any alternative processes in place to mitigate the relevant risk.

4.0 Young Worker/Student Internship

Young workers/student interns come from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. All workers are at risk of workplace injury or illness if their workplace fails to ensure equipment and systems of work are safe and without risks to health. For young workers, there are additional factors that can increase the risk of illness or injury at work. https://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/young-workers-safety-basics

If you have answered no to any of these questions, please outline in the comments section any alternative processes in place to mitigate the relevant risk.

Position Details

This will become your position advertisement. Describe your organisation, the team that the position is within, tasks and responsibilities associated with the role and the ideal qualities of the candidate you are looking to attract. Please consider other special requirements such as key professional skills, specific educational requirements, particular technical skills, requirement to work outside of normal business hours and licenses (driver's license, etc).The internship needs to offer students a more hands-on (practical) opportunity to learn from industry and provide more exposure to day to day operations/problems of an organisation. Research roles will not be considered.

Tip: The name of the role must stand out and be simple to understand – ensure it attracts them to the role

Tip: Your position description must include the position benefits - Include the history of the organisation, a description of the team and most importantly the position duties in an honest and attractive way. Most people want to know their work will be challenging and rewarding

Select when you would like the intern to undertake the position. This must align to a semester intake.

(If summer please choose year the internship will be ending in (for example a summer internship starts in November 2023 and ends in February 2024 should be 2024).


Please ensure dates meet the 320 hour requirement only (excluding holiday periods).

(Agreements for your reference only. Please do not sign: VPLA agreement for unpaid internship. PPLA agreement for paid internship.)

Please note you will be sent an invoice by the University of Melbourne

Your organisations ABN is required for if you are awarding a nominal amount of funds to the student (stipend). We will not invoice you this amount until a student is successfully placed into the position.

Please check with your accounts department to ensure the organisation name is correct.

Students are required to undertake 320-350 hours over a 10-16 week period. Students may have flexibility to complete their internship over a shorter period with additional hours per week, particularly during the summer period.

(Students can start 2 weeks before semester start date and can work 2 weeks beyond semester end date. Students must meet the 320-350 hour (10-16 week) requirements for the program. We can confirm the exact dates when a student is selected.)
Please ensure dates meet the 320-350 hours excluding holiday periods.


The start and end dates must align within the  semester dates to be counted toward internship hours (320 - 350)
Students can start 2 weeks before semester start date and can work 2 weeks beyond semester end date, if the internship is more than  10 weeks - up to 16 weeks.
If the internship is less than 10 weeks it must be completed in the semester teaching dates - (no allowances)

Targeted Students

The government has recently made a change to the work rights attached to student visas. This change is currently temporary and is due to be reviewed in April. As a result, international students can now work up to 40 hours per week; a change from the previous 20 hour per week restriction. Students may have flexibility to complete their internship over a shorter period with additional hours per week, particularly during the summer period.


If you would like to employ an international student beyond the internship period please note many international students from the University of Melbourne stay in Australia to pursue employment after graduating. Recent changes to visa guidelines mean that many international graduates are now able to work in Australia for periods between 18 months and four year upon completing their course. Individual circumstance may vary.

Application Procedure
Application Procedure

We will advertise your position and provide you with a collated list of applicants to consider. Students will be asked to provide the following documents:

  1. A resume
  2. A cover letter addressing their suitability for the position
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