Victorian Chamber Internship Program
The Victorian Chamber recognise the value that higher education contributes to the Victorian economy by building a highly skilled, adaptive and productive workforce.
We have had feedback from universities, members and recruitment firms which highlights the need for more work experience opportunities. Employers are demanding more work ready graduates and universities are seeking to facilitate these experiences for students.
To help graduates gain the employability skills required by business, we have established the Victorian Chamber internship program.
Key features of the program
The program is designed to encourage and support industry involvement in taking on a university intern.
To encourage industry involvement, Victorian Chamber will provide participating member organisations with a placement contribution of up to $3000 to help support the cost of the student internships.
We will be placing 100 student interns on an annual basis, five of which will be employed by Victorian Chamber to demonstrate our commitment to the program.
Participating members are required to identify a suitable project which provides benefits to their business as well as providing the student intern with a meaningful employment experience and the opportunity to develop new skills.
The program will meet all workplace employment requirements including payment for work undertaken. Student interns will be engaged directly by members of Victorian Chamber. The terms of engagement of a student intern may vary from business to business, however student interns are required to undertake up to 120 hours of paid employment (full time or pro-rata part time). The maximum term of a project is eight weeks.
Members may also decide to continue an employment relationship with a student intern external to the Victorian Chamber internship program.
There are many benefits for businesses and students who participate in internships, however there are also a number of questions and steps to consider to ensure everyone has a positive experience. When managed successfully, the process of taking on a student intern can add value to your business, and can be a powerful marketing and future recruitment tool.
- To understand how the process works, view our Internship Process Map: PDF Internship Project Phases for Employers
- Read how Goulburn River Valley Tourism benefited from hosting an intern.
To find out more about engaging a student intern please forward your enquiry to: email@example.com.
We are working with our member businesses to support paid student internship opportunities for domestic university students throughout Victoria. Your university is also working with us to help facilitate these opportunities.
Interested in pursuing a student internship placement?
Read how business student Georgia Odgers gained a head-start in her career with her internship with Goulburn River Valley Tourism.
The Victorian Chamber internship program will provide domestic university students with the foundation to build valuable workplace skills. It will also complement university outcomes in giving students a holistic study experience.
In the longer term, internships can also open doors and dialogue between universities and businesses for sharing resources and innovation.
For further information or to register your interest please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.