Internships or work experience are a great way to combine study and work, giving you valuable experience and something to achieve while you study or during semester break.
Perth offers a range of internships and work experience options in many different industries, which can provide you with a practical link between your study program and the working world.
Where can I find an internship or work experience program?
Many degrees at Perth’s universities require you to enrol in an internship, practical placement or vocational training as part of your course. You should first find out whether the course you’re studying requires you to do an internship. Universities have teams to help you find relevant internships and practical placements, so visit student administration for more information about what’s available.
If you’re course doesn’t require you to do an internship or work experience, that shouldn’t stop you from researching and finding one that works for you.
Many online job-search sites advertise internship programs, or you can visit Grad Australia to search internship programs in Perth.
If you’re in a creative industry, you might like to attend an event with Guerrilla Establishment, a not-for-profit organisation providing ongoing education, support and personal development to Perth students, graduates and industry members.
Do you get paid during work experience and internships?
Internships and work experience are both temporary work placements that are often unpaid. It’s important you understand your rights as an intern or as a volunteer on work experience.
Before you commence this sort of work, make sure you have a clear understanding of what the role involves. Internships and work experience are often unpaid working arrangements, meaning you are only expected to experience the work involved.
If you find yourself doing work that contributes to the ordinary operation of the business – then it may actually be a job – which means you should receive the same benefits as an employee, such as pay and other leave entitlements. You can find out more about your work rights as an unpaid worker here.
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