Internship program

The Public sector internship program, an initiative to provide high-calibre university students with practical on-the-job training opportunities within the sector, is open for placements throughout the year. 

The program allows students to complete a work-based project within a public sector agency and apply the knowledge and skills developed through their studies in a professional capacity. Participating university students also have the opportunity to build their professional networks and gain academic credits towards their studies.

Agencies and students interested in participating in the program should first refer to the program guidelines for more information.

How does ​it w​ork

  • Agencies identify suitable project/s and timeframes for university students.
  • Internship projects are advertised online via the internships board on JobsWA. 
  • Eligible students must first seek endorsement from their University Unit Coordinator before applying for an internship project. 
  • Agencies select an intern and assign a workplace supervisor. 

Inform​ation for agen​ci​es

There are no cut-off dates associated with the program so agencies are free to advertise internship projects throughout the year. 

The internship period may be negotiated but typically consists of a set period of hours spread across a 15 week semester. Agencies are encouraged to take into consideration the university study periods:

  • Semester 1:                March to June
  • Winter semester:       June to July
  • Semester 2:                July to November
  • Summer semester:     December to February the following year 

The following lead times should be considered if you wish to participate in preparations for semester study periods. Please note that the lead times provided below are a guide to assist in planning.

Agencies need to Estimated lead time

Identify a work-based project and write a brief overview

Agencies are encouraged to use the Public Sector Internship Project Template

Complete by 6 weeks prior to the semester start date
Advertise project on the internships board  2-6 weeks prior to the semester start date
Select an intern to complete the project Flexible. Prior to the semester start date

To advertise a placement, agencies are encouraged to use the Agency internship project template. The template is to help agencies articulate the project scope, internship period and deliverables in preparation for advertising on the Recruitment Advertising Management System (RAMS).

Information for st​udents

How to ​apply

Students will first need to consult with their University Unit Coordinator to seek their approval before considering an internship. 

Interested students can view and apply for internship projects directly with the agency via the internships jobs board on the Commission’s website. The internships jobs board provides the opportunity for students to create their own personal search profile and receive regular alerts.

Once a student submits an online application, the nominated University Unit Coordinator will receive an automated email requesting their approval of the application. This approval is required before the agency is able to consider the application. 

Internships ​job boards

The Commission’s Internships Jobs Board acts as the mechanism to match university students with internship placements across the sector. Projects are advertised and applied for online, via the board and interested university students can view, register to receive notifications and apply for current internship opportunities online.

For​ further information

Please refer to:

For more information contact the Internship program coordinator via


Page last updated 14 June 2019