Internship program

Internships enable university students to apply their skills and knowledge in a professional capacity through work-based projects in public sector agencies.

Agencies can provide university undergraduate and postgraduate students with opportunities through the:

Both programs connect agencies with skilled, knowledgeable and enthusiastic thinkers for specific projects whilst providing university students the opportunity to learn more about the public sector while receiving academic unit credit.

Public Sector Internship Program

The PSIP provides an opportunity for eligible students from all universities in WA to apply to undertake a workplace project within a public sector agency.

Through the Internship board, public sector agencies can advertise their project and eligible university students apply for an internship.

The program is for undergraduate and postgraduate students including those completing doctorates.

Key facts for agencies

While agencies may place internship opportunities on the internships board (part of at any time during the year, it is best to align these opportunities with university semester dates.


Semester dates

Suggested posting deadline on internships board

Semester 1

Commences 24 February 2020

Mid-January 2020


Mid July 2020

Early-June 2020

Semester 2

Commences 27 July 2020

Early June 2020


Mid November 2020

Early October 2020

*Winter and summer are designed as intensive units.

Step 1: Identify a work-based project. Use the internship project template to define the project scope, internship period and deliverables in preparation for placing the opportunity on the internships board. Projects should help agencies to meet their strategic outcomes and, where possible, align with the priorities of government. This should be completed at least six weeks before semester begins.

Step 2: Place details of the project on the internships board. This should be done two to six weeks before semester begins.

Step 3: Select an intern to complete the project. This can be done any time before semester beginsInternships typically take place during a 15-week semester but this can be negotiated.

The program guidelines provide detailed information for agencies.

Information for students interested in applying

Students must seek approval from their university unit coordinator before considering an internship. 

All internships are advertised on the internships jobs board and students apply directly to the agency. The university unit coordinator receives an automated email once a student has submitted their application requesting approval of the application. Approval must be given before the agency is able to consider the application.

The program guidelines provide detailed information for students and universities.

For more information, please contact us

McCusker Centre for Citizenship

The McCusker Centre internship program supports UWA students to undertake internships to foster caring, connected and socially-engaged citizens who actively contribute to the wellbeing of their communities.

For further information, please contact the Centre directly by emailing or visiting the website


Page last updated 14 January 2020