University students and graduates

Internship program for university students

The ‘Public sector internship program' provides university students with practical work-based training opportunities, through the completion of a project within a public sector organisation.

Public sector agencies are invited to submit a project proposal, suitable for an undergraduate or postgraduate student. University students enrolled in a participating unit of study are then invited to apply to undertake one of the available internship opportunities. Agencies that are successful in securing an intern will provide the intern with a workplace supervisor, and the workplace resources required to complete the internship project.

Work undertaken by interns is on an unpaid basis, typically one day per week, and may include working on a research project, policy or guidelines review, critical analysis of issues, and/or drafting strategy options.

At the successful completion of the internship project, interns will have acquired invaluable work-based experience and earned credit towards their degree, while agencies will have had an opportunity to access a free resource that is skilled, qualified and enthusiastic.

University students who are interested can now view and apply for current internship opportunities on the Internships jobs search page.

For more information on the internship program, please email

Graduate programs

The public sector is a great place to explore your career aspirations, offering a vast diversity of work to apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge. Many agencies run graduate programs with on-the-job structured training and development. While selection criteria and program structure varies between agencies, graduate programs typically are:

  • open to Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • advertised in April/May for starting the following calendar year
  • open to students completing their qualifications in the year of application, or have completed their qualifications in the last two years
  • 12-month fixed term contracts with possibility of permanency pending performance reviews.

All public sector jobs including graduate program positions are advertised here on the JobsBoard. You can create a ‘Search Profile’ to receive emails that notify you of advertised vacancies according to your customised criteria (e.g. ‘graduate’). Follow the tips for using the search function to customise your account. The job advertisement details the program structure and desired graduate disciplines.

If you are interested in working at a particular agency you can customise your search function to receive notifications whenever that agency publishes vacant positions. Alternatively, go directly to that agency’s website as most agencies have a graduate page or a ‘work with us’ section.

Department of Health

Recruitment dates

Applications open Monday, 29th July 2019 and close Monday, 26th August 2019 for all Program Streams

Office location of positions

Perth CBD and Rural/Regional WA

Places available

  • 9x General Corporate
  • 9x Finance and Business
  • 2x ICT
  • 4x Data Analysis

Program duration

The Program runs for 12 Months commencing in January every year with the 2020 program commencing on the 20th of January 2020.

Appointment type

12 month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension or permanency subject to work performance and the availability of positions.

Selection criteria

The WA Department of Health provides safe, high-quality health care to nearly 2.4 million Western Australians across almost 2.5 million square kilometres. We employ over 40,000 dedicated staff in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of the State to attend to the health needs of our growing population.

We are looking for innovative thinkers and self-motivated high achievers. Our graduates are clear communicators, able to work in a team, show aptitude, dedication and a commitment to learn and sharpen their skills. They are prepared to step up and be WA Health’s leaders of the future.

You will need to have graduated in 2018 or be eligible for graduation by the end of 2019.

Program structure

Over the course of 12 months, you will participate in three rotational placements across the health system giving a unique insight into corporate, policy and operational areas including health system reform, strategic planning, research, analysis and evaluation, project management, program development, public health/health promotion, and workforce and business planning.

Depending on the Graduate Stream that you are employed within, these placements can be tailored to your interests and strengths. Choose your own adventure!

For more information about the types of projects you might undertake, have a read of our Graduate Focus 2018 edition (PDF 14.3MB).

Graduate Program URL

Agency website

Public Sector Commission

Graduate Analyst

Recruitment dates

Applications are open from Friday 23 August 2019, until 4.00pm Monday 23 September 2019.
Late applications will not be accepted.

How to apply

Apply for the position here.


The Graduate Analyst role offers an amazing start to your career in the public sector. The benefits include a base salary of $69,896 plus 9.5% superannuation and the opportunity to:
  • work in a central government agency
  • contribute to policy and government decision making
  • contribute to innovative projects that have sector-wide impact
  • develop and apply your data analytics skills
  • access networking opportunities with skilled and diverse professionals
  • access flexible working and leave arrangements
  • access health, wellness and support programs and corporate health fund discounts
  • access professional development, including leadership development opportunities to position you as a future leader
  • have transferability of leave entitlements between public sector agencies giving you career flexibility.


To apply for this role, you must be:
  • completing a three year or postgraduate degree in 2019, or completed in 2018 or 2017
  • studying/studied in a discipline which provided you with data and/or business analytical skills, including but not limited to, data science, statistics, science, or similar
  • an academic achiever, with consistently high results 
  • an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.
Note: Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia are responsible for ensuring these are assessed by the Overseas Qualification Unit, Department of Training and Workforce Development.

Selection process

  1. Initial shortlisting of applications. 
  2. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a series of recruitment activities that may include a structured interview, work-related activity and presentation.
Note: This selection process is planned for late October 2019.
You will need to demonstrate the following requirements:
  • experience in using data analytics software (including but not limited to Microsoft Excel and SPSS)
  • well-developed research and analytical skills
  • ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • initiative and problem-solving skills
  • well-developed communication skills (written, oral and interpersonal)
  • ability to work as a member of a team.
Referee checks will be conducted as part of our selection process. 
The successful applicant must provide us with a National Police Certificate. 

Want to know more?

Ravi Kahagalla
Human Resources Manager, Public Sector Commission
Telephone: (08) 6552 8548 


Recruitment dates

Applications will open in July 2019

Office location of positions

Midland, WA

Places available

4-6 positions

Program duration

Our program commences in February 2020 and will run for 12 months

Appointment type

Fixed term, full time or part time

About Landgate

From our earliest beginnings when Western Australia’s first Surveyor General began to map the length and breadth of our great State, exploration has been part of our DNA. In today’s world, this means keeping innovation at our core. That’s why Landgate was named the most innovative government agency in 2018, and the 19th most innovative business overall, by the Australian Financial Review.

We’re also all about our people and believe that by actively living our values, every member of the Landgate team contributes to making a bold, dynamic and visionary Landgate.

To learn more about what life as a Landgate Graduate is really like, check out our website or our GradAustralia profile.

Selection criteria

If you are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident completing a university degree in 2019, or have a recently completed degree from 2018, you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Program. In support of our equity and diversity objectives you must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and/or aged under 25 to apply for our program.

Due to the diversity of our business, graduates from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

To be successful as a Landgate Graduate, you will:

  • Enjoy working with others and being a team player
  • Be a creative, innovative thinker
  • Have great problem-solving skills
  • Be able to organise yourself to meet deadlines
  • Have a positive and enthusiastic attitude

Our values are also vitally important to how we do our business - you will need to be able to demonstrate you are the right cultural fit for our business.

Program structure

Landgate’s Graduate Program is a structured 12-month program commencing in February 2020. By joining a public sector agency renowned for its innovative practices, you will gain practical knowledge and experience across a variety of business areas, laying the foundation for a successful career in the public sector.

Successful graduates will work on a range of projects across the business which make use of your individual qualifications, skills, experience and interests. Additionally, you will work with people who value collaboration, flexibility and innovation.

During the program you will be supported by an experienced mentor in the business, participate in a tailored professional development program (both on and off the job), build networks with current and past graduates from within Landgate and across the public sector, and have access to our extensive wellbeing program.

Graduate program URL

Agency website

GradAustralia profile