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 internprogram@psc.wa.gov.au.

Graduate programs

The public sector is a great place to explore your career aspirations and apply your newly acquired skills and knowledge. Many agencies run graduate programs, which offer structured training and development. The timing and structure of graduate opportunities differs between agencies and can be advertised at any time during the year — see below for details on current agency graduate programs.

For general information about graduate employment in the public sector (not related to a specific agency's program), please email thecentre@psc.wa.gov.au. Please note that resumes or applications must not be sent to this email address.

Agency graduate programs

Department of Finance

Recruitment dates
Applications open Monday 12 June 2017 and close at 4:00pm Thursday 13 July 2017.

Office location of positions
Perth CBD and Osbourne Park

Places available
Five or more graduate positions

Program duration
The program runs for 12 months, commencing February 2018 to January 2019.

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

Selection criteria
The Department of Finance employs more than 1000 people from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to deliver a broad portfolio of responsibilities. Degree majors in accounting, architecture, arts, commerce, communications, economics, engineering, law, mathematics, project management and science are preferred, however, other degrees may be considered.

You will need to have graduated in 2016 or be eligible for graduation by the end of 2017.

You need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time you lodge your application.

Program structure

  • Rotate three times during the 12 month program.
  • Build technical skills across diverse business units.
  • Work on solving real business problems and projects.
  • Build your professional network with talented leaders.
  • Uncover your capability through challenging work and feedback from your supervisor.

Link to grad info
www.finance.wa.gov.au/graduates

Agency website
www.finance.wa.gov.au

Department of Health

Recruitment dates
Applications open Monday 30 July 2018 for the General Corporate, ICT and Data Analysis Streams

Office location of positions
Perth CBD and Rural/Regional WA

Places available

  • 9 General Corporate
  • 2 ICT
  • 2 Data Analysis

Program duration
The program runs for 12 months commencing in January every year with the 2019 program commencing on 21 January 2019.

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 2017 or be eligible for graduation by the end of 2018.

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 2017 edition (PDF 14.3MB).

Link to Grad info
http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/GraduateDevelopment
https://gradaustralia.com.au/graduate-employers/wa-department-of-health

Agency website
http://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/Home
http://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/
https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Healthy-WA/482333175154333

Department of Regional Development

In partnership with the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Department of State Development.

Anticipated recruitment dates
August

Office location of positions
East Perth and Perth CBD

Places available
6 - 10 graduates

Program duration
18 months

Appointment type
Graduates are engaged by one of the three departments on a fixed term contract. The program runs for 18 months with a provision for permanent appointment to the department following successful completion of the first 12 months of the program.

Selection criteria
The graduate program is an Equity and Diversity employment initiative and therefore we are actively looking for university graduates from any of the following diversity groups to be a part of our January 2017 intake:

  • people under 25 years of age
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal Australians and/or Torres Strait Islanders

To be eligible for the program you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • completing your first degree qualification in the current year or have completed it in the preceding calendar year.

Program structure

  • A structured 18 month program
  • A dedicated senior sponsor and mentor and the opportunity to network with skilled and diverse professionals
  • Three month rotations tailored to build your professional expertise
  • Rotation opportunities in your home and other government departments
  • Targeted and comprehensive training (both formal and on-the-job)
  • A permanent position based on successful completion of the program.

Graduate program URL

You can also contact Alyce De Biasi, Graduate Program Coordinator, on (08) 9222 3866 or graduates@dmp.wa.gov.au

Agency website

Department of State Development

In partnership with the Department of Mines and Petroleum and the Department of Regional Development.

Anticipated recruitment dates
August

Office location of positions
East Perth and Perth CBD

Places available
6 - 10 graduates

Program duration
18 months

Appointment type
Graduates are engaged by one of the three departments on a fixed term contract. The program runs for 18 months with a provision for permanent appointment to the department following successful completion of the first 12 months of the program.

Selection criteria
The graduate program is an Equity and Diversity employment initiative and therefore we are actively looking for university graduates from any of the following diversity groups to be a part of our January 2017 intake:

  • people under 25 years of age
  • people with disability
  • Aboriginal Australians and/or Torres Strait Islanders

To be eligible for the program you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • completing your first degree qualification in the current year or have completed it in the preceding calendar year.

Program structure

  • A structured 18 month program
  • A dedicated senior sponsor and mentor and the opportunity to network with skilled and diverse professionals
  • Three month rotations tailored to build your professional expertise
  • Rotation opportunities in your home and other government departments
  • Targeted and comprehensive training (both formal and on-the-job)
  • A permanent position based on successful completion of the program.

Graduate program URL

You can also contact Alyce De Biasi, Graduate Program Coordinator, on (08) 9222 3866 or graduates@dmp.wa.gov.au.

Agency website

Landgate

Recruitment dates

Applications close 19 November 2018

Office location of positions

Midland, WA

Places available

Up to 4 positions

Program duration

Our program commences in March 2019 and will run for 12 months

Appointment type

Fixed term, full time or part time

Selection criteria

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.

If you are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident completing a university degree in 2018, or have a recently completed degree from 2017, you are eligible to apply for our Graduate Program. In support of our equity and diversity objectives we are also actively seeking applications from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and/or people under 25.

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

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Have great problem-solving skills
  • Enjoy being a team player
  • Be a creative, innovative thinker
  • Organise yourself to meet deadlines

Our values are 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 program over 12 months, commencing in March 2019. Joining a public sector agency renowned for innovative practices, you will gain practical knowledge and experience across several business areas, laying the foundation for a successful career in the public sector.

Successful graduates will work on a variety 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

https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/careers/Landgate-Graduate-Program

Agency website

https://www0.landgate.wa.gov.au/