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

Public Transport Authority

Recruitment dates
Applications for the 2017 graduate program have now closed and recruitment is underway. Applications for the 2018 graduate intake will open in March 2017, to commence 26 February 2018.

Office location of positions
Public Transport Centre, Perth

Places available
To be confirmed

Program duration
Three years

Appointment type
Fixed term contract, Level 2/4

Selection criteria
The agency recruits from the fields of civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, urban planning, environmental science and accounting.

Program structure

  • Regular rotations
  • dedicated graduate coordinator
  • access to Engineers Australia PDP and CPA
  • structured soft skills training program
  • mentorship by leaders
  • regular performance feedback

Link to grad info
www.pta.wa.gov.au/careers/graduate-student-and-trainee-programs

Agency website
www.pta.wa.gov.au

Department of Mines and Petroleum

In partnership with the Department of Regional Development 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
  • be 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:

 

Housing Authority

Anticipated recruitment dates
July/August

Office location of graduate positions
Metropolitan (East Perth)

Places available
4 x Graduate Officers
2 x Aboriginal Graduate Project Officers

Program duration
Two years, commencing February 2017

Appointment type
Fixed term. In their second year, graduates are supported and encouraged to obtain permanent employment within the department.

Selection criteria
The department hires graduates from all disciplines including commerce, psychology, arts, sociology, sustainability, business, anthropology, law, project management, urban and regional planning and architecture - to name a few!

Program structure

  • First year four rotations of three months in different areas of the Housing Authority
  • Second year, graduates use the networks and experience obtained during their first year to obtain rotations in areas of their choice
  • Two year learning and development program.

Link to Graduate info
www.housing.wa.gov.au/careers/graduateprogram

Agency website
www.housing.wa.gov.au

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