What is an internship?
An internship (also known as vacation work) is when a student works in an organization for some period of time in order to gain work experience.
Internships are usually paid. Unpaid internships are subject to a strict set of restrictions from the Federal Government, make sure you're aware of them!
Internships can last between a few weeks to many months depending on the organisation you're working for.
Internships are an extremely good way to get your foot in the door of the organization. The entry requirements for an internship are generally lower than that of a graduate position, and internship programs usually have fairly good conversion in that at the end of your internship they may consider you for the following years graduate program (meaning you don't have to re-interview!)
Internships can also provide you with invaluable experience which give you an edge over other applicants applying for graduate programs. You can also see an internship as an opportunity to relocate and work in another state, as well as determing if a company is a good fit for you.
There are a few general requirements when it comes to applying to internships. The first is that you have to be a penultimate year student (second last year). If you are graduating at the end of 2018, you should be applying for internships for the summer of 2017/2018. This is a general rule and applies to student internships.
Australian internships usually open from around March until about October. Some companies use hard deadlines while others keep applications open until they fill the positions. Some companies also do what is called a rolling recruitment where they fill the positions as they go (more on that later).
The first step of any application process is the application itself! But before you can even begin to submit an application, you need to find a company. Everyone has a different reason for wanting an internship, whether it's money, the experience, or another reason. Different companies will satisfy your criteria differently. Make sure you research the company before hand. Glassdoor has some information (while not always accurate) that could be useful when looking at whether the company is one you would like to work for. Note that software development isn't the only pathway you can take with your degree.
The following steps - and associated pages - detail what you can expect for a typical recruitment process
There are many other types of opportunities out there. Also note that not every company has an internship program. You will also find that companies that have Graduate programs often don't have a internship program. Refer to the Internships page for a good idea of what companies have internships open and the types available. Once you have an idea of what company you would like to apply for you can apply for them!
Your application is usually the first contact with the company, visit The Application for information on how to make your resume stand out and how you can make your application a desirable one.
Once you have submitted an application there will almost always be some form of testing. Refer to The Testing Stage for what you can expect and how to best prepare for these assessments.
You may be asked to conduct an initial interview (soft-skills) with a representative of the company. Refer to The HR Interview for how to prepare for this interview and the best way to answer the questions.
After the soft-skills interview comes the big interview (usually). Refer to The Technical Interview for how to prepare for this.
Some companies may conduct an assessment centre in lieu of a technical interview. (or do a mix of the two). Refer to The Assessment Centre for tips on how to perform your best.
Answering questions like "Do grades matter?" and "Should I make a LinkedIn profile?"
We will be updating this page with questions as people ask.
Part of the recruitment process for you is rejection. You are bound to be rejected by some company, maybe it's a company you really wanted. Coming to terms with rejection is very important. Check out this guide by a Curtin graduate.