Paid Internships - Shaping Your Career and Future

Thinking of doing a paid or unpaid internship but have doubts? An unpaid and paid internship could be your ticket to a full-time job in your field! The practical experience and references you get will boost your job prospects!

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Why choose to do unpaid or paid Internships?

Unpaid or Paid Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain new skills and experience in your field of interest and secure high-quality employment once you graduate.

Whether paid or unpaid, these experiences are extremely valuable for your professional development, confidence, and professional networks.

Some companies provide paid internships, whereas others offer unpaid internships. While the benefit of paid internships is obvious (you are paid for the work you do), don’t underestimate the value of an unpaid internship!

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Unpaid vs Paid Internships in Australia

It’s important to understand that no two companies will offer internships in the same way. Internship programs and experiences in Australia differ depending on the company you’re doing your internship with. 

The entire purpose of undergoing an unpaid internship in Australia in the first place is to build new skills and gain hands-on, industry experience in the field of your choice. This way, internships can get you job-ready for when it’s time to start your career.

So, while you’re not remunerated for the work you’ve done, the experience of an unpaid internship is just as valuable as a paid internship.

Unpaid & Paid Internship Benefits!

Get practical on-site industry experience in your field

Add vital industry experience to your Resume and Cover Letter

Work alongside highly skilled professionals in your field

Secure a pathway to full-time employment after completing your unpaid or paid Internship

Get trained in software and learn industry best practice and processes specific to your field

Receive job references from your host company and supervisor

Get hired by top companies after completion of your unpaid or paid internship

Meet industry experts and network your way to employment

Companies Who Have Hired Our Interns

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What’s Included?

BRAND-NEW RESUME

Receive a Keyword Rich & ATS-Optimised Resume which will impress hiring managers

INTERVIEW TRAINING

Undergo Comprehensive interview training provided by top Australian Recruiters

INTERNSHIP RESOURCES

Access our Career & Internship Resources which will help you secure employment quickly

HIDDEN JOB MARKET

Get access to over 200+ Job Vacancies across 50+ industries offering internships in the hidden job market

HOST COMPANIES

Gain access to more than 1000 companies offering unpaid as well as paid internships

INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

Experience our 12-week Internships Program with Australia’s best companies

JOBS

Meet with our Career Mentoring & Career Counselling team to help you launch your career in Australia

INTERNSHIP COACHING

Receive one-on-one Internship Coaching in Australia to help you get hired faster!

98% Placement for students completing unpaid & paid internships. You can be next!

Why choose Unpaid or Paid Internship?

Ideally, it's best to secure a paid internship. However, even an unpaid internship can open doors to new opportunities for career growth. Whether paid or unpaid, an internship will help you stand out in the pool of candidates when it comes to applying for jobs.

With unpaid or paid internship experience, you can update your Resume with new and in demand expertise and skills, and impress employers and hiring managers with your experience and achievements.

Most of all, unpaid or paid internships allow you to network your way to your dream career and find jobs with your host company before they get advertised.

While doing your unpaid or paid internship, you will meet and work with a range of experienced professionals in your industry.

These relationships you build during your unpaid or paid internship work placement will be crucial when you're looking to secure a job after graduation. Your supervisor can become a valuable reference on your Resume and can talk to potential employers about their experience with you.

You may not realise it, but how you perform and the results you achieve during your internship matter. Even in unpaid internship positions, some companies will offer you a job half-way through the 12-week placement if you perform well!


If you continue to show your excellent results and your worth to the company, you can increase your chances at being offered full-time employment after you finish your paid internship.

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Our Success Stories

What Our Clients Say About Internships!

Nazila Ashar

New Project 23

When I migrated to Australia I thought my overseas experience would carry me over into a new biotechnology job, but I was getting a few rejections because I lacked the local experience factor. I had my heart set on a paid internship, but the CSA

Laboratory Assistant
Melbourne

Arshdeep Dhillon

New Project 21

As a fresh graduate, I knew the key to getting employment was industry experience. So, I decided to enrol in an internship program to gain the experience that companies wanted to see on my CV. I spoke to lots of recruiters and they all said

Engineering & Supply Chain Graduate
Melbourne

“Best Data Science Internship!”

New Project 24

I joined the Career Success Australia internship program to overcome my big employment gap and to gain local experience as a Data Analyst. I wasn’t overly keen to do an unpaid internship as I felt I had enough overseas experience and skills plus a Master’s

Amali Pravin
Data Science Intern, Melbourne

Nayomi Edirisinghe

New Project 22

As a newcomer to Australia, I was open to the idea of doing unpaid or paid internships or work experience programs to get 12 weeks of industry experience. I was keen to try and secure employment, so I knew that I had to show some

Software Tester Intern
Melbourne

Our Success Stories

What Our Clients Say About Internships!

Nazila Ashar

New Project 23

When I migrated to Australia I thought my overseas experience would carry me over into a new biotechnology job, but I was getting a few rejections because I lacked the local experience factor. I had my heart set on a paid internship, but the CSA

Laboratory Assistant
Melbourne

Arshdeep Dhillon

New Project 21

As a fresh graduate, I knew the key to getting employment was industry experience. So, I decided to enrol in an internship program to gain the experience that companies wanted to see on my CV. I spoke to lots of recruiters and they all said

Engineering & Supply Chain Graduate
Melbourne

“Best Data Science Internship!”

New Project 24

I joined the Career Success Australia internship program to overcome my big employment gap and to gain local experience as a Data Analyst. I wasn’t overly keen to do an unpaid internship as I felt I had enough overseas experience and skills plus a Master’s

Amali Pravin
Data Science Intern, Melbourne

Nayomi Edirisinghe

New Project 22

As a newcomer to Australia, I was open to the idea of doing unpaid or paid internships or work experience programs to get 12 weeks of industry experience. I was keen to try and secure employment, so I knew that I had to show some

Software Tester Intern
Melbourne

Meet the Internships Team

Careers & Internships Team of Experts

Naren Chellappah

Program Director

Naren is one of Australia’s most successful Career Coaches, having helped over 1,000 job seekers find employment. He has held leadership roles at Australia’s top universities including Monash & Swinburne.

Langdon Rodda

Head Career Coach

Head Career Coach Langdon supports you one-on-one to help you secure employment in your chosen field. Langdon’s Career Coaching, Career Counselling and mentoring support can help you transition into meaningful employment quickly.

Pearl Doronila

Careers Advisor

Pearl is a HR & Recruitment Specialist with 10+ years of experience working with leading companies in end-to-end recruitment. Pearl supports her clients to get jobs in a range of industries through personalised Career Coaching and Career Counselling.

Tracy Busse

Career Coach

Tracy is a HR Specialist and Career Mentor who has extensive experience in people and performance management. Tracy provides a nurturing environment and helps her clients one-on-one to achieve their career goals in Australia.

How does the

Unpaid or Paid Internships Program work?

01.

Internship Preparation

First, we create your brand-new Internship Resume, Cover Letter and LinkedIn profile, and prepare you for your Internship interview.

02.

Internship Interviews

After your Internships preparation, we contact suitable companies and arrange your unpaid or paid Internship interview.

03.

Placement Confirmation

After your interview, if you and the host company are happy to proceed, you start your Internship!

04.

Internship Support

Above all, we continue to support you throughout your placement to ensure you are progressing.

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After Your Internship

If you don’t secure a job after your Internship, we can certainly help you find employment through our Career Coaching Program.

Everything you need to know about Unpaid & Paid Internships!

Unpaid & Paid Internship - FAQs

The entire purpose of an internship is to get vital industry experience in the field of your choice and gain a competitive edge when applying for jobs. So, whether you’re doing an unpaid or paid internship, you will acquire valuable, in-demand skills that employers are looking for when hiring.

An unpaid or paid Internship gives you the opportunity to learn from the top professionals in the market and gain real-world industry experience! The relationships you build during your unpaid or paid internship will also help you build your network of industry contacts and connections which will open new doors down the road.

Moreover, you will improve your soft skills, such as your communication, collaboration, multi-tasking and prioritisation skills.

Yes, absolutely!

If you can arrange 3-4 days from your studies, you can apply for a part-time Unpaid or Paid Internship. You can also do a full-time unpaid or paid Internship during the semester break or holidays.

When you complete an unpaid or paid Internship while you study, you can apply your theoretical knowledge and skills from your degree to real-world projects.

An unpaid or paid Internship during or after your study is a smart choice if you want to quickly secure employment in the industry of your choice.

The sooner the better, but ideally in your final semester or as soon as you graduate from your course.

It is better to do an unpaid or paid Internship while studying so that you can complete your degree with practical industry experience under your belt. Having experience from an unpaid or paid Internship means that your chances of securing employment after graduation are higher.

By doing an unpaid or paid Internship in Australia, you will develop deep technical and hands-on skills through real-world projects which is exactly what employers in Australia look for when hiring and employing students and graduates.

Yes! Most unpaid or paid Internships are considered learning experiences by universities. Once your unpaid or paid Internship has been approved, you can gain credit from your university.

Your unpaid or paid Internship is designed to give you practical experience in your industry before you graduate. When you start your unpaid or paid Internship, your industry placement will be based on a real-world project with one of the top companies in Australia, so you can learn while doing.

Speak to your university about course credit if you complete an unpaid or paid Internship during your course.

Career Success Australia provides unpaid and paid Internships in various industries with a range of different companies. This includes working in IT, Engineering, Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Biotechnology, and more!

We have host company partners offering 12-week unpaid and paid Internships for students and graduates who are keen to enhance their skills in their industry of choice.

An unpaid or paid Internship for 12 weeks is the best way to gain practical training and experience while you study or when you complete your degree in Australia.

We provide unpaid and paid Internships for students and graduates to start their career across all cities.

Our host company network is vast and you can choose to complete your unpaid or paid Internship in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Hobart, Perth, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Brisbane, or in Darwin.

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