About the Program
The Indigenous Internship Program seeks to find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students paid casual or part-time work in an organisation related to their course of study. So, for example, instead of working in Hospitality or Retail while they are studying, if they’re an Accounting student, we’ll try to match them with an Accounting firm. This could be at one of the big 4 accounting firms, a Bank, a smaller practice, or simply in the Accounting department within a company. While their classmates are working in a restaurant, they’ll be gaining real-world experience relative to the subject they are studying.
The work might be casual or part-time hours during the term, and then more hours can be negotiated over the breaks. When they graduate they’ll already have 2-3 years of work experience in that field, which gives them a massive edge over non-indigenous graduates - helping to CLOSE the GAP!
You’ve been training, developing and mentoring the student throughout their studies, it only makes sense that you look to them first when choosing your graduate employees. Create your own Graduate pipeline of talent.
Benefits to your Businesses
Meet your Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) goal by increasing the number of Indigenous employees in your organisation
Mentoring and developing future Indigenous leaders in your business
Providing opportunities for Indigenous students to gain valuable corporate experience
Creating a more diverse workforce
Meet your RAP goal by utilising an Indigenous business in your Supply Chain
Benefits to the Students
Paid work in a job related to a future career
Build relative skills to complement their field of study
Gain insight into corporate culture and networking
Find a mentor to guide them on their journey
Greater motivation to complete the course
Greater motivation to study harder and achieve higher grades
Help Close the Gap!
There is a multitude of benefits to all parties involved, but we created our internship program as a vehicle to help Indigenous students gain paid, casual or part-time employment in a field related to their studies and future career.
We think you and your colleagues might be able to help Close the Gap by being part of achieving fantastic, long-term employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and leading the way in creating a diverse, culturally inclusive workforce.