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Study Melbourne Internship Program

Get a global perspective for your business with an international student intern.

Program Overview

Connecting employers with talented international students studying in Victoria to provide internship opportunities.

At a glance

Potential value

An international student intern to be placed in your business for a period of up to 12 weeks.




This program is available to all Victorian employers.

About the program

The Study Melbourne Internship Program offers internship opportunities for international students in disciplines including (but not limited to) accounting, commerce, business, information communications technology and engineering.

The Study Melbourne Internship Program is delivered by the Victorian Government in partnership with leading Victorian education providers including:

  • Australian Computer Society (VIC)
  • Australian Technical and Management College
  • Box Hill Institute of TAFE
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE
  • Deakin University
  • Federation University Australia
  • La Trobe University
  • Melbourne Polytechnic
  • Monash Professional Pathways
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Victoria University.

Depending on business requirements, student availability and course requirements, your organisation can engage an international student on a part-time or full-time basis for an internship. 

What does your organisation need to consider?

Your organisation should think about:
  • is there a project that would contribute to both the student's and business goals?
  • can you define the range of tasks the student would complete in the workplace?
  • will the internship play a valuable role in achieving your business objectives?
  • do you have adequate resources to support a student and provide appropriate skills and training?
  • are you able to work with the student's education provider to support their internship project?

What do you get? 

Engaging work ready international students can:
  • increase workplace diversity, language skills and staff understanding of other cultures
  • build your company’s knowledge of growing international markets
  • develop the ability of your staff to engage with suppliers or clients from international markets.

What are your obligations?

Internships may be in the form of paid internships or unpaid vocational placements. 

Where a student’s vocational placement is linked to their studies, an intern arrangement may be lawfully unpaid.  If an interns principal duties within the workplace are for the benefit of your business (and it is not within requirements of their course), then it is likely that an employment relationship has been formed.

Information about unpaid vocational placements and paid internships is available at or by contacting the Study Melbourne Internship Program via the details below.

Program contacts

Further information can be found by contacting:

Study Melbourne on: 03 9651 8030 or via email:

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