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Thinking about offering an internship?

Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of the growth and recruitment strategies of Australian employers. Organisations find that they benefit from the fresh ideas, creativity, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of the next generation of talent. This said, in choosing to offer an internship there are a number of factors to consider.

Thinking about offering an internship?

Internships are becoming an increasingly important part of the growth and recruitment strategies of Australian employers. Organisations find that they benefit from the fresh ideas, creativity, skills, knowledge and enthusiasm of the next generation of talent. This said, in choosing to offer an internship there are a number of factors to consider.

Pay

Paying the minimum/award wage ensures that interns of all socio-economic backgrounds can access your program and reduces your legal risk. More on the impact of unpaid internships.

Learning and development

Internships are all about learning and developing skills and knowledge. The end goal of an internship should be for your intern to be better equipped to join the workforce than when they started.

Mentorship

Great internships give interns the opportunity to gain insight, guidance and support from their colleagues and managers. Make sure your organisation has the capacity and motivation to give interns the mentorship they’re seeking.

Legal

There are a number of legal considerations in offering an internship. Read the Fair Work Ombudsman’s internship guidelines for more information.

“We have about five years until unpaid, unregulated internships are the norm and money will determine whether a young person gets a foot in the door or not. To reverse this, we need employers to commit to paid, fair, inclusive internships.”

– Interns Australia, 2017

“We have about five years until unpaid, unregulated internships are the norm and money will determine whether a young person gets a foot in the door or not. To reverse this, we need employers to commit to paid, fair, inclusive internships.”

– Interns Australia, 2017

 

Why pay your Interns?

To improve diversity

Diversity means new and different perspectives, experiences, knowledge and skills. Paid internships ensure that all young Australians, no matter their socio-economic background, can access your internships and contribute to your organisation.

To access the best talent

Talent and potential sit in all parts of the community. By paying your interns, you ensure that you aren’t excluding the talent who can’t afford to work for free.

To avoid legal issues

An increasing number of employers have been fined and ordered to pay wages to former interns who were working for them. Paying your interns according to the industry award can help you avoid this.

To give everyone a chance

87% of interns in Australia aren’t paid, but internships are almost a pre-requisite to getting a job in many industries. By paying your interns, you are helping to ensure that young Australians have a chance to get a foot in the door regardless of the financial resources available to them.

The law on internships

One of the challenges for employers is that they often aren’t aware of, or understand, the law on internships in Australia. We’re working to change this by advocating for law reform, and to help employers offer fairer, better quality internships.

For more information on the legalities of offering an internship, read the Fair Work Ombudsman’s internship guidelines.

The law on internships

One of the challenges for employers is that they often aren’t aware of, or understand, the law on internships in Australia. We’re working to change this by advocating for law reform, and to help employers offer fairer, better quality internships.

For more information on the legalities of offering an internship, read the Fair Work Ombudsman’s internship guidelines.

Great, paid internship program?

Be recognised and promoted by signing up for the National Fair Internship Pledge

Interns Australia offers Australia’s first and only internship review and recognition program, open to Australia’s best paid internship programs. If you or an employer you know offers an exemplary paid internship, apply now or nominate them to join the National Fair Internship Pledge.
Great, paid internship program?

Be recognised and promoted by signing up for the National Fair Internship Pledge.

Interns Australia offers Australia’s first and only internship review and recognition program, open to Australia’s best paid internship programs. If you or an employer you know offers an exemplary paid internship, apply now or nominate them to join the National Fair Internship Pledge.

Help setting up your internship

Interns Australia is happy to support you to set up a great, fair internship program. Employers who would like to establish a paid internship program are also eligible to apply for low-cost consulting support as part of the National Fair Internship Pledge. Email admin@internsaustralia.org for more information.

Help setting up your internship
Interns Australia is happy to support you to set up a great, fair internship program. Employers who would like to establish a paid internship program are also eligible to apply for low-cost consulting support as part of the National Fair Internship Pledge. Email admin@internsaustralia.org for more information.

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Interns Australia
ABN: 99 604 465 572
ACN: 604 465 572

admin@internsaustralia.org.au
 1300 612 903
Media enquiries: 0432 905 793
Registered office:
500 Harris Street
Ultimo NSW 2007

 

 

 

 

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