The Commission is piloting a program to address the challenges and barriers that refugee and asylum seeker university students face in gaining employment experience in Australia.

The 2021 Victorian Government refugee and asylum seeker internship program is seeking expressions of interest from employers across the public service who would benefit from taking on an intern matched to business needs.

For refugees and people seeking asylum employment is a crucial step towards a fulfilling life in Australia. The Victorian Public Service can offer interns who are eager to use their skills to serve the community opportunities to contribute to Victoria.

Employers will benefit from the diversity of views and lived experience that refugee and asylum seeker interns will bring to the workplace.

The program is expected to act as a pathway to jobs in the public service by providing interns with paid work experience and networking opportunities to help them reach their potential.

The Commission will work with CareerSeekers to match interns to suitable roles. Managers are supported to onboard and develop their intern and interns are supported with assistance before and during the placement, including cultural workshops.

Employers can express interest in taking an intern until 5pm 13 August 2021.

Read more about the Victorian Government refugee and asylum seeker internship program.