Operational since : 01/11/2017

Focus on Recruitment

The Barring Djinang internship program is designed to provide Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students with paid work experience in the public sector.

About the program

This Barring Djinang initiative is designed to connect Victorian public sector agencies with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university students looking for paid work experience. 

The summer program runs for 12 weeks between November 2021 and February 2022.

The Commission will be the central point of contact for the program and will help you find an intern based on your needs.

We work with CareerTrackers to match you with interns that fit your needs and their interests.

Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are closed for the 2021/22 summer program. 

Victorian public sector organisations looking to recruit an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander university student can register their interest in the program when expressions of interest reopen in 2022.

How the program works

CareerTrackers will:

  • match you with appropriate candidates
  • promote internship opportunities to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
  • provide work readiness training to students, pre-internship
  • match interns with a Student Advisor for support
  • help interns create a professional development plan and set goals
  • provide professional development training and workshops following the internship
  • host interns at the 3-day Leadership Development Institute conference

You will:

  • review student CVs and conduct an interview(s) with your candidate(s)
  • onboard your intern
  • allocate a buddy to provide support
  • set clear expectations and work goals
  • engage your intern in meaningful work
  • set up regular check-ins and provide regular feedback
  • complete a performance evaluation at the end of the internship
  • be available to your intern when they need you
  • attend program events or professional development workshops as required

Before your intern starts we will provide:

  • a manager briefing session
  • cultural awareness training

During the program we will:

  • run weekly virtual networking events
  • run professional development workshops
  • check-in with you and your intern regularly
  • host welcome and end of program events for interns and managers

Program costs

Program costs include the intern salary and the annual program fee, per intern.

Intern salary costs

Interns are employed at VPS Grads 2.1.1 or equivalent for a 12-week summer internship placement:

  • $12,635 plus overheads (effective 1 September 2021)
  • an optional 4-week winter internship placement at an additional $4,264 plus overheads (effective 1 June 2022) 

Annual program fee

The annual program fee per intern is $8,750 (inc GST).

This covers:

  • cultural awareness training for your intern’s manager
  • welcome event and end of program event
  • weekly one-hour virtual networking and professional development events for interns
  • Leadership Development Institute attendance for interns
  • Program Day event attendance including professional development and training

Key dates

The summer program runs for 12 weeks between November 2021 and February 2022.

  • Submit your expression of interest by 5pm 29 July 2021
  • Shortlist and start interviews by 23 August 2021
  • Send out a formal offer(s) by 29 October 2021
  • Internship period 22 November 2021 to 11 February 2022

Contact us

If you have any questions you can get in touch at or on 0409 524 686.

Find out more about our program partner at CareerTrackers.


Last updated: 15/06/2021

Expressions of interest close 5pm Thursday 29 July 2021.