The Victorian Government refugee and asylum seeker internship program provides university students who are refugees or asylum seekers with work experience and the opportunity to build their network.

About the program

This initiative connects the Victorian public service with refugees and asylum seekers looking for paid work experience.

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

The Victorian Public Sector Commission runs the program with CareerSeekers to match interns to suitable openings.

Register now

Victorian Public Service organisations looking to recruit refugee and asylum seeker interns can register for the program.

Registrations close 5pm 13 August 2021.

Register now 

How the program works

CareerSeekers will:

  • promote internship opportunities to prospective interns
  • match you with potential interns
  • provide work readiness training to interns pre-internship
  • help interns create a professional development plan and set goals
  • host regular manager and intern check-ins
  • host interns at events for program launch and end of internship
  • provide a manager briefing session before your intern starts

You will:

  • review CVs and conduct an interview with your candidate
  • 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
  • support your intern during the learning and develop program
  • attend program events or professional development workshops as required

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’s salary
  • program fee

Intern salary costs

Interns are employed at VPS Grade 2.1.1 or equivalent for a 12-week internship placement.

This includes:

  • $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

Program fee

CareerSeekers program fee per intern is $6,500, plus GST.

The learning and development fee

The learning and development fee per intern is $500, plus GST.

This fee covers:

  • welcome event
  • weekly virtual networking catchups
  • professional learning and development events and workshops
  • end of program event

Key dates

The summer program runs for 12 weeks, from November 2021 to February 2022.

  • expressions of interest close: 5pm 13 August 2021
  • shortlist and interviews close: 30 September 2021
  • formal offers sent: 29 October 2021

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact

Find out more about our program partner at CareerSeekers