Department of Employment ICT Internship Programme

The Department of Employment offers career opportunities to university graduates interested in supporting national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.

The Internship Programme has been running since 2006 and is designed to address skill shortages in ICT areas across the Department. Interns will be engaged on a non-ongoing basis at the APS Level 1 for an initial period of three months, with the option to be extended. As an ICT Intern you will gain paid experience in the ICT environment, whilst providing the flexibility to complete your degree.

The Department is seeking to employ ICT Graduates for the Department of Employment Graduate Programme. It is our intention to fill our graduate positions with the most promising participants in our ICT Internship Programme, commencing from December 2015.

At the conclusion of the ICT Internship Programme the Department may make offers of Graduate employment to commence in February each year. Participation in the ICT Internship Programme does not guarantee you a position as an ICT Graduate.

The ICT Internship Programme is open to students studying an ICT qualification with no more than three semesters remaining of their ICT degree. While primarily intended for students, the ICT Internship Programme is also open to people already holding ICT degrees. Interns will receive on the job training and support from employees with valuable experience, and insight into team operations. Interns will gain experience through close contact with clients, participation in team meetings, and regular, considered feedback from Supervisors.  

Candidates will be required to enter into an Individual Performance and Development Plan similar to that currently applied to ICT Graduates employed by the Department.

Department of Employment ICT

Technology has the potential to further enhance and transform the Department’s business and service delivery to improve productivity, innovation, responsiveness, meet our people’s expectations for better services, and contribute to the creation of more open government. By being closely aligned with the Department’s goals and strategies, the Department’s ICT can deliver the services, technology and solutions to help achieve our vision of ‘more jobs, great workplaces’.

The Department continues to explore and invest in innovative technologies and is recognised as being at the forefront of the deployment of these technologies within the Australian Public Service. The Department is a leader in the deployment of Microsoft technologies such as .Net, SharePoint, Exchange, SQL, Windows and the Office Suite. Our desktop applications and facilities are also considered cutting edge within government.

The Department’s ICT discipline creates exciting opportunities for Interns in various ICT roles across the Department, including but not limited to:

  • Web development (including Drupal)
  • Development/coding (Mainframe, CoolGen, Windows, .Net, Database)
  • Project management
  • ICT forensics
  • Production support
  • Business analysis
  • Database administration (Mainframe, SQL)
  • Data analytics (SAS)
  • Systems architecture
  • Network and communications
  • Multi-media platforms
  • Security operations
  • Testing


Examples of relevant ICT qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology in Mainframe Computing
  • Bachelor or Engineering in Network and Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Design and Technology
  • Bachelor of Computer Graphics
  • Bachelor of Business Informatics
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Applications

What we want from our ICT Interns

  • A resourceful team player
  • Good communication skills
  • A willingness to undertake challenging ICT roles
  • A commitment to personal development
  • Someone who values diversity
  • The ability to think strategically
  • Attention to detail

Selection Criteria

Please note: responses to the selection criteria must not exceed 200 words per criterion.

  1.  Provide an example of a project that you have been involved in.  What was your role, who were the stakeholders, how was the project run, what was the outcome and what did you learn?
  2. Describe a situation in which you were required to adapt to change. What difficulties did you encounter and how did you overcome these? Please state the situation, your actions and the outcome.
  3. Describe a time when you had to collaborate with your peers/colleagues to achieve a goal or outcome. What did you do to collaborate effectively and ensure the outcome was delivered in a specified timeframe?
  4. Outline the specific ICT role you are interested in (e.g. Business Analyst, Tester, Security, Developer etc.) and the skills you possess relating to the role and how you would apply these skills to the Department of Employment.


To be eligible for the Department of Employment ICT Internship Programme you must be an Australian citizen and have no more than three semesters remaining of your ICT degree. While primarily intended for students, the ICT Internship Programme is also open to people already holding ICT degrees.

Want to apply?

Applications for the 2015/16 Internship Programme will open on Monday 12 October 2015 and close 12:00 AEST, Friday 6 November 2015.

To apply please see the Jobs at the Department of Employment website.

Further Information

For further information on the ICT Internship Programme please call (02) 6240 8855 or email 

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