Who is eligible?
Recently arrived humanitarian entrants who have tertiary qualifications and professional experience from their countries of origin are eligible for the mid-career stream.
Asylum seekers or refugees enrolled in full-time tertiary studies in Science, Engineering, Commerce / Business, Information Technology, Mathematics, Law or Arts, in Melbourne or Sydney, are eligible for the university student stream.
To be eligible for the program, all participants must demonstrate English skills at a level that allows them to operate in a professional environment and have work rights.
WHAT IS THE EMPLOYER COMMITMENT?
All internships are fixed, short- term commitments. They give interns the opportunity to transition to professional careers in Australia and build local contacts and local experience. CareerSeekers has a diverse network of employer partners, from large multinationals to small, family-owned businesses.
Each plays a key role in offering a range of work environments to suit the needs of CareerSeekers participants. Employment partners commit to an initial 12-week placement of a humanitarian entrant in one of their teams.
Benefits to the intern
Interns gain local professional experience and begin to develop networks in their industries in Australia.
For participants in the mid-career professional stream of the program, if the placement goes well and there is a vacancy in the team, then an internship may extend beyond the initial 12 weeks or in some cases convert into an ongoing role.
Training and support
Interns are provided training and support prior to the internship commencing to build their understanding of Australian workplaces and set them up for success during the internship.
Interns and their manager are provided ongoing support by the CareerSeekers team over the internship period.
CareerSeekers conducts a briefing for the team in which the intern will work, prior to the participant commencing. A formal evaluation is also conducted post-internship.
For participants in the mid-career stream of the program, where there is not an ongoing employment opportunity following an internship, CareerSeekers supports the participant to leverage the experience and newly established networks in their search for further employment.