Internships and volunteering

Getting experience

There are lots of ways for you to get degree-related work experience while you study. Even a small amount of relevant work experience could give you the edge you need for graduate recruitment.


Volunteering is unpaid work that can benefit your local community or an overseas community in need. Community involvement is valued by employers and can give you an advantage when applying for a job.

Volunteer on campus

Peer support and mentoring

Opportunities to volunteer on campus are often in peer support roles. These opportunities are usually advertised at the end or beginning of each trimester. They will be listed on Jobshop, or the program web page.

Assisting international students:

Faculty student mentor programs:

DUSA (Deakin University Student Association):

Find out more and apply for these opportunities through the DUSA website.

Volunteer resource centres (Victoria)

Volunteer Resource Centres can match you with organisations in the local area. They can assess your skills and availability to identify which organisation can use your help. View a full list of volunteer resource centres in Victoria.

Volunteer overseas

Many organisations assist you to find overseas volunteer opportunities. Investigate fully supported programs which cover the costs of training, travel and living expenses. These generally have a minimum 3 month period of participation. Alternatively, research paid programs which require you to cover the costs of participation. The program length is often more flexible, from one week to months.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Develop industry-relevant skills by completing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The international award formally recognises your commitments and self-discipline, with the added bonus of enjoying some truly memorable achievements.

Work experience and internship programs

Vacation work experience programs and internship programs will expose you to practices in your field and give you valuable network contacts.

Types of programs include: Cadetship, Co-operative, Faculty programs, Internships, Scholarships and Vacation work.

Many employers will advertise their vacation and work experience programs on Jobshop but you can also use strategies like networking and informal interviewing to find your own placements.

Sourcing internships and work experience

Pick up a copy of the Internship and work experience booklet at Jobshop on your campus. The booklet is designed to help you to prepare and plan for an internship.

For more assistance, book an appointment with Jobshop.

Faculty internship programs

Internships and Work Experience Booklet (Copy of above publication) (PDF, 665KB)

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