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Internship Program

At CQUniversity, we are committed to equipping our students with real-world skills, up to date industry knowledge and networking opportunities before they graduate. Placements and internships play a crucial role in developing your employability and maximising your employment prospects.

Since its inception in 2015, CQUniversity's internship program has had a positive influence in what we do to deliver the best possible overall student experience for our international students, one that includes the opportunity to gain hands-on work experience during their studies, at no additional cost or extension to the duration of their course.

Top achievements

  • Student placements have grown by approximately 50% year on year.
  • To date approximately 400 international students have been placed.
  • Placements are spread across the country with students being placed in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Rockhampton.
  • Students gain experience working with the private sector, government, start-ups, research centres, charities and social innovation enterprises.
  • Host organisations span engineering, IT and hospitality industries – from rail technology frontrunner to world leaders in data science and research, from eminent hotel chains to international aviation giants.

The growth we are seeing in enrolments in courses with internships are indicators that we are on the right path in terms of providing a platform for our students to gain invaluable work experience. The growth also shows that students are now beginning to place greater importance on the opportunity to gain experience during their studies.

Courses with internships

Internships for International Students Transcript
  • Working in an organisation in your area of study allows you to build networks in that field that may open doors for you in the future.
  • An internship will give you a competitive edge in the global job market and increase your chances of full-time employment once you graduate.
  • You will enhance and develop skills in teamwork, decision-making and communication while having the chance to put your academic knowledge into practice.
  • You will gain an understanding of Australian work practices and culture.
  • The internship will give added value to your degree and at no extra cost.
  • The internship is offered over a 10–12 week period. You will not be required to undertake any other units during this period, which means you will be able to concentrate on your internship and get the most from the experience.
  • The duration of your degree is not extended, which means you can still complete your bachelor degree in three years and your masters degree in two years.
  • The internship is found for you by CQUniversity and our Internship Partners – market leaders in career development programs for international candidates.
  • You will undertake the relevant prerequisite course which ensures you have the knowledge to succeed in an Australian working environment.

Follow the unit schedules for your course. If you are a business student you must complete the prerequisite Effective Business Communications and if you are an IT student you must complete the prerequisite Professional Skills in Information Communication Technology.

  1. Choose your preferred industry by completing an application form.
  2. Participate in an interview with our Australian Internship Partners to clarify your goals so we can find you an organisation that will best fit your needs.
  3. CQUniversity and our Australian Internship Partners will search for companies in your preferred industry from a network of over 3000 organisations.
  4. We contact an appropriate company, negotiate on your behalf and set up an interview.
  5. We coach you and host mock interviews to get your interview skills on point.
  6. You must then complete an interview with the selected organisation to be successfully placed. Don't worry, if you don't get it right the first time you are given two more chances to secure a position.
  7. Your placement begins.
  8. You will be assigned a dedicated Internship Program Supervisor (IPS) who will monitor your training and provide one on one guidance and support throughout the course.

For more information please email internships@cqu.edu.au or complete our Enquire online form and a CQUniversity adviser will be in touch to answer your questions.

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