How can I find out more?

Click here to view a Q&A with an intern and host from last year.

The 2019/2020 Year in Review has some information about last year’s program as well as testimonials from interns and hosts.


Are you eligible to apply?

To be eligible for an internship you need to:

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • Be a 3rd or 4th year undergraduate engineering student (with a strong academic record) currently enrolled full-time at an Australian university
  • Be able to commit to the full 12-week internship (placements will commence between 15 November 2020 and 8 February 2021)
  • Be able to obtain necessary workplace clearances prior to commencement of the internship
  • Have not previously undertaken a DIIP (or DEIP) internship


What support is offered?

QTAC ensures that interns and SMEs are carefully matched, taking care of the recruitment and selection process and assuring a mutually beneficial internship experience.

Two visits will be made to your workplace during the 12-week internship to assess your progress in the project, together with informal emails and phone calls.

Ongoing assistance, advice and support is available from QTAC, alongside pastoral care for interns.


How will you be supported in the workplace?

QTAC assesses employers for details on the engineering project performance expectations, plus their organisational structure and policies for workplace health and safety, bullying and harassment and emergency management procedures.

When students commence, their employer will provide an induction of the workplace together with emergency management plans and training to use specific equipment.

Workers’ compensation insurance is provided by the employer.

You should discuss any workplace and other on-site activities with your employer, to ensure your safety at all times during the period of the internship. You can also discuss any concerns you have with QTAC.


Want some tips for success?

Applications need to be submitted before 31 July 2020.

Ensure you attach all the required documentation to your application.

Consider an interstate internship, particularly if you have family or friends who can assist with accommodation needs.

When you have been advised of your success, make contact with your employer before your first day, introduce yourself, find out about the engineering project, clarify your start time, the dress code – ask lots of questions so that your 12-week internship is a success.


What documentation do I need to include with my application?

You will need to upload the following documents with your application:

  • Curriculum Vitae (we have created a template for you to use – download it here),
  • Statement of Capability and Interest that addresses your suitability for your preferred internship opportunities (we have created a template for this one as well – download it here),
  • Academic Reference (from a current/past lecturer or tutor) to support your application. The reference needs to include full contact details of the referee and address the following criteria:
    • Your ability to work effectively in a team environment
    • Your written and verbal communication skills
    • Your mature and responsible attitude
    • Your willingness to develop professionally in your Engineering discipline
  • Academic Transcript (unofficial) that includes a list of all the subjects you have completed to date, and the results achieved; and a list of the subjects you are currently studying as part of your Engineering degree.
  • Proof of Australian citizenship (Birth Certificate, Passport or Citizenship Certificate).