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Building an inclusive workforce

University students experienced real workplace activities through the paid internship program

University students experienced real workplace activities through the paid internship program

Creating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Internship Program in 2016–17 was another important step towards building a diverse department that reflects the community we serve.

Along with our partners CareerTrackers, we gave real workplace experiences to seven university students from across Queensland through a 12-week paid program.

The interns represented broad academic disciplines including IT, business, digital services, commerce, psychology and arts. All seven completed the program and made valuable contributions while gaining a head start on their careers.

Key to the program was support. Managers developed a detailed work program to provide interns with the most relevant learning opportunities. Interns also developed learning contracts to outline their own accountabilities and shadowed the Director-General to gain insight and exposure to senior executives across the government.

Next year, we’ll welcome our next intake of interns as we continue to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Last updated
9 October 2017
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