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Local student means; you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.
Personalised for INTERNATIONAL students.
International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Professional Internship Program

Are you ready to kick-start your career? Melbourne Polytechnic has partnered with Readygrad to provide final-year students from four study areas with a 12-week professional work placement at a reputable company or not-for-profit.

Readygrad has helped over 15,000 ambitious students and graduates kick-start their careers through the Professional Internships Program. With a network of 4,500 industry partners, including some of Australia's largest and most recognisable brand names, Readygrad interns receive the experience, confidence and networks to stand out in the competitive graduate landscape. In fact, 44 per cent of interns are offered a permanent role with their host company and 99 per cent said that the internship helped them secure a job.

At the end of the internship you will have:

  • Real and relevant work experience
  • A work reference from a reputable company
  • Improved communication skills
  • Increased knowledge and confidence in your abilities
  • Increased your employability

Who can apply?

You can apply if you're studying as an international student in the final year of the following Melbourne Polytechnic programs:

What you'll learn

You'll gain the skills and knowledge to:

  • work within organisational requirements
  • work as part of a team
  • develop effective workplace habits

You'll gain these skills and knowledge by:

  • practising professional communication and writing skills
  • establishing workplace relationships
  • participating in business meetings
  • reading relevant organisational documents
  • understanding the application of legislation in the workplace

What you receive

Statement of Attainment for BSBIND201: Work effectively in a business environment
Issued on successful completion of assessments during the WIL placement.

Readygrad Certificate of Completion
Issued on successful completion of all pre-placement workshops and preparation, relevant consultations, host company interviews, course evaluations, and meeting the requirements of the training agreement and attendance of the placement.

How it works

  1. Receive an Internships Expression of Interest form from Melbourne Polytechnic International Office via email
  2. Return completed Internships Expression of Interest Form to Melbourne Polytechnic International Office
  3. Attend resume and interview preparation orientation workshop
  4. Submit application documents
  5. Meet with your personal placement consultant
  6. Placement consultant will match you with a host company
  7. Attend an interview
  8. Receive placement offer
  9. Start your internship placement
  10. Support from your personal placement consultant


There are four assessments required to successfully complete the program:

  • Week 2: Multiple Choice Assessment*
  • Week 3: Online Case Study*
  • Week 4: Online WHS Quiz
  • Week 10 and 16: Final Work Placement Assessment, with Part A completed in week 10 and Part B completed in week 16*

* Assessments for BSBIND201: Work effectively in a business environment

Time commitment

  • 3-5 days per week during business hours
  • 20 hours self-directed learning
  • 274-456 hours work placement

Who is Gradability?

ReadyGradis part of Gradability, Australia's largest dedicated graduate employability specialist and industry leader. We have a track record of changing more than 20,000 lives, by revolutionising the employment landscape for international and domestic graduates.

Frequently asked questions

International students who are unable to attend the required three days per week during studies can ask to attend the internship in summer after exams. Students granted a post-study work visa after successful completion of studies with Melbourne Polytechnic can undertake the internship while on the post-study work visa.

No, International students will enrol in the unit Work Effectively in a Business Environment with Ready Grad, a registered RTO, so the internship is not considered work contributing to the 40hour capacity student visa holders are limited to.