When are UTS interns available?
Most interns will be available from March-December each year. While UTS cannot guarantee that a suitable student will be available for all internships (university teaching sessions and student study requirements may impact availability), all internship opportunities are posted online and actively promoted by UTS to its student body.
- Session 1 (Autumn): March–June
- Winter Vacation: July
- Session 2 (Spring): August–October
In some cases, internships may be available during Session 3 (Summer): November–February.
Structuring your internship
You’ve got lots of flexibility when it comes to creating an internship placement for a UTS student. The type of project and the tasks you ask your intern to undertake are all up to you, subject to approval from UTS.
There are a few things we ask you to include as part of the internship experience, these include:
- A safe working environment (e.g. for organisations in NSW see WorkCover NSW)
- A supervisor that the intern reports to, and who schedules work and provides mentorship throughout the internship placement.
- A suitable induction and orientation briefing on your organisation and its policies and standard operating procedures (some of this can be directed reading, such as asking students to review your organisation’s website).
- A program of activities that provides structured and meaningful learning opportunities relevant to the field of study. For example, this might include attending staff meetings, sitting in as an observer in planning sessions, observing/understudying professionals in your organisation performing their work, etc.
- Feedback to the student on their work and progress. Some internships require a short written statement providing feedback as part of the students’ assessment. Feedback is crucial for the growth, improvement and development of students into professionals.
Advertising your internship and selecting an intern
Follow our step-by-step guide to advertising your internship at UTS, and what you need to do once you’ve chosen a candidate.
Register: Register your organisation on the UTS CareerHub. This web-based service provides information on internships, jobs and other professional development opportunities for UTS students. Registration takes only a few minutes.
Post an internship opportunity: Once you’ve registered with CareerHub, you can list your internship, including a description of the key tasks to be accomplished by the student during the internship, proposed duration of the internship and application information. UTS staff will review the information to make sure that it meets UTS guidelines.
Once your internship is approved, it will be visible to UTS students, who may apply directly to your organisation.
Select an intern: It’s up to you to select the applicant who’s the best fit for your role — UTS is not involved in the selection process. In addition to the application itself, a formal interview is a good way of getting to know more about your candidates. It’s also an opportunity to introduce shortlisted candidates to your organisation.
Complete documentation: Once you’ve chosen your preferred candidate, you’ll be asked to complete a Work Placement Agreement, Placement Summary Form and Work Safety Declaration.
Completion of these forms ensures students are undertaking appropriate placements that are relevant to their study, that the roles and responsibilities of all parties are clearly defined, and that students are appropriately insured.
Note: Some internships are managed through our online system. In this case, you will receive online forms for completion rather than paper forms for signing.
All UTS students undertaking approved internships are fully covered for personal accident and public liability insurance up to the value of $10 million. UTS interns provide you with a copy of the Certificate of Currency of these insurances for your records.
Paid internships are considered employment, so any insurance, remuneration and responsibilities are to be negotiated with the student directly.