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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science DIISability Internship 2018

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Employment type: Casual, Non-Ongoing - Specified Term
Location: Canberra
Categories: APS Level 1

The DIISability Internship offers practical paid work experience for successful students with disability who may face significant obstacles in gaining employment. Obstacles include such things as academic transcripts that don’t reflect the student's real potential, or having limited opportunity to participate in part time work while studying.

The DIISability Internship involves a recruitment process that includes submission of an application and interviews. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to complete a paid work experience program with one of our participating Divisions. You will be expected to work a total of 152 hours - hours of work will be negotiated with your manager prior to commencement. You will also be required to participate in a student briefing at the commencement of the program.
We welcome applications from students from all disciplines, particularly with students studying:

Economics, Commerce, Law, Business, Public Policy, Science, Data and analytics, Information and Communication Technology and Accounting

Any information you provide about your disability will be held in the strictest confidence and removed prior to sending your application to the participating divisions.

How to apply

All sections of this application form must be completed. Please attach the following information (applications without the following documents attached will not be considered):

  • CV
  • Academic transcript (official or unofficial accepted)
  • Relevant disability information (such as a letter from the Disability Services Unit at your University)


It is important that the responses you provide in this application clearly articulate your skills and abilities. Below are some tips and guidelines for answering the sections of this application form in order to help you provide sufficient information in your application
General tips

  • Ensure you complete all fields. Leaving any section blank is an incomplete application.
  • Check for spelling, grammar and language. Get someone to proof-read before submitting.
  • If you use industry related terms or acronyms, ensure you elaborate, and ask yourself, would the recruiter understand this?

Interests, activities and achievements

  • In this section, you should mention any involvement in extracurricular activities such as sporting clubs, university activities, achievements and prizes, either in your employment history, at university or the in the community.
  • The Diversity and Inclusion team wants to get an understanding of who you are outside of your studies.

Career objectives

  • In this section, you should be clear about what your career goals are and what career interests you hope to pursue. Explain why you chose your course of study and how your studies are relevant to your career objectives.
  • The Diversity and Inclusion team are interested in knowing why you have applied for the internship and your interest in being considered for an internship in their department.

Personal achievement

  • This section is an opportunity for you to share an achievement you are most proud of either from your personal or professional life. In this section you are providing information to the Diversity and Inclusion team about how you work through a situation effectively to achieve a positive outcome. HINT: consider using the STAR approach when writing this section.
  • Think about what you write and whether it is appropriate for the Diversity and Inclusion team to know. This section will be seen by Divisions. If you do not want to reveal things about your personal life or your disability, then do not include it in this section. Only information beyond this question will not be disclosed to employers.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Renaye Watchirs via email at or on 6102 8183.

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life.  Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual.  Options may include part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that builds respect, fosters inclusiveness, promotes diversity, embraces the unique skills and qualities of all our employees and is committed to attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

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