“An internship really gets your foot in the door. Now I have much needed local experience, my professional network has grown and my confidence received a boost. I was also offered a contract.”
Benjamin, Readygrad Graduate
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Readygrad is a proud leader in the graduate employability space. We see a world where every graduate has the right skills and experience to pursue the career(s) of their choice. We lift the employability of tertiary students and graduates through relevant and industry-informed work-readiness training and work experience programs. We work closely with students, graduates, universities and education providers, and our industry partners to help increase the employability of our next generations.
Readygrad’s origins date back to 2012 when it was created by Owen Firth, a former recruiter & education entrepreneur, to offer work experience programs to graduates who could not break through to their first career step. At this time, it was known as Performance Careers and was a division of a larger business, Gradability, also founded by Owen.
In 2017, Gradability acquired Readygrad, a business started by former graduate recruiter Rohan Holland, to train students and graduates to prepare for the job search process and the workplace. Performance Careers and Readygrad merged to create one of Australia’s leading graduate employability specialists, delivering a broad suite of training and work experience solutions to students, educators and graduate recruiters.
In 2020, Owen Firth acquired the merged Readygrad from Gradability to give Readygrad the agility and focus to realise its vision. Today we are as passionate as ever about raising the bar on graduate employability, whether we are providing scalable work experience opportunities to the students of a university partner, delivering the hard truth about the recruitment process through webinars & online learning, or helping a corporate partner to better engage with the right graduates.
“The financial controller whom I worked closely with was impressed with me and recommended me to the managing director – I was then given a job offer”.
Elpha, Accounting graduate
Five reasons why Readygrad’s Professional Internship Program is your best career move:
1. Quality internship placement guaranteed
Readygrad internships* are recognised by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (AQSA) as a vocational training course. This means that we only offer quality internships that you stand to benefit from, with learning outcomes established from day one. We want you to have a real experience of working in your desired profession, so that you develop professionally and get the employability skills that you need to land your dream job.
2. Love your internship
We will match you with the right internship placement for you, taking into consideration your career goals, specific area of expertise, relevant experience, learning objectives, training needs and location. Our graduates achieve excellent program and employment outcomes, with many being offered employment by their internship host company.
3. Through the internship and beyond...
Once you’ve secured your internship, we’ll be on hand to offer you support and advice for the duration of your internship and beyond. Our team is made up of career specialists, and customer experience and student welfare experts that pride themselves on prioritising your needs and ensuring you get the best experience possible.
4. Excellent intern feedback
Many of our interns would recommend the Readygrad Professional Internship program to a friend. Find out here what they had to say and why they think that Readygrad is the best provider of internships in Australia!
5. No need to eat, sleep, work and repeat. We’re flexible.
Tell us your circumstances and we’ll work hard to accommodate. Whether you’re juggling study and work, have other life commitments to keep, want to spread your internship payments into smaller chunks or, all three, we’ve got you covered. Choose between a 3, 4 and 5 day internship placement and chat to our team about our flexible payment options.
Readygrad is one of the largest dedicated graduate employability specialist in Australia. As ex-graduate recruiters and development specialists, we are passionate about helping graduates get started in their chosen careers. We have helped thousands of interns launch their careers, and want to help you too.
Program Highlights & Inclusions
- Resume & interview preparation session
- Formal Training Agreement
- 12-week internship placement in your nominated profession
- Placement into a host organisation – we work with hundreds of host companies operating across most industries
- Formalised evaluation process with midpoint and exit placement reviews
- A dedicated Placement Consultant to mentor, coach and offer career advice throughout
- BSBOPS201 – Work effectively in business environments Statement of Attainment on successful completion of the program, provided by and delivered on behalf of Gradability Pty Ltd, RTO 91436.
- Workers’ Compensation Insurance required for the placement
- To work within organisational requirements
- To work as part of a team
- To develop effective workplace habits
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, students will have the opportunity to:
- Observe, contribute to and participate in business meetings
- Read relevant organisational documents e.g. position descriptions, policies and procedures
- Practise professional writing skills including emails, agendas, meeting minutes and reports
- Establish workplace relationships and build a professional network
- Build professional business communication skills
- Expand understanding of the application of legislation in the workplace
The Professional Internship Program is a 16-week program with two stages.
Stage 1: Preparation & Interviews
The first stage of the Professional Internship Program is all about getting you ready to ace your internship placement. You will meet with your Placement Consultant who will talk with you to understand more about you and your career goals. You’ll work together to perfect your resume, boost your confidence through our interview workshop, and we will ensure you are ready for the workplace with our online Work Health and Safety (WHS) training. We’ll also be busy matching you to internship opportunities at one of hundreds of our host companies and arranging interviews.
Stage 2: 12-Week Professional Internship Placement
Your internship placement will help you bridge the gap between study and work – you’ll have the opportunity to apply what you have learnt at university to a professional work environment and be involved in work-related tasks and projects relevant to your area of study. Readygrad specialises in accounting, engineering, finance, HR, IT, and business and marketing placements. You can find out more about the type of placements our host companies are offering on our internship opportunities page.
- Be 18 years of age or older
- Completed or enrolled in a degree or diploma in the area of your nominated internship placement
- Availability for a minimum of three days a week during office hours for placement
- IELTS 6.0 score overall with no less than 6.0 in each skill, or equivalent, if applicable
- Abide by the Readygrad Student Code of Conduct, including maintaining professional standards and attitudes at all times at Readygrad campuses and at the host company
Unsure if you qualify for the course? Contact our team today: +61 (0)3 7034 4411
Our Professional Internship Program* includes a fee of $2,500 ($3,500 Engineering), which you can pay by instalments. The cost of the program covers your consultation, preparation, internship placement, insurance, certification and ongoing support.
Other Important Info
Readygrad Professional Internship Programs specialise in the fields of accounting, engineering, finance, HR, IT and marketing placements. Placements in other disciplines such as, but not limited to, engineering may take up to 8 weeks to secure as these areas have a broader scope across the market. Readygrad works hard to ensure that student placements are conducted in a professional company that meets regulatory requirements as well as student’s needs. At times this process can take between 4-8 weeks.
Ready to chase the career you’ve always dreamed of? It’s time to shine with a Readygrad internship!
Vincent Nguyen, HR Placement
My primary reason for seeking an internship placement was to get local experience in my area of study and increase the possibility of landing a job. I received instant support from my Placement Consultant. Performance Careers found me a great internship and I can see how they strive to get placements for their students. I was also offered a full time position with the host company as a HR Consultant! To me, Performance Careers = quality.
Michelle Byrgiotis, HR Placement
I did a placement to gain a competitive advantage before heading into the workforce. There are a lot of applicants out there, so I thought if I had experience in the field I would become a better candidate. While interning at my host company, I learnt so much about HR that I didn’t know about and realised HR is something I want to make a career out of. The internship is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and I highly recommend it.
Anastasiya Serova, Supply Chain/Project Management Placement
After facing difficulties related to job hunting due to a lack of local work experience, I decided to do an internship placement. I have developed my communication and negotiation skills, learnt business process mapping in MS Visio and increased my knowledge about supply chain management. I would definitely recommend an internship program – it has been a great opportunity to gain experience and expand my business network. Moreover, I’m sure the program increases your employability; it has enhanced both my CV and my position in the labour market!
Zion Robinson, Project Management Placement
Most jobs now require prior experience. An internship placement sets you up and gives you an opportunity to learn and grow yourself to be a successful asset to a company. It allows for greater industry experience giving you that extra advantage in the ‘job hunting’ market. An internship also offers you the opportunity to meet new contacts which are useful to the industry. I feel without this internship, I would still be lacking the required experience needed to successfully get a full time role. As a result of the internship, I have been offered a position!
Blandine Malapel, Marketing Placement
My placement search was greatly facilitated by my consultant who took care of everything so that my single focus was to be ready to secure an opportunity on the day of the interview. From the very first day of my placement, I was given the chance to learn by being invited to a lot of different meetings. The placement really opened my eyes to the world of experiential marketing. I had studied the subject in theory for a long time but on the field, you need more than just the big idea to make it happen. During this internship I was respected as a responsible professional. I would never have had the opportunity to find my dream internship without the help of Performance Careers.
Abegail Soriano, IT Placement
The real world is different and there’s a lot of adjustment but it is worth it. My host company was very welcoming and treated me with respect. The placement experience equipped me with confidence and a positive attitude towards dealing with difficulties in the workforce. Aside from technical skills, it also enhanced my public relations, customer service and communication skills. Performance Careers believed in me, and fully supported and prepared me to become confident and successful. They worked endlessly to provide me with the best internship placement.
Peikai (Kyle) Wang, IT Placement
I have various theoretical knowledge via previous study; during the internship, I not only reorganised this knowledge in my mind, but also acquired new skills in the process of work on valuable real-world commercial products. I learnt Ruby on rails, programming based on MVC models, version control system GitHub and MySQL. Performance Careers has really helped me grow. I would recommend an internship placement program as it is a platform to obtain experience and show your talent.
Ijegbai Amos Iruemi, IT Placement
There is a big difference between what you are taught in a classroom and what you find through working. During my internship placement my supervisor explained how to be successful in the IT industry and gave constructive feedback. It has given me a solid foundation in IT, added to my skills, given me an edge over other graduates and increased my employability. Performance Careers is focussed on making university graduates employable. After my internship and workshop experiences with them, I feel very confident about acing an interview and getting my dream job.
Prabison Chitrakar, Accounting Placement
Starting off your career as an intern didn’t seem like a good idea to me at first, but looking back, I think it is one of the best decisions that I have made. I would recommend all students to give it a go and see if that is what you want to be doing in your future. During my internship I was involved in different projects, my mentor was very friendly, every learning curve was interesting, and Performance Careers gave me good career advice. Also, 1.5 months after my internship placement, the company offered me a full time role!
Thuy Linh Le, Accounting Placement
I undertook an internship placement to gain Australian workplace experience to equip myself and get used to the Australian work culture. Performance Careers was very understanding of my situation and found a quality host company for me. I met very lovely people and my mentor was very nice and understanding. I also received valuable career tips and advice from them which will serve me well in the future. Furthermore, I have very solid local reference from my mentors who acknowledged my hard work and passion.
Melannie Miao, Accounting Placement
Performance Careers has given me a bright future and made my life much easier. At the beginning of my placement, I was nervous and afraid to ask questions. But 6 weeks in, I felt more confident because the teams were extremely supportive. In my studies, you only needed to get 80% for a high distinction, but at work, you must be 100% perfect. I have learnt to be more accurate and have a better view of daily accounting tasks. I now feel confident in this area, and can pick it up very quickly.
Discover more real stories on our testimonial page. Ready to start your Career Success journey?
Applying for a Readygrad’s Professional Internship Program* is easier than you think. Follow these steps to secure your placement.
Step one: Check your eligibility.
Do you meet these requirements?
- 18 years old, or over
- Currently studying towards or have completed a degree or diploma that is relevant to the internship opportunity you’d like to apply for
- Available for at least three days a week during normal business hours for the internship
- IELTS 6.0 score or above with no less than 6.0 in each skill, or equivalent (if applicable).
If yes, awesome! It’s time to arrange a free chat with the Readygrad team.
Step two: Arrange a consultation.
There are lots of way you can get in touch with the team:
- Choose the available internship opportunity you are interested in and hit ‘Apply Now’
- Enquire online on the Readygrad website
- Email us at [email protected]
- Call us – +61 (03) 7034 4411
Step three: Get your documents ready.
To apply you’ll need to prep the following documents;
- Copy of relevant academic transcripts and completion letter
- Copy of resume
- Copy of current photo ID
- Copy of relevant Skills Assessment (if you have one)
- Copy of current photo ID
Copy of current English language test result certificate demonstrating an overall IELTS test score of overall 6.0 and 6.0 across each band, or equivalent (if applicable)
It’s that easy!
Once you have confirmed your spot in the program you’ll be assigned to a Placement Consultant who will work with you to find you the perfect internship placement for you.
You can start the program every fortnight on a Monday – so what are you waiting for.
*The Professional Internship Program contains a nationally recognised Unit of Competency BSBOPS201 – Work effectively in business environments, provided by and delivered on behalf of Gradability Pty Ltd, RTO 91436. Students will obtain a Statement of Attainment for BSBOPS201 – Work effectively in business environments once all training and assessment has been competently achieved.