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Digital Content intern

Do you have an interest in journalism, politics, public relations, or event manageme...

Priscilla Corbell Priscilla Corbell

What is an internship?

An internship is a temporary, fixed-length working arrangement designed to give you real-world experience and that gives you course credits towards your study.

Why do an internship?

An internship can be a bridge to employment. Most businesses are much happier to take on someone they know and like, so if you're a good candidate for an empty role, they may end up hiring you.

The main thing employers look for on a resume is experience in similar jobs. An internship is valuable in that regard, and the provider of the internship may be willing to serve as a reference for future job interviews.

Paid or unpaid?

Internships can be paid or unpaid, depending on the nature of the work. Take a look at the Fair Work factsheet for an understanding of when and why an internship should be paid or unpaid.

Unpaid Work Factsheet

Your rights & responsibilities

In an intern role you have certain rights and responsibilities:


  • To work in a healthy and safe environment (refer to your State's Work Health and Safety Act[s])
  • To be interviewed and employed in accordance with equal opportunity and anti-discrimination legislation
  • To be adequately covered by insurance
  • To be given accurate and truthful information about the organisation for which you are working
  • To be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the organisation for which you are working
  • To be given a copy of the organisation's policies that affects your work
  • To have a job description and agreed working hours
  • To have access to a grievance procedure
  • To be provided with orientation to the organisation
  • To have your confidential and personal information dealt with in accordance with the principles of the Privacy Act 1988


  • Respect confidentiality and privacy
  • Be punctual and reliable
  • Carry out the duties listed in your position description
  • Be accountable
  • Give notice if your availability changes or you are leaving the organisation
  • Report any injuries or hazards that you notice in the workplace
  • Adhere to the organisation's policies and procedures
  • Deal with complaints in the appropriate manner
  • Ask for support when needed
  • Support other team members