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Communications intern program

Government Communications Advice (GCA) is pleased to facilitate the across Government Communications Intern Program. Partnering with universities to enable undergraduate and postgraduate students to undertake internships within public sector agencies.

The internship program provides agencies the opportunity to nurture talented professionals in a range of communications disciplines, from whole of sector projects to initiatives within discrete business units.

Interns do not receive remuneration during their internship and are not employees of the public sector. Students perform duties similar to that of a professional or recent graduate on a full-time or part-time basis.

GCA coordinate the Communications Internship Program and provide information and assistance to agency internship supervisors, human resource practitioners and university student coordinators.

If you are interested in hosting an intern you will need to:

  • Identify a project suitable for a student
  • Complete a project proposal
  • Submit the project proposal to govcommunications@sa.gov.au
  • Once the proposal has been accepted by the university GCA will contact you to commence the Placement Agreement process.

Once an internship has been agreed, an Internship Program Placement Agreement is completed and signed by the public sector agency. This is then forwarded to GCA for subsequent signing by the student and university. This agreement establishes the placement requirements, roles and obligations of each party. Please see How to complete a Placement Agreement for further information.

For further information on the whole of Government Intern Program please refer to the agency information sheet.

Current intern opportunities

Please check back for the next round of opportunities. 
If you are interested in the opportunity to host a student please complete the project proposal and submit it to govcommunications@sa.gov.au
If you are lacking inspiration please refer to the Univeristy of South Australia under the Participating Universities section below.

Participating universities

University of South Australia (UniSA)

Each year UniSA has more than 100 communications students seeking suitable placements through the COM3063 Internship or Project course. Students undertake an internship or project for formal course credit across a number of communications related disciplines. UniSA has compiled an extensive list of project role examples.

If you are struggling to identify a suitable project UniSA have put together some suggested project ideas or alternatively if you have a job description or even dot points outlining tasks and duties UniSA are happy to assist in formulating a project proposal using this as a basis.

If you are interested in hosting a UniSA intern it is important to note that students must undertake a minimum of 80 industry hours. Students can complete more than 80 hours through negotiation with both the student and the University.

Students typically seek placements commencing in January and July, however if you have a project that falls outside of these dates please still submit your proposal to GCA as we may still be able to place an intern.

At the completion of the program the University will undertake an evaluation of the interns experience and performance.

The Information for hosts factsheet provides further detail on what is involved and how your agency and the student can get the most out of the experience.

Please note: The University of South Australia provides insurance cover for eligible students.

Please refer to thUniSA website or more detailed information.

Check back regularly for other universities and training provider intern opportunities.

If you work for a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) interested in participating in our whole of Government Communications Intern Program please contact GCA on govcommunications@sa.gov.au.


If you are a communications student seeking an internship in the public sector please contact the internship coordinator at your training provider or university.