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10 September 2021

Kickstart your career with a paid internship.

Here at Leap in! we are passionate about initiatives that create meaningful employment and career pathways for people with a disability.

So today we’re sharing a fantastic paid internship opportunity for university students who identify as having a disability.

Applications are now open for the Stepping Into Summer paid internship program. Read on for all the details, including how to apply!

Stepping Into Summer paid internship program.

The Stepping Into Summer program, an Australian Network on Disability (AND) initiative, matches talented university students with a disability to roles in leading Australian businesses.

More than 200 internships are available across capital cities and regional areas. The types of projects, start dates and length of the internships vary depending on the organisation.

The internships are diverse and exciting. Picture yourself interning in special projects at Triple J? How about as a Business Analyst at BHP? Or even a playground visitor host at the Australian Museum?

Even better, the internships are paid, including superannuation. Employers pay a pro-rata salary based on the duties performed and abiding by Fair Work standards.

Whatever degree you are studying, chances are there is a role that is right for you.

Types of roles.

The roles are diverse and cover a wide range of disciplines, including human resources, law, business, digital technology, arts, statistics and social science. Some roles are open to students of all degrees and disciplines.

  • Marketing and communication
  • Human resources
  • Policy and research
  • IT, cyber security and web development
  • Design and graphic design
  • Administration
  • Mental health
  • Data analyst
  • Legal services
  • Finance and banking.

Participating organisations.

Below are just some of the organisations offering internships.

  • Australia Post
  • ABC
  • ASIC
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Comcare
  • Department of Education, Skills and Employment
  • IAG
  • IP Australia
  • Local councils
  • NDIA
  • Nestle Australia
  • State government agencies in NSW, Victoria and QLD
  • The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network
  • Universities and TAFEs.


Eligibility criteria differ for each organisation and role. Some roles are only open to Australian citizens and permanent residents, while others are also open to international students (with full working rights).

Most roles are for students in their second last or final year who identify as having a disability. Candidates may be required to undergo background checks or security clearances.

How to apply.

  1. Head over to the Australian Network on Disability for full details
  2. Find a role you are interested in
  3. Download the position description
  4. Head to the online application form to complete your application.

The online forms have loads of tips on how to apply and what information to include.

Applications close on 3rd October 2021.

Contact the AND Programs Team at applications@and.org.au or 1300 363 645 for further information.

Good luck!

Leap in! supports inclusive employment.   

As a founding member of the Inclusive Employment Movement, Leap in! has created an ebook to help employers provide better access to career development and opportunities for people of all abilities.

The ebook contains some handy tips, such as the types of assistance and support available to employers exploring opportunities for people with diverse abilities.

Download your free copy of the Inclusive Employment ebook.

Further reading

Inclusive employment: Latest Leap in! ebook.

The NDIS and employment: Creating new opportunities.

Disability and employment: What you need to know.