Internships

INTERNSHIP INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: Green Steps internships are for students who have already completed the training component of the Green Steps program. In order to undertake an internship in the future, you must apply for the training program. Visit our Upcoming Programs to find out about programs near you!

Internships offer current Green Steps participants the chance to put their skills learnt through the program into practice. They provide a valuable experience to students on what it takes to work within an organisation to make a positive change on creating sustainable places to work.

How do I secure an internship?

There are two ways to secure an internship as part of the Green Steps project:

  1. Green Steps sources a number of opportunities that are promoted to current Green Steps students to apply for. These will be emailed to you as and when they arise and you are required to apply for these as you would any job opportunity, with an interview and selection process to follow on.
  2. You can fast track this by sourcing your own internship by approaching organisations you would like to work for directly. Should you successfully secure a placement, you will need to notify the host of the costs and agreement with Green Steps through Monash University to ensure all relevant insurance and fees are covered through the program.

How long are the internships?

Each internship is a total of 15 days. These can be completed full time over three weeks or part time across several weeks. The scheduled work days must be negotiated between you and the host.

What type of project can I expect?

Projects vary greatly depending on the type of organisation, however as a rule, all internships must be related to organisational sustainability and be based on topics that you have learnt through the Green Steps @ Uni training. Examples include:

  • Energy, waste and water audits
  • ‘Green Office’ programs
  • Carbon Footprint reporting
  • Communicating for sustainability
  • Creating environmental policies
  • Green events planning
  • Environmental reporting
  • Behaviour change programs
  • Research programs
  • Operations assessments

Will Green Steps support me?

In addition to the training you have been on and the resources provided to you in the training pack, the Green Steps Internship Coordinator will be your point of contact for queries and issues related to the internship. They will be able to talk you through various elements of the project and help point you to relevant resources and materials that will support the successful completion of your internship. 

Do organisations pay to host interns?

Yes. A host organisation must pay to host a Green Steps intern. The fee covers your stipend payment, workplace insurance and administration to manage the internship placement as part of the overall Green Steps @ Uni program.

Do I get paid for the internship?

Yes. Each student is paid a tax free stipend payment of $750 upon completion of the internship and the submission of their completed final report. Please note, not all Green Steps @ Uni programs operate under this model so please check your university’s program for clarification

Are internships compulsory?

In most cases, the internship component of the Green Steps @ Uni is compulsory in order to graduate from the program.

Past host organisations

  • Adelaide City Council
  • Department of Treasury and Finance - Vic
  • Alexandra and Associates
  • KPMG
  • Alinta
  • Lonely Planet Publishing
  • Anglo Coal Australia
  • Melbourne City Council
  • ANZ Banking Group
  • Moreland City Council
  • Australian Council for Educational Research
  • Municipal Association of Victoria
  • Aviva Insurance Group
  • National Tertiary Education Union
  • Bayside City Council
  • Origin Energy
  • BP Australia
  • Parks Victoria
  • Central Coast Council (Tasmania)
  • Parsons Brinkerhoff
  • Chisholm Institute of TAFE
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • City of Monash
  • Telstra
  • City of Port Philip
  • The Blood Bank
  • City of Stonnington
  • The University of Melbourne
  • City of Whitehorse
  • Toyota Motor Corporation Australia
  • Coca-Cola Amatil
  • Victoria University of Technology
  • Coles Supermarkets
  • Visy Industries
  • De Bortoli
  • Vodafone
  • Department of Human Services - Vic
  • Yarra Valley Water