Successful applicants, who are studying a broad range of courses, partake in meaningful projects over the 12-week professional internships. The number of VU students taking part continues to grow, with eight participating in 2021. Internships take place during university holidays, so they don’t conflict with study demands.
CareerTrackers Program Manager Talia Elliott says in addition to invaluable, paid workplace experience, the benefits are numerous and enduring:
“The real advantage of this program is that students gain transferable soft skills, connections and mentors. Managers become references, and students gain industry insights that can kick start careers.”
CareerTrackers also incorporates one-on-one support, networking events, résumé and interview skills, interview preparation and confidence building.
Aboriginal Student Support Officer at VU Marcus Brooke says that students engaged with CareerTrackers have shared with him the program’s positive impacts, including invaluable industry work, care and mentoring:
“Hearing the fantastic feedback the program has had on our students’ employability and skills, we are pleased to continually support their ambitions and involvement with CareerTrackers.”
Gamberre (WA) woman and third-year Bachelor of Science student Stella Rose Lay participated in a 12-week CareerTrackers internship during the 2021 summer break, at engineering firm Mott MacDonald.
“It was so beneficial to gain real-life experience in a STEM-related organisation,” Stella Rose says.
“My previous work has been in retail and hospitality, so my internship has gotten me closer to my chosen field. It was a supportive work environment and it boosted my confidence and future career prospects.”
In an important conclusion to the program, CareerTrackers alumni become mentors and demonstrate leadership to their peers.