Improve your employability

Build the skills employers are looking for by getting involved in professional placements, internships and volunteering.

There are plenty of ways you can get workplace experience and develop skills that will look great on your résumé.

Skills employers are looking for

Employers value graduates who can demonstrate skills such as:

  • written and verbal communication skills
  • emotional intelligence (including self-awareness, self-regulation and self-motivation)
  • reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • technical skills
  • leadership skills.

Employers value real-world professional experience, and look for employees who will fit in with the culture of their organisation.

Opportunities to build your skills

Global opportunities

Virtual Internship Program

This paid 12-week internship gives you the opportunity work with a social enterprise based in Pune, India. Applications will open in February. 

You will work with a team of seven students from Swinburne and the University of Birmingham in the UK. This is an online internship with no need to travel.

The program includes professional development workshops and one-on-one career consultations. You will learn to navigate a virtual work environment and get experience coming up with creative solutions.

You can apply for this internship if you’re a local student studying a full-time bachelor’s degree.

For more information, email

Global Citizen Program

Global Citizen is an international policy and advocacy organisation. Interns work from their headquarters in New York, assisting their Global Policy and Advocacy team. A major part of the work will include supporting the Global Citizen Festival, a music event featuring headliners such as Rihanna and Metallica and held in Central Park. Applications open in late February/March.

To find out more, email

Scanlon Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship

This fellowship enables two Swinburne students to travel to two regions overseas and learn about different ways of leading and governing. Applications for the fellowship open in late February and close at the end of March.

The program aims to equip these students with the knowledge to become socially responsive leaders and make a difference in Australia's multicultural society.

This fellowship is a partnership between Swinburne, the Scanlon Foundation and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

To find out more, email