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

Please be advised the Virtual Internship Program is currently on hold. 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. In 2018, the successful fellows will travel to Vietnam and Sri Lanka. Applications for the fellowship will open on Monday 26 February and close on Friday 30 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