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Internships or Extended Practicum Placements

Murdoch, in collaboration with its ‘Partnership Schools’, offers a wide range of nationally recognised internship programs that provide for a full year of school immersion experience for final year education students (including Grad Dip and M.Teach students).

Fourth term PSTs also have the option to work the fourth school term with a Limited Authority to Teach. As a result, interns are actively sought out and successful in obtaining employment, as educational stakeholders involved in extended placements have recognized and valued the preparedness of Pre-Service Teachers (PSTs) who exit the programs. Click here to read about a student's internship experience and how that benefitted her future employment prospects.

Long term (one year) Internship Options

EARLY CHILDHOOD / PRIMARY

  • Kingston Primary - Australind (link)
  • Perth Metro Primary (link)
  • Wheatbelt Primary & Secondary (link)
  • Rural (other) Primary (link)

SECONDARY

  • Manea Senior College - Bunbury (link)
  • Baldivis Secondary; Comet Bay College - Rockingham Peel (link)
  • Perth Metro Secondary (link)
  • Pilbara Cities Secondary (link)
  • Bold Park Community School (link)
  • Scotch College Middle School (link)
  • Wheatbelt Primary & Secondary (link)
  • Rural (other) Secondary (link)


    NOTE – You can still apply for Internships if you are planning to enrol in the Grad. Dip, but have not yet been formally accepted. 
    Email ProfessionalExperience@murdoch.edu.au for more information.

How it works

Interns will be attached to a school from the start of the year through to the end of the year (before and after university start and finish dates). The amount of contact time in the assigned school is different for each program – some are 1 day a week building to full time. All programs complete a ‘full block placement’ in third term. NOTE: Students who choose to complete an ‘extended practicum’, as an alternative to Murdoch's 10 week block Final Professional Experience, must change their enrolment to external whilst undertaking the internship.

Earn while you learn

The financial support provided by the Department of Education (up to $10,000 total, paid in fortnightly instalments) gives priority to, but is not limited to:

• Secondary - Math, Science, LOTE (Languages Other Than English) in metropolitan areas;
• Secondary - in all subject areas for RURAL placements; and
• Primary/Early Childhood - for RURAL and hard to staff schools.
• All rural interns will also receive subsidised housing during the year.
*must be an Australian Permanent Resident (or New Zealand citizen) to qualify for funding.


For more information, email Denise Cameron at the Department of Education (Denise.Cameron2@education.wa.edu.au) or click here.

Short Term Internship Options

  • 10 WEEKS FINAL PLACEMENT -Rural Teacher Practicum Program - Early Childhood/Primary/Secondary (link)- 1 term in a country school - Department of Education funding may be available for eligible students - click here for more information.
  • 2 WEEK RURAL PLACEMENT -  3rd year B.Ed Primary and Secondary - Wheatbelt (Primary & Secondary) / Kalgoorlie (Primary & Secondary) / Australind-Bunbury (Primary only)
  • 2 WEEK SINGAPORE PLACEMENT - 3rd year  B.Ed ECE & Primary - self-funded -  Click here for more information.
  • 2 WEEK INDIA PLACEMENT - B.Ed HPE / Sports Science (for sports practicum EDN357) -  self-funded - Click here for more information.
  • 2 WEEK CHINA PLACEMENT - 3rd year B.Ed ECE & Primary - Federal Government funding (New Colombo Plan) is available for eligible students to cover student flights, visas and accommodation. Click here for more information.
  • 2 WEEK THAILAND (Phuket) PLACEMENT - 3rd year B.Ed HPE / Sports Science - Federal Government funding (New Colombo Plan) is available for eligible students to cover student flights and accommodation. Click here for more information.

How to apply 

Eligible students will be notified of Internship application dates via SONIA announcements. NOTE – You can still apply for Internships if you are planning to enrol in the Grad. Dip, but have not yet been formally accepted. Email ProfessionalExperience@murdoch.edu.au for more information.

The criteria to become an intern are:
-To have at least a D average;
-Competent speaking and writing skills;
-Demonstration of a professional approach, eg cooperative, resilient, keen to learn, organised (previous prac reports and your responses to questions in the application form can demonstrate this)
-Commitment and passion to work with young people (this can be demonstrated by your approach to teaching expressed in the application form and other things you might have done, like tutoring or coaching)

Find out more

Murdoch University's internships programs feature in this Best Practice presentation from AITSL (Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership).