University Vacation Employment Program

University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP)

Applications for the 2023-24 University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP) are now closed. Applications for the 2024-25 program will open in July 2024.

Our University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP) is a paid internship run over the summer university break to help you kick start your career by gaining valuable experience in the Australian Public Service. You will have the opportunity to experience a taste of what it's like to work in Government, and experience our diverse and exciting portfolio areas—infrastructure, transport, regional development, communications and the creative industries. Throughout your placement, you will have the opportunity for a professional coaching session, learning and development opportunities as well as the opportunity to network with other Government agencies. The Program has flexible opportunities around commencement dates and length of placement, all to suit you and your schedule! Placement opportunities are determined through an Expression of Interest where individual preferences are matched with organisational requirements as much as possible. Placements vary significantly and could see you:

  • helping to set the course for Australia's digital future
  • developing policy that supports and protects our cultural heritage
  • regulating airports
  • assisting in the development of the 2032 Brisbane Olympics
  • developing policy for broadband, telecommunications and broadcasting
  • working on the development of the Inland Rail or Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport
  • supporting regional development and local communities around Australia.

No matter the placement you will take part in an exciting, rewarding and challenging experience that will support your future career. You will gain valuable on the job experience, meet other university students and develop professional networks that will help you advance your career. You will be encouraged to share your skills and knowledge and will work alongside a leadership team with subject matter expertise across a range of fields. During and after the program you will be supported by a dedicated Entry Level Programs team who are there for you every step of the way!

About the program

  • Applications are accepted from all disciplines and at any point of university studies.
  • No corporate work experience is required.
  • You will undertake an 8 to 12-week placement over the summer break between November and February.
  • You will be paid at the APS Level 2 throughout the internship—$56,642 per year (pro rata).


To be eligible you must meet the following requirements:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be a current undergraduate degree as a minimum (applications are accepted from students at any point in their study)
  • be available for 8 to 12 weeks between November and February
  • be able to meet our security requirements including a Police Check (paid by the department)
  • be prepared to relocate to Canberra for the program if you are from interstate; and
  • be able to meet the department's security requirements.

Our positions are primarily located in Canberra/Ngunawal Country, with some opportunity for remote placements in our regional offices. Any successful interstate candidates will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and associated costs.

Application requirements

You will need to submit:

  • a CV (of no more than 2 pages in length)
  • details of 2 referees (professional referees are preferred but not mandatory)
  • a response (of no longer than 500 words each) to a set of questions asking you to demonstrate your interest in working with us and the skills you would bring.

Key dates

Applications open

Monday 10 July 2023

Applications close

Monday 14 August 2023


August 2023


September 2023

Process finalised—offers made

October 2023

Program commencement

Various dates (November to December 2023)

*subject to change

What do our interns have to say?

Some of our past interns have shared their experience of the University Vacation Employment Program.

Sophie Young

Close up portrait photo of a smiling Sophie Young wearing a black long sleeve shirt. Sophie has long strawberry blonde hair and is wearing it to one side. .

"The University Vacation Employment Program (UVEP) at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts was an excellent experience that I would highly recommend to university students undertaking any degree."

"The program had desirable flexibility and was able to accommodate my availability throughout the summer. I was placed in the Postal International Engagement team which was well aligned with my International Relations degree. I was able to implement my existing knowledge and understanding, and can identify the benefit that working within this team has consequently had on my studies."

"Throughout the three-month internship, I greatly increased my understanding of the Australian Public Service (APS) and the interconnection between the work of the Department and Parliament. I completed a breadth of tasks and actively participated as a member of the team. I developed key skills as a Policy Officer, engaging with a variety of policy areas and working closely with colleagues and stakeholders."

"I had an excellent supervisor who facilitated my development and consistently sought opportunities for me. The UVEP cohort were well supported by a dedicated team who provided experiences for us to undergo personal and career training, as well as the chance to network with other interns."

"Following the conclusion of the program, I am very grateful to have been offered a non-ongoing position, and will work part-time while I finish my undergraduate degree. Being a UVEP at the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts has given me many opportunities, and I would strongly encourage interested university students to apply."

Declan Tancred

Close up portrait photo of a smiling Declan Tancred wearing a blue long sleeve collared shirt. Declan has brown hair and a moustache.

"As an engineering student being accepted into the UVEP program was an exciting prospect. The department were extremely helpful in finding a team that aligned with my engineering internship requirements whilst also allowing me to pursue an area that was of interest to me. The UVEP program and recruitment process was a very eye opening experience, where I witnessed the breadth of roles the department has to offer alongside the vast array of careers there are in the APS. On top of all this, I have also developed my engineering and professional workplace skills working alongside professional and hardworking APS colleagues and they have imparted wisdom and advice to me that will serve useful in my final year of my studies and my oncoming engineering career. As an intern, I was very fortunate to be surrounded by engineers and other experienced professionals who I was able to network with and gain key knowledge and skills from. Most importantly though, the program is extremely well run, the ELP team are very welcoming and genuinely care about your progress and want to see you gain the most out of the experience as possible, you have the opportunity to partake in numerous career building exercises and meet with other UVEP interns and interns of other departments of the APS. I would recommend the program to any aspiring engineers or university students alike who are want to be a part of a program that is invested in YOUR development."