The Stepping Into™ program offers practical paid work experience for successful
students with disability who may face significant obstacles in gaining
employment. Obstacles include such things as academic transcripts that don’t
reflect the students’ real potential, or having limited opportunity to
participate in part time work while studying. The participating employers are
pioneers within their field and are taking a leadership role in providing
opportunities to students with disability to access internship opportunities.
The Stepping Into program involves a recruitment process and includes an
application, interview and selection processes with employers. Successful
applicants will have the opportunity to complete a paid work experience program
with one of our participating employers. You will also be required to participate in a student briefing at the
commencement of the program.
You must be completing a degree in a relevant field to the internship on offer.
To be eligible for this program, you must have a disability and be enrolled in a relevant degree at a recognised tertiary
institution. You must be able to commit to the entire program. You must also be
an Australian Citizen and / or have full working rights in Australia.
Any information about your disability will be removed prior to sending your
application to the participating employers.
Employers that you are shortlisted to are responsible for selecting and
notifying candidates for interview and offering candidates a position in their
All sections of this Application Form must be completed. Please attach the
following information (applications without the following documents attached
will not be considered):
transcript (official or unofficial accepted)
disability information (such as your Disability Access Plan from
Disability Services at your University)
TIPS ON FILLING OUT APPLICATION FORM
It is important that the responses you provide in this application clearly
articulate your skills and abilities. Below are some tips and guidelines for
answering the sections of this application form in order to help you provide
sufficient information in your application
you complete all fields. Leaving any section blank is an incomplete
for spelling, grammar and language. Get someone to proof-read before submitting.
you use industry related terms or acronyms, ensure you elaborate, and ask
yourself, would the recruiter understand this?
Other interests, activities and
this section, you should mention any involvement in extracurricular
activities such as sporting clubs, university activities, achievements and
prizes, either in your employment history, at university or the community.
employer wants to get an understanding of who you are outside of your
this section, you should be clear about what your career goals are, what
career interests you hope to pursue. Explain why you chose your course of
study and how your studies are relevant to your career objectives.
employer is interested in knowing why you have applied for the internship
and your interest in being considered for an internship in their
Other work related skills and abilities
this section, include any work-related skills and abilities you have and
for each, provide an example of how you have demonstrated such skill
either through your employment history, university or in the community.
skills could include technical skills (for example, specific computer
programs/software you have competencies in) or soft skills (such as customer
service, communications skills and ability to work in a team).
employer is interested in how your skills and abilities will match the
internship offered and your ability to work effectively in their
section is an opportunity for you to share an achievement you are most
proud of either from your personal or professional life. In this section
you are providing information to an employer about how you work through a
situation effectively to achieve a positive outcome. HINT: consider using the STAR approach
when writing this section.
about what you write and whether it is appropriate for an employer to
know. This section will be seen by employers. If you do not want to reveal
things about your personal life or your disability, then do not include it
in this section. Only information beyond this question will not be
disclosed to employers.