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Intern Survey


This annual survey summarises the views and experiences of around 1,700 students who have participated in a work experience placement during the preceding 12 months. The survey collects data from these interns on a range of attitudes and opinions towards their employer and about their experiences on their internship program.

An 'intern' means a university student who has taken part in a formal work experience program. Such programs go by a variety of names including vacation work, clerkship, internship, practicum, industry placement and work integrated learning. We use 'internship' to describe all of these types of program and 'intern' to describe all participants.

Why is it useful?

Employers use the survey results to understand the experiences of interns during their internship program and their views on 'expectations versus reality'.

When does it happen?

Data collection for the Intern Survey takes place in February and March each year. Participation is free. A summary report is released in May/June. We invite every employer on our database to participate.

Top Intern Programs

The responses collected from the Intern Survey are also used to create the AAGE's annual list of the Top Intern Programs in Australia:


2020 Intern Survey

The 2020 Intern Survey collected responses from over 1,700 interns who were part of an internship program at one of 112 different employers. 

Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, AECOM Australia, Airbus, Alcoa of Australia, Allens, ANZ Banking Group (Aust), APA Group, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Auditor-General's Department - SA, Aurecon, Australia Post, Australian National University, Australian Taxation Office, AustralianSuper, BAE Systems Australia, BDO, BHP Billiton, BP Australia, Brisbane City Council, Calibre, Caltex, Carlton & United Breweries, Carsales, Chamber of Commece and Industry Western Australia, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Clayton Utz, Clifford Chance, Clough Projects, Colgate-Palmolive, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), Corrs Chambers Westgarth, CSIRO, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Department of the Environment and Energy, Department of Treasury (WA), DLA Piper, Energy Queensland, Ernst & Young, Evans Dixon, Evolution Mining, Fulton Hogan, GHD, Gilbert + Tobin, Gold Fields, Grant Thornton Australia, Hatch, Herbert Smith Freehills, Honeywell, IBM Australia, IMC Pacific, Jacaranda Flame Consulting, John Holland Group, Johnson Winter & Slattery, Kelly + Partners, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O'Rourke, Linfox Australia, Lockheed Martin Australia, Macquarie Group, Main Roads WA, McGrathNicol, MinterEllison, Mirvac, National Australia Bank, NetApp, Norton Rose Fulbright, Nous Group, Pitcher Partners, PPG Industries, Procter & Gamble Australia, Project Everest Ventures, Public Transport Authority, PwC, Quantium, Queensland Audit Office, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland Urban Utilitites, RAA, RACQ, Reserve Bank of Australia, ResMed, Rio Tinto, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, Santos, SAP Australia, Schneider Electric Australia, ShineWing Australia, South32, Suncorp, Sydney Water, Synergy, TAL, Tasmanian Networks, TechnologyOne, Telstra, The University of Melbourne, Thomson Geer, Transport for NSW, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, Wood, Woodside Energy, Woolworths Group, Xero.

The 2020 Intern Survey summary report is now available for purchase (soft copy). Please click here to place your order.

The survey provides the latest information on:

- Promotions and sources of information used by interns
- Satisfaction levels
- Ratings of internships and employers.

For organisations wishing to purchase a copy of the survey (soft copy), the price structure is as follows:

  • AAGE Participating Member: FREE (member participants have been automatically sent a copy of the report)
  • AAGE Member: $250 + GST
  • AAGE Member (Not-For-Profit): $150 + GST
  • Standard (Non-Member) Survey Participant Rate: $400 + GST
  • Standard Rate (Non-Member): $500 + GST

Please contact to clarify your organisation's participation or with any queries.

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