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Intern Survey


This annual survey summarises the views and experiences of around 1,300 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:


2019 Intern Survey

The 2019 Intern Survey collected responses from over 1,300 interns who were part of an internship program at one of 63 different employers. 

Participating employers included:

Accenture Australia, AECOM Australia, Airbus, Allens, Allianz Australia, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, APA Group, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Aurecon Australia, Australia Post, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, BDO, BHP Billiton, BMD Group, BP Australia, Carlton & United Breweries, Carsales, Chevron Australia, CIMIC Group, Clayton Utz, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ConocoPhillips, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Deloitte, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, DLA Piper, Eifers Civil, Energy Queensland, eNett International, EY, Evans Dixon, ExxonMobil, Fulton Hogan, Gallagher Bassett, GBS Accountants, GHD, Gilbert + Tobin, Glencore Australia Holdings, Hatch, Herbert Smith Freehills, IBM Australia, K&L Gates, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O'Rourke, Lendlease, Lockheed Martin Australia, McGrathNicol, Metroll, Microsoft, Minter Ellison Lawyers, Monadelphous Group, MYOB, National Australia Bank, Nestle Australia, Newmont Asia Pacific, Norton Rose Fulbright, Origin Energy, Pitcher Partners Advisors, PPG Industries, Procter & Gamble Australia, Public Transport Authority, PwC, Quantium, Queensland Urban Utilities, Reserve Bank of Australia, ResMed, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, Russell Kennedy, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, SAP, ShineWing Australia, South32, Stockland, Tasmanian Networks, Technology One, Telstra Corporation, Transport for NSW, Transurban, VicRoads, Water Corporation, Westpac Group, WiseTech Global, Wood, Woodside Energy, Xero, Yarra Valley Water.

The 2019 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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