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Intern Survey


This annual survey summarises the views and experiences of around 1,200 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 January, 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:


2021 Intern Survey

The 2021 Intern Survey collected responses from over 1,200 interns who were part of an internship program at one of 108 different employers. 

Participating employers included:

AECOM, Allens, Americold, ANZ, APA Group, Arnold Bloch Leibler, Arup, Ashurst, Atlassian, Aurecon, Australian Taxation Office, BAE Systems Australia, Baker McKenzie, Bank of Queensland, BDO, BHP, BIA5, BP Australia, Canva, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia, Chevron, CIMIC Group, Clayton Utz, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, CSIRO, Deloitte, Department of Defence, Department of Health, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Department of Social Services, Department of Transport (VIC), Department of Transport and Main Roads (Qld), Department of Treasury (WA), DLA Piper, Downer Group, E&P Financial Group, Energy Queensland, EY, Fujitsu, GHD, Gilbert + Tobin, Glencore, Grant Thornton, Hatch, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hitachi, HopgoodGanim Lawyers, IMC Trading, Jacobs Group, John Holland Group, Johnson Winter & Slattery, KBR, King & Wood Mallesons, KordaMentha, KPMG, Laing O'Rourke, Legal Aid, Linfox, Maddocks, McCullough Robertson, McGrathNicol, MinterEllison, Mirvac, Monadelphous, MYOB, NAB, Nestle Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright, NTT, Optiver, Pitcher Partners, PPG Industries, Pritchard Francis, Procter & Gamble, Project Everest Ventures, Public Transport Authority of WA, PwC, Queensland University of Technology, RAA, Reserve Bank of Australia, ResMed, Rio Tinto, RSM Australia, SA Power Networks, Saab Australia, SAP, Schneider Electric, ShineWing, SIG, SMEC, Stockland, Suncorp, Synergy, Tasmanian Networks, Telstra, ThoughtWorks Australia, Transport for NSW, Transurban, Unilever Australia, University of New South Wales, Water Corporation, Westpac, William Buck, Woodside Energy, Woolworths, Xero, Yancoal.

The 2021 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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