The future of democracy: Young people’s internship

We are seeking applicants for our new internship program The future of democracy: Young people's internship.

This internship is part of a wider plan aimed at increasing electoral engagement amongst younger voters.

You are strongly encouraged to apply if you are:

  • aged between 18–29
  • currently enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year of a Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with units in public or electoral policy, governance, public administration, or related fields.

The internship requires 200 hours of work (employed at VPS grade 1.1 as per the Victorian Public Service Enterprise Agreement 2020) spread over a 10 to 12 week period.  

The successful applicant will be provided with ongoing supervision and mentorship with a focus on a particular electoral policy issue. You will conduct a short piece of research and develop a series of viable recommendations or solutions aimed at improving our voter services.

This internship provides an excellent opportunity to gain experience working in a public sector organisation. You will develop knowledge of electoral law and its applications and contribute to the ongoing work of our voter engagement services.

To apply

Email a copy of your resume and a one-page letter explaining:

  • why you want to work at the VEC
  • how this internship will contribute to your current studies, course completion or career aspirations
  • what you can bring to the role and to the VEC.

Send your expression of interest to Any questions about the internship can also be directed here.

Key dates

  • Expressions of interest are due by 5 pm on Sunday 6 March.
  • An online interview will be offered to shortlisted applicants in the week beginning Monday 7 March.
  • The successful applicant will be advised by Friday 11 March.
  • The anticipated start date is no later than Monday 4 April.

What we offer

We offer a supportive environment that encourages continuous leadership development and career growth. We provide a diverse and inclusive environment where you will be comfortable bringing your whole self to work.

We are committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. We encourage candidates to speak with a member of our recruitment team if you require adjustments to our recruitment process to support you.

We are an equal opportunity employer*. We highly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and people from multicultural communities to apply. As a 'Child Safe' organisation we are also committed to the health, wellbeing and safety of children and young people. This commitment is taken seriously and all employees are expected to be aware of and comply with this commitment. Successful applicants will be required to satisfy character clearance requirements, including but not limited to national police check and working with children check.

* In accordance with Section 17A of the Electoral Act 2002, we may ask applicants for disclosure of specific political activities that could compromise the perceived independence of the organisation. Please read about the disclosure of political activities before applying.