Frequently Asked Questions
The Monash Professional Year program is a 44-week employability skills development program, which includes a 32-week coursework component and a 12-week full-time internship component. The program is supported by the Department of Home Affairs and overseen by the professional bodies for Accounting, ICT and Engineering. The program delivery and internship duration of the PY Program is 44 weeks (not including Public Holiday, Christmas and Easter breaks).
Some of the skills and knowledge you will develop in the 32-week coursework component are:
- Communication skills
- Teamwork skills
- Project management skills
- Leadership skills
- Customised resume and cover letter writing
- Personal branding and building an effective LinkedIn profile
- Interview techniques and skills
- Workplace expectations, including time management, OH&S and work rights
Once you successfully complete the coursework component, you will have the opportunity to apply these skills in the 12 week full-time internship.
During the COVID-19 restrictions you may have an opportunity to complete your internship virtually, with a high-quality Australian employer. However please note internships will return to the physical workplace, once government restrictions are lifted. As the nature of work becomes more flexible and teams learn how to collaborate effectively at a distance, it is important that our future workforce prepares for this new environment. The duties at your internship will generally be the same as an onsite internship, with some adjustments made to accommodate the changing needs of industry. A Virtual Internship will provide you with an opportunity to bring fresh insight and a different perspective to an organisation.
The Placement team have a wide variety of internships available within small, medium and large organisations. The Professional Year program does not guarantee that a company will employ a student during or upon completion of an internship. However, our organisations are always on the lookout for outstanding talent and often our host companies will offer casual or ongoing employment.
Professional Year students can apply to have their Own Employment considered as their internship, however this does not attract a discount as the Placement team need to assess suitability and to conduct a site visit.
Our Internship Coordinators will conduct a pre-internship interview around week 19 of the program to discuss your skills, qualifications and career path.
Our very experienced Coordinators will then match you to a host company that best suits your profile. Host companies are provided with the opportunity to interview several candidates to ensure they select the best candidate for the role. Therefore, when you attend your pre-placement interview it is recommended that you provide as much information as possible regarding your specific interests. Please refer to our homepage for examples of some of the companies we are currently working with.