Educational Internships

About the Internship

Turning Point is pleased to offer eligible tertiary students a 14-week, (up to 150 hours; average 10-12 hours per week) educational internship. The combination of skills training and real-world clinical observation will provide students with the foundational skills and knowledge required for those considering a career in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) sector.

The AOD sector provides exciting, diverse and stimulating career opportunities for clinicians, researchers, educators and other professionals. Work in clinical and other settings with a relevant degree and sector qualifications can be a rewarding career choice for people wanting to make a positive difference in others’ lives. Turning Point, in consultation with other metropolitan AOD service providers, recognises the ongoing need to attract and train skilled and educated people into the AOD workforce.

About the Internship

Students will take part in a range of AOD sector activities. These comprise completion of Vocational Education and Training (VET) units of competency, presentations by staff from a range of Eastern Health and other AOD services, supervision and reflective practice sessions, and visits to clinical services. Note that this internship does not offer the opportunity to work directly with AOD clients, and is educational and observational in nature.

While it’s intended the program will be offered as blended learning, comprising both face to face and online delivery, COVID-19 restrictions or other factors may require some or all face to face components to be delivered online. The internship is conducted twice a year, with each intake timed to coincide with a two semester tertiary academic program.

Eligibility

Eastern Health, as a major metropolitan health service, complies with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19, influenza and other vaccination protocols, which mandate all staff and visitors including students on placement/internship be fully vaccinated against a range of diseases. Eastern Health also requires all students participating in learning programs to have a current Working With Children’s Check and valid Police Check which covers the duration of the internship.

Location

A considerable portion of the program comprises online classes, presentations and self-paced learning. Covid-19 restrictions allowing, the program will include site visits to AOD services, primarily in the inner east and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Sessions will also be conducted face to face at Turning Point in Richmond.

Cost

The Turning Point educational internship is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and is free to Australian citizen and permanent resident students who meet the eligibility requirements above. Students are required to fund meals, transport and other ancillary costs and provide their own internet, computer and other resources.

To Apply

Expressions of interest are now open for 2023. Be sure to read all the information carefully on the form before submitting otherwise your application may be delayed. Currently enrolled tertiary students should contact their University Placement Coordinator in the first instance and lodge an expression of interest through them, together with a CV, current police check, current working with children check and immunisation history statement. Honours students and recent graduates may lodge these documents directly with the Turning Point educational internship coordinator.

Further Information

Please contact the Turning Point educational internship coordinator:

Anna Guthrie
(03) 8413 8736
[email protected]

Cohort VII 2022 students

Cohort VII 2022 students

Key Statistics

*Upon completion of the internship and my studies, I’m interested in seeking employment in the AOD sector.
*I would recommend a Turning Point internship to a fellow student.

(Reference: *2022 Turning Point Educational Internship satisfaction survey)

What the students from Cohort VII had to say...

[The internship] was very educational and interactive. I have learnt a lot and have come to realise there are many different paths I can take with the learning I have been provided. Additionally, there are many connections you can build through this internship.”


“The people delivering the content and talks were engaging and informative. I felt welcomed and that there was a genuine sense that we were able to ask questions and be educated.”


The way the internship is structured and delivered is in a very proficient and organised way to allow for sincere engagement and an enjoyable experience for students. It also opens up a lot of doors for future employment in the AOD or related health employment areas.”