Educational Internships

About the Internship

Turning Point is pleased to offer eligible tertiary students a 14-week, (up to 150 hours; average 10-11 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.

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.


The Turning Point educational internship is open to Victorian-based tertiary students studying psychology, counselling or youth work at a university in Victoria. Whilst tailored for the academic year and primarily for second and third year tertiary students, applications are also welcome from others who have recently graduated from a relevant undergraduate degree or undertaking an honours program.

Students must be Australian citizens or permanent residents and provide a police check as part of their application.

Eastern Health, as a major metropolitan health service, complies with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccination protocols which mandate all staff to be vaccinated. Eastern Health has determined that students taking part in this internship need to be fully vaccinated.


A considerable portion of the program comprises self-paced online learning. There are a number of compulsory meetings and classes which are also online, using Zoom. Covid-19 restrictions allowing, the program will include site visits to alcohol and drug services, primarily in the inner east and eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Several sessions will be conducted face to face at Turning Point in Richmond.


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

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 and police check. Honours students and recent graduates may lodge these three 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 VI 2022 Students

Cohort VI 2022 Students

Key Statistics

*The internship positively influenced my desire to work in the AOD sector.
*I would recommend a Turning Point internship to a fellow student.

(Reference: *2021 Turning Point Educational Internship satisfaction survey)