Indigenous Australian university internships
18 January 2016
At Blayney High School less than three years ago, Aleacia McIntyre couldn't have imagined she'd be delivering speeches alongside Westpac Group's CEO as part of her university internship.
When she started her Bachelor of Arts, Aleacia - who descends from the Wongaibon people in central NSW - leapt at the opportunity offered by CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship program to spend her university holidays working at Westpac.
"Both Westpac and CareerTrackers have pushed me to be the best I can be. I've even surprised myself by doing things I never thought I would.
"I've also met more students like me who are changing stereotypes and paving the way for the next generation of Indigenous people to make it in the work force. Who knows, maybe one of us will be the next Westpac CEO."
Aleacia is one of at least 400 Indigenous Australian university students Westpac plans to recruit over the next decade through its partnership with CareerTrackers.
"CareerTrackers has opened up a whole new world for me. I never would have thought about applying to work at Westpac or any other corporate."
Westpac has signed a ten year contract with CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program to recruit at least 400 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander university student interns in the decade to 2024. This is the largest commitment to the CareerTrackers program made by any company.
During 2015, 34 university students were placed through CareerTrackers in a variety of internships across the business and different cities and regional locations around Australia. This brings the total since our partnership with CareerTrackers began in 2012 to 61.
At the end of 2015, three CareerTrackers interns had progressed into our Graduate Program and we are welcoming two more graduates in 2016.