Graduates and Entry Level Pathways

Entry Level Pathways

Choose your future at Industry, Innovation and Science!

Looking for an entry level pathway into the Department and APS? The department offers a number of different entry level opportunities.

Graduate Programme

For recent graduates or undergraduates in their final year of study, check out our webpage.

Disability Internship

  • For undergraduates with disability, the department offers a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability.  Usually conducted during the university Winter break, students benefit by gaining valuable work experience in their potential field of work.  For more information email

New Employment Opportunities

We strive to provide an inclusive workplace with new entry pathways and one in which individual differences are respected.  Employment pathways may not necessarily be part of a highly structured development programme.  We work for example –

  • with disability employment service providers (such as Enabled Employment) to create non-programme employment opportunities – for more information email
  • to play our part in positively influencing Indigenous recruitment and retention, and offer generalist recruitment pathways – for more information email
  • to create gateways for graduates who may not wish to participate in our Graduate Programme – for more information email

Life at the department

Capability Development

The department invests in its employees to provide opportunities and initiatives for them to build and develop their skills and capabilities. From day one, you will have access to e-learning tools, training courses, tertiary education, professional qualifications and secondments.

Development opportunities include:

  • Capability Development – the department provides capability development opportunities aligned both to the Integrated Leadership System and to the following key capability areas:
  • Management and Leadership
  • Policy
  • Programme Design and Delivery
  • Economics
  • Data Analysis
  • Mobility – focusing on a mobile and agile workforce, to support professional development, promote talent initiatives and build workforce capability
  • Studies Assistance – employees can access up to full reimbursement for relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Career Development – the department provides a range of opportunities for employees to develop their careers, including secondments and career management programmes
  • SES Learning and Development – focusing on programmes that are innovative, flexible and align with the directions for strengthening the future of Australian Public Service (APS) leadership

Careers in Science

Working for the Department may include a role at Questacon, the Australian Astronomical Observatory or the National Measurement Institute.


Questacon's National Science and Technology Centre strives to promote greater understanding and awareness of science and technology within the community. Questacon is committed to making that experience fun, interactive, and relevant.

  • Work experience placements - for high school students in a wide range of functions in a number of areas to provide as broad an experience as possible.
  • Student Explainer - for Year 11 and 12 students in the ACT or surrounding regions, Questacon accepts a number of applications for you to gain work experience by becoming a Student Explainer.
  • Apprenticeships in Engineering - offered from time to time, typically while undertaking an Engineering Certificate III with exposure to machining (both manual and programmed), welding, and fabrication in a variety of materials and will develop new and valuable work based experience.
  • Volunteers - for those not seeking a career but wanting to get involved, Questacon invites you to join their team of volunteers.

The Australian Astronomical Observatory

The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) not only operates the largest optical/infrared telescope in Australia, but is also the home of one of the country's most vibrant and dynamic astronomical and instrumentation research groups. AAO astronomers collaborate with astronomers across the globe, are recognised leaders in many areas of research, and are some of Australia's most published astronomers. The AAO's instrument scientists produce some of the world’s most innovative and ground-breaking new instrument technologies.

While the Observatory is itself not a degree-granting institution, there are numerous opportunities for students to undertake both short-term and long-term research projects under the supervision of AAO scientists in observational astronomy, theoretical astronomy and astronomical instrumentation.

  • AAO Student Fellowships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10–12 weeks of paid research at the Australian Astronomical Observatory.
  • Australian Gemini Undergraduate Summer Studentships - opportunities exist for science and engineering students with at least two years undergraduate experience to carry out 10–12 weeks of paid research at the Gemini South Observatory in Chile.
  • PhD and Honours Research at the AAO - opportunities exist for undergraduate students in their final honours year, and for graduate students in PhD or MSc programs, to undertake research jointly supervised by AAO astronomers, and the faculty of their home institution

National Measurement Institute

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is responsible for maintaining Australia's units and standards of measurement and for realising those units of measurement through the development and maintenance of standards of measurement, reference materials and reference techniques.

Having students join NMI—even for a short time—provides NMI with a range of benefits, including exposing a wider range of people to the role of metrology in society and its inherent benefits. Each year NMI has a number of student research projects on offer.

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