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First Nations Program

Paid internship program for Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students.

Applications now closed – 16 August 2023.


Earn and learn over the summer with Deloitte. Our First Nations Internship program is a structured learning and development program that combines elements of learning, connectivity and community – and, it could also be your first step to a future career with us!

Our paid internship placements vary from 4 to 8 weeks, depending on your location, and could be based in any of our 11 offices nationally.

About the program

Aimed at penultimate year* university students, the program provides Australian First Nations university students with all the benefits of our award-winning Summer Vacationer Program. It offers comprehensive learning and industry experience aligned to your chosen field of study, and opportunities for you to give back to the community through high-impact, meaningful and purpose-led projects.

*Penultimate year: Second-year students of a three-year degree; or, Third-year students of a four-year degree etc.

Internship start date:
  November 2023.

What you can expect


Your learning activities will align with the business area you join, focusing on professional capabilities and experiences that will help prepare you for the future. You will build knowledge and skills via participation in all aspects of our Summer Vacationer learning program and meaningful client projects.


Alongside formal mentoring and professional development, you’ll have opportunities to connect and share perspectives with First Nations leadership and employee groups, providing an invaluable voice on Deloitte’s First Nations strategy and business matters that impact First Nations communities.


The program will provide students with meaningful opportunities to connect and give back to local Indigenous communities.

As part of this, you’ll work on a bespoke project component that contributes to First Nations cultural matters. You’ll connect with others across the Firm, including Senior Leaders, and members of the community whilst developing key skills in the art of storytelling and listening.

Program eligibility

Our First Nations Program is right for you if :

  • You are a penultimate year student (expecting to graduate in 2024)
  • You are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

We accept applications from students of all disciplines and our team will be in touch to help match your skills, areas of interest, and study into a suitable team area.

Along with supplying your CV and documents relating to your university degree, our team may ask that you support your application with a confirmation of heritage/eligibility at a later stage of the selection process - our team will be in touch to advise further on this.

Internship start:  November 2023.

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How we hire

Our recruitment process enables us to assess whether or not we are a good match for you and if you are a good match for us. Take a look at the steps below to understand how we hire for our First Nations Program.

1. Apply

Please apply online, by clicking the 'Apply Now' link at top of the page (when applications are open).

As part of the application form, you’ll be asked to select a preferred business area. You can read a brief overview of our different businesses on this page, however, as you move successfully through the eligibility and assessment stages, our team will be in touch to help match your skills, areas of interest, and study into a suitable team area.

Please note

Along with supplying your CV and documents relating to your university degree, our team may ask that you support your application with a confirmation of heritage/eligibility at a later stage of the selection process - our team will be in touch to advise further on this.

If you need assistance or an accommodation during the recruitment process for accessibility reasons, there will be an opportunity for you to let us know what you need once you begin your application.

2. Online assessment

Stay tuned to your inbox, as we’ll be emailing you with updates on your progress through our recruitment process.

Our online assessment is an immersive, client-focussed set of virtual activities that are intended to give you a taste of what it may be like to work with us, along with helping us learn more about you. And following the assessment, you’ll receive a bespoke feedback report about your individual strengths and abilities. This isn’t the outcome of your assessment, but it will provide you with valuable advice on developing your skills and making the most of your potential.

Hear from Maddie on our team’s tips for completing the online assessment.

Note: If you’ve applied for multiple roles with us, you will only need to complete the online assessment once.

3. Assessment Day

You'll receive a call or email from our team advising if you're successful in progressing to our Assessment Day. Depending on your location, the interview may be hosted in-person or conducted virtually.

Expect to join us for a morning or afternoon where you’ll participate in several activities with other students. Your Assessment Day experience with us will vary depending on the role and business area you could be joining; but expect information sessions and networking opportunities, to a group case study exercise and a 1:1 interview with a leader from our business.

Along with all stages of the process, our team will share details with you ahead of time to help you prepare.

Hear from Maddie on the STAR interviewing technique.

Next Up: Selection outcomes!

We'll look to deliver outcomes quickly after your Assessment Day activity. Whether that's telling you that you’ve been successful, or we’re giving you some advice on how to improve for next time, we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. We always do our best to communicate with you throughout the process too.

- Getting a job offer

If your final stage assessment is successful, we’ll offer you a job and your exciting journey with us really begins.

- If you’re not successful this time

You may have been unsuccessful for all sorts of reasons. So, be sure to ask for feedback from our team, who can provide helpful advice and pointers.

You’re always welcome to reapply into future program intakes as well, eligibility requirements permitting of course.

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Tax and other benefit implications

Internship payments will contribute to the recipient’s taxable income and may also impact entitlement to Commonwealth benefits such as ABSTUDY.

The Internship applicants and/or recipients are encouraged to contact Centrelink, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and/or their taxation agent to obtain advice about the implications of the Internship payments on current earnings and benefits. Information about taxation is also available from the ATO website.

Further questions?

We'll hopefully have the answers to some of your questions on our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Should you require further assistance or information regarding the Deloitte First Nations Internship program, please contact a member of our Talent Acquisition team at  

For further information on careers at Deloitte, our Business Units or Vacationer and Graduate opportunities, please visit our Career Hub.

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