Internship programs

Find out about interning at DoT.

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Our internships provide students with a vast range of opportunities to gain experience in their chosen field. Whilst doing so, they work alongside passionate professionals to create a better future for Western Australia.

Students and young people contribute to the future of our organisation, and we take great pride in recruiting talented and enthusiastic students each year.

We recognise teams with diverse members are better able to contribute to our organisation’s goals and outcomes through enhanced creativity and innovation. We invest in you, because we know you will add value straight away and as you progress with us.

Our internship opportunities are constantly growing, so be sure to check in regularly for updates.

Current internships taking applications:

Have you graduated? Visit our Jobs page to see what roles are available.

Geospatial, Data Science and Information Technology internship

Are you a student in one of these fields?

  • Spatial Science, Geospatial Technology, GIS and Information Science.
  • Computer Science, Information Technology, Cartography and Hydrographic Surveying.
  • Oceanography, Marine and Coastal Management or Coastal Engineering.

Our internship program is your opportunity to be exposed to diverse projects across Department of Transport, including a range of maritime and coastal infrastructure projects, helping to manage the coastline and WA. You will gain valuable skills and knowledge in geospatial, data science and information technology in primarily a maritime – coastal environment as well as transport and mobility modelling.

You may be involved in projects relating to: 

  • Geospatial services – develop GIS apps and 3D visualisation tools, data modelling, manage spatial database and webservices, system administration, support for GIS infrastructure in a cloud environment
  • Cartographic services – creating maps and navigation charts, develop cartographic products and graphic design
  • Hydrographic – assist with hydrographic surveys, data processing and quality checking, management of bathymetric data
  • Oceanographic - assist with the deployment of ocean monitoring equipment, acquisition, analysis, management and dissemination of oceanographic information, programming and setting up systems for real time data
  • Coastal engineering - mapping key erosion sites 
  • Data intelligence - setting up data governance structures and workflows, data warehouse integration and creation of dashboards
  • Data management – hydrographic data storage and retrieval in a cloud infrastructure, metadata and quality control
  • Transport planning – provide geospatial and data modelling expertise for active transport networks. Identify issues and future trends for strategic transport planning and people movement.

How the internship works

  • Once you have submitted an expression of interest, we will assess it and if there is a potential match, we will contact you.  
  • The project work, expectations and timeframes will be discussed and agreed by all participants including your course provider before the internship commences.
  • The internship is possible during semester breaks or part time during the semester (negotiable with you).

How to apply

If you meet the criteria and are interested in expressing your interest for our internship program, you can complete the EOI form below.

To apply, you need to be:  

  • currently undertaking or have completed studies in engineering, environment and sustainability, spatial science, data science, information technology or marine-orientated studies; and 
  • a minimum of halfway through your second year in an Australian university or TAFE.

Please note, we have limited placements. 



Maritime internship benefits

As an intern with us you can expect to gain valuable experience, and enjoy a wide range of benefits and opportunities for growth, such as:

Improve your practical skills and technical knowledge: Our internship program provides you with the chance to work directly on meaningful projects alongside our team of maritime professionals. You will have the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to real-world situations, gaining practical skills and enhancing your understanding of waterway safety and management.

Mentorship and guidance: Throughout your internship, you will be assigned a dedicated mentor who will provide guidance, support, and valuable feedback. Our maritime professionals are committed to helping you develop your skills and navigate your career path in the maritime industry.

Networking opportunities: As a state government agency, we have established connections and collaborations with various organisations, research institutions, and agencies within the maritime sector. During your internship, you will have the chance to interact with professionals from different backgrounds, expanding your professional network and building relationships that may prove beneficial in your future career.

Enhance employability skills and professional development: We believe in investing in our interns' development. We offer various training programs, workshops, and seminars to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Exposure to diverse projects: Our department is involved in a wide range of maritime and coastal infrastructure projects, including help to manage Western Australian coasts and infrastructure, including the management of coastal erosion hazards, Coastal Adaptation and Protection (CAP). As an intern, you will have the chance to contribute to these projects, gaining exposure to different aspects of marine management.

Potential employment opportunities: Many of our interns have gone on to secure permanent positions within our agency or other organisations in the maritime industry. Demonstrating your dedication, skills, and work ethic during your internship will improve your future job prospects.

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