Student Placements

Why undertake a student placement at Marymead?

Marymead is committed to supporting students undertaking tertiary and vocational studies and internships.

We acknowledge the contribution students make to our organisation and aim to provide fulfilling placement based opportunities in a structured, supervised and safe working environment whilst achieving placement requirements. Students will be engaged and managed within the policy and practices of the organisation as well as the guidelines and parameters of specific Marymead programs. 

During a placement we endeavour to:

  • Facilitate the application of knowledge and skills to the professional environment;
  • Match students to an appropriate program or role, based on their interests, study, personality and abilities in a practical work environment;
  • Provide students with a professional role model in keeping with Marymead’s values;
  • Provide mentoring via constructive feedback;
  • Provide a professional reference on the student’s experience and ability;
  • Enable Marymead to explore options through student contributions, which may otherwise not be available. 

Who can undertake a student placement at Marymead?

Marymead supports students undertaking courses at accredited educational institutions, studying across a range of fields including:

  • Social Work, Psychology and Counselling;
  • Community Engagement and Youth Work;
  • Disability Support Work;
  • Child-care and Education;
  • Finance, Marketing, Public Relations and Business Management.

Marymead’s student placement application process

Two intake rounds will take place per calendar year.

  For Semester 2 (current year) For Semester 1 (following year)
Intake Open 01 October 01 May
Intake Closed 31 January 31 July
Intake Assessment 08 February* 08 August*
Offer 16 February* 17 August*
Placement 01 July 01 February*

* Dates indicative – some leeway is given to these dates based on staff capacity at the time

How to apply

Submit your Expression of Interest form to the Student Placement and Volunteer Coordinator via email at volunteering@marymead.org.au or post to:

PO Box 4260
KINGSTON ACT 2604

Your application MUST also include:

  • Your current Curriculum Vitae;
  • Your current National Police Check;
  • A copy of the front and back of your current Working with Vulnerable People card or Working with Children Check;
  • Anything else you deem as relevant.

What happens now?

All applications will be assessed.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified in writing and an interview arranged. Those not shortlisted will also be advised in writing.

On completion of all interviews are conducted, candidates will be notified in writing.

FAQS

I submitted my application two months ago, why haven’t I heard anything?
Applications submitted prior to the due date will be held until the Intake Closed date and assessed as part of the Intake Assessment period.

I’ve applied for a student placement, why have I not been successful?
An application for a student placement does not constitute an offer of placement.

An offer of placement is dependent on staff capacity to offer a meaningful placement, student skills, interview result and satisfactory checks.

Your application may have been incomplete (parts of the form not filled out or other required documentation not provided), so it is important that you make sure you provide as much information as possible.

Why have I not been offered the full amount of hours I need for this placement?
Sometimes we may believe that we only can offer you a certain number of hours which will be meaningful to you as part of your placement (due to current programs on offer, staff capacity etc.). So rather than say no to you all together, we may offer you a certain number of hours.

This would mean that you would need to find placement hours in another organisation to make up the rest of your hours.

What if I feel it’s not working out?
For any concerns you may have during your placement or you feel it’s not working out, chat with your Marymead supervisor as soon as possible so they can work with you to resolve the issue/s.

If you are not satisfied with the response or you do not feel comfortable speaking with your supervisor, you are encouraged to speak with the relevant Unit Manager or the Student Placement and Volunteer Coordinator.

Changes to or termination of your placement may only be considered after you have been consulted and Marymead has been given an appropriate amount of time and strategies to improve. This process will involve your educational institution’s student placement coordinator.

What if Marymead feel it’s not working out?
If your allocated supervisor feels there are any concerns with your performance or conduct, they will raise this with you as soon as possible so they can work with you to resolve the issue/s. If those concerns are not resolved, they will be directed to the relevant Unit Manager who will discuss the concerns with you and work towards a resolution.

Changes to or termination of your placement may be considered only after you have been consulted and have been given an appropriate amount of time and strategies to make improvements. This will process will involve your educational institution’s student placement coordinator.

NB: A placement may be terminated at the discretion of a Unit Manager and the in the event of continued failure to carry out agreed responsibilities or breaching the Marymead Code of Conduct and Ethics.

Forms

Student Placements - Expression of Interest form Student Placements - Expression of Interest form (240 KB)