Get work experience

Working in the Northern Territory (NT) while you study allows you to support your living expenses, connects you to other people and helps you to improve your English skills.

Most international student visa holders can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during a semester and full-time during the semester break. To check your visa conditions online, go to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

The International Education Association of Australia provides an online guide that tells you everything you need to know when looking for a job, like:

  • seeking out work opportunities
  • having a competitive resume
  • approaching businesses for work
  • mastering job interviews
  • knowing your work-rights.

To check out the online guide, go to the International Education Association of Australia website.

Find links to recruitment agencies and job websites in the Australia's Northern Territory.

The NT Government launched the Territory Jobs Board to assist local businesses who are urgently seeking workers to fill a wide range of roles. The Territory Jobs Board is free and available to everyone in the Territory, including international students. Go to the Territory Jobs Board.

Part-time and full-time work

As an international student, you can seek part-time and casual employment. Darwin has low unemployment and businesses are frequently looking for part-time employees. These may include retail, hospitality, childcare, aged care and office administration.


You can also speak to an employer you want to work for about employing you as an intern. Taking up an internship can provide you with 'hands-on' work experience in a workplace aligned to your academic studies.


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View the video transcript of the international student internship at SEALS video.


Another opportunity to get work experience in Australia's Northern Territory is to volunteer your skills and time. Volunteering is not paid but is a great way to establish work experiences, improve your language skills, and it can help you to grow your network. Volunteering could provide you with references need to find a job late on. For opportunities, go to the Volunteering NT website.

Page last updated 17 February 2022