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At SSI we are committed to your personal and professional growth. We have a wide range of in-house programs and training available to staff. We encourage growth through continuous on-the-job development.
Vision and values
SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.
Social Justice — Equity and access to all
Diversity — Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory
Compassion — Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others
Respect — Co-operation and mutual respect
Quality — Dynamic, flexible and responsive service
Ethics — Professional practices and accountability
Innovation — Commitment to partnerships and excellence
An unpaid internship is different from student placements (which are approved by an educational institution) and other voluntary work. Interns generally progress time-limited projects or scope work for larger projects in which they have an interest.
Internships can suit recently-graduated, almost-graduated, or postgraduate students who want to build their industry exposure outside of the course requirements of an educational institution. Interns at SSI are generally not involved in service delivery and are supervised by a senior member of staff.
The length of internships may vary. A typical internship is about one (1) day a week for a period of three months. However, SSI will offer a high degree of flexibility based on a person's availability and preferences.
Interns will not be paid for their participation but they will have access to SSI office resources including a hot desk, printer and photocopier, as well as guidance and mentoring from an SSI supervisor. SSI will also refund all pre-approved costs incurred in relation to the internship.
Potential benefits to interns
Interns can gain valuable industry knowledge, mentoring, a referee and a reference letter to use when seeking employment and the opportunity to observe and participate in initiatives at SSI under the supervision of highly experienced staff.
Application and selection process
All enquiries for unpaid internships should be directed to the Volunteer Program Business Partner. Applicants will be asked to complete an Application Form. There will be an initial assessment of the programs and applicant's capacity to undertake an internship with SSI. If an applicant is suitable, there will be project established that is a good match to the person's skills and interests. Applicants will be requested to attend an interview to assess their capacity and interest in the proposed internship project.
If an application is successful, the nominated SSI supervisor negotiates a project plan, induction and orientation to SSI, and on-going supervision and line management. The SSI supervisor will also be responsible for processes at the end of the internship including issuing a reference letter.
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