Entry level opportunities

Internships, work experience & scholarships

Find out about some great work opportunities, the criteria and how to apply.

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We offer 6-month engineering internships (usually in November and May each year) and 12-month planning internships. From time to time there may be other internships offered.  All internship opportunities will be advertised on our current vacancies page and applications can be submitted via our usual recruitment methods.

Work Experience

Council's work experience program provides students with an unpaid opportunity to gain on-the-job experience. Council is dedicated to providing meaningful industry experience to students in a variety of areas across Council.


You must be a secondary or tertiary student seeking relevant unpaid experience. Students need to be covered for public liability and personal accident insurance by a recognised school, tertiary institution, or referral agency.

How to apply

Work experience placements are available throughout the year. The number and timing of placements will depend on whether the work area can provide an effective on-the-job experience. Students should email their interest to jobs@randwick.nsw.gov.au outlining the dates, duration, and the specific area of interest. Please attach a resume if you have one.

Sima Truuvert Planning Scholarship

Randwick City Council is proud to offer student planners in their final year of study or recent graduated planners the opportunity to work full-time for 12 months in a leading Sydney Council.

Located in the vibrant eastern suburbs with plenty of interesting planning projects, this opportunity will offer the scholarship winner a great start to their career through direct involvement in a variety of responsibilities and duties undertaken by Council’s Strategic Planning team. The successful applicant will also receive a $5,000 one-off HECS contribution at the conclusion of the placement.

About Sima Truuvert

The late Sima Truuvert.

Sima Truuvert was a well-known and highly regarded urban planner. She was Randwick City Council’s Director City Planning and worked for Council from 1998 to 2018 and prior to this worked for the Department of Planning for 15 years.

An international woman, Sima demonstrated that planning is about people and about creating a sense of community. She helped oversee a number of urban renewal programs including the Bundock St site in Randwick and the Prince Henry redevelopment in Little Bay.

Her work helped Council win the prestigious Banksia Environmental Award for Local Government and two International Liveable Communities Awards. In 2017 she received an Australia Day Mayor’s Award and in 2014 she received a Minister for Local Government Award for Women – recognising her substantial commitment across local government.

Sadly, Sima passed away in early 2019. She was much loved by the staff and Mayors and Councillors of Randwick and known and admired by many in the community.

The Sima Truuvert Planning Scholarship was announced in 2018 and established in 2019 to inspire and encourage the planners of tomorrow to shape our City and plan for our residents' lifestyles.

Eligibility and selection process

To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to be available to work in a full-time temporary role for 12 months and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent resident of Australia.
  • Demonstrate excellence and / or commitment to planning and its role in building stronger communities.
  • Studying to obtain, or completed tertiary qualifications at degree level in Planning.
  • A basic understanding of the functions and aims of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
  • Familiarity with the role of a planning and building division within local government.
  • Sound research and critical analysis skills preferably in land use planning policy.
  • Ability to manage multi task workloads, deadlines and projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people.
  • Demonstrated report writing skills.
  • Commitment to providing quality customer services.
  • Knowledge and commitment to EEO, WH&S and the principles for a culturally diverse society.

Application process

Applications for this position have closed.

Scholarship award winners

  • 2020 - Leonardo Shaw-Voysey
  • 2021 - Jack Beale
  • 2022 – Henry Black

Further information

View the scholarship information and position description on Council's  Current Vacancies page (available only during application period) or contact the Coordinator Strategic Planning, on 02 9093 6961.

Last Updated: 6 February 2023
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