Victorian Treasury and Finance Department launches career of interns
Image: Jenny Stasinopoulos with the Victoria Department of Treasury and Finance Organizational Development Team.
Victoria Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) accelerates career paths for talent Go in trainees, throughout the development process. The process aims to place interns in permanent positions and expose them to opportunities across the department. Meanwhile, the ministry builds their confidence in their disability and creates an inclusive and diverse work culture – providing benefits to all who participate in the Go in program.
A long-term vision
For Victoria’s Treasury and Finance Department, getting involved in the Stepping Into program was the perfect opportunity to achieve one of their goals: to provide more opportunities for people with disabilities within the department.
âWith our values, with what we wanted to support and promote within the department – we saw the Stepping Into program as an important way to really increase visibility and opportunities for people with disabilities – we were really looking forward to go forward. Especially since we knew we would have the support of AND, âsays Jenny Stasinopoulos, senior director of organizational development for the department.
With the support of AND, DTF launched the Stepping Into program and established several processes to assist interns participating in the program. Additionally, interns can connect with cadets, graduates and interns from other programs run by the department, creating a larger network.
Stepping Into interns are assigned mentors within their division, they also have regular contact with their supervisor and check-ins with the People and Culture team for additional support.
Ongoing communication and support allows interns to thrive in the environment, resulting in some interns being offered permanent positions in the department.
Impressed by the caliber of the interns, DTF is now looking to formalize this process.
âWe really want to make sure next time that we continue to find new ways to support our interns wherever we can. Says Jenny Stasinopoulos, senior director of organizational development for the department.
The process involves putting interns in contact with key people in the department, so that interns are aware of job opportunities or openings that may be of interest to them, including permanent positions and secondments.
âWe aim to provide a range of employment opportunities for interns. “
Part of the goal, says Jenny, is to make sure the relationship between the intern and the department doesn’t end when the internship ends.
The ministry is currently conducting a formal review of the Stepping Into program, where AND will recommend ways in which the organization will continue to improve employment opportunities through the Stepping Into internship.
Jenny believes that this process, which will soon be formalized, will bring benefits to both the employer and the intern.
âWhat we found is that the interns bring a different perspective. They bring diversity, this variety of experiences, backgrounds, to the team.
âIt’s rich in experiences, rich in opportunities. So get started. “
Applications for Stepping Into close on August 18. Designate your organization here.