The Sydney Opera House is committed to providing hands-on experiences to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, which can lead to employment opportunities.
The best way for students to experience what we do is through our Work Experience Program. Through our partnership with the NSW Department of Education we run a program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying in years 9-12. The program is a week long and is offered several times throughout the year. During the week, students are introduced to different staff and departments across the organisation. The program is practical and participants spend time working in up to four different departments to gain first-hand work experience.
Our Work Experience Program is often the first event that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students participate in at the Opera House.
After completing our Work Experience Program, students can apply for a paid internship. These internships are currently offered in our Ticketing Sales department and we are always looking to expand the types of intern roles. The internship is based on a 90 hour contract as a Ticketing Sales Representative. The hours of work are designed to fit around the student’s study, and students develop skills in sales and customer service, operating ticketing software and basic computing. We have a growing alumni of interns, many of whom have gained ongoing employment at the Opera House and are now involved in facilitating Work Experience Program activities with students.
The Sydney Opera House would like to invite First Nations high school students (years 10-12) to participate in our annual First Nations Careers Day. This event gives students an opportunity to:
- learn about different career paths offered by Sydney Opera House
- hear about our work experience and internship programs
- undertake a free tour of the Sydney Opera House at the end of the event
Students are welcome to bring a friend or accompanying family member.