CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program (founded in 2010 by Michael Combs) is a national non-profit organisation that partners with Corporate Australia to provide life changing opportunities and pathways for Indigenous university students. CareerTrackers has offices in each Australian capital city and is staffed by Indigenous university graduates.
CareerTrackers is currently working with 75 corporate student employment partners (such as Lend Lease, Leightons, QANTAS, ANZ, and Westpac) across all major industries and has 630 students completing internships each year of their degree. CareerTrackers began with 18 participants who have now completed their studies and gained full time employment opportunities.
As a student-driven organisation, CareerTrackers works with students to seek positions that align with their career aspirations. The aim is gaining full time employment with their sponsoring companies. Each student is assigned a personal advisor who works with the student to develop their professional leadership skills so that they can be successful in the workplace. CareerTrackers also provides companies with a structured program and training to ensure that the internship experience is a successful one.
The Girgensohn Foundation supports CareerTrackers establishing an Alumni Association. The aim is to create a community of Indigenous business professionals to serve as corporate and community role models, creating a stronger, more self-sustaining Indigenous community. Once students have completed their internships and graduate from university they enter into the CareerTrackers Alumni Association where they are given continued personal and professional support, such as executive mentoring and peer encouragement. Alumni are also engaged in supporting next generation interns.
In January 2014 the inaugural class of alumni established the vision and principles of the Association at its Sydney conference. The development of the program will be executed in phases over the next years. Currently there are 49 alumni, 100 alumni are forecast by 2015.