Intern positions are available to graduates of accredited Australian or New Zealand Universities at both the Royal Darwin Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital.

Applicants are grouped into categories and short listed according to the following categories and criteria.

Please be aware that these applicant eligibility categories are in order of selection (starting at A through to G.). The number of intern places in the Northern Territory are limited and therefore are very competitive.

To be eligible as an Intern applicant in the Northern Territory you must nothave completed a medical Internship previously.

If you have completed an internship previously (overseas) please go to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website for more information.


The applicant eligibility categories in order of selection for Internship in the Northern Territory are:




Northern Territory (NT) Medical Program Bonded Scheme/Return of Service Obligation (RoSO) applicants (guaranteed placement)


NT Indigenous applicants who have completed medical degrees at accredited Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools who are -

i. NT Indigenous scholarship holders

ii. Identified as an NT Indigenous resident


Non NT Indigenous applicants


NT applicants (Non-Indigenous) who have completed medical degrees at accredited Australian and New Zealand Medical Schools who are -

i. NT scholarship holders

ii. Identified as an NT resident (may include non-bonded JCU/Flinders NTMP students)


Australian applicants (Non-Indigenous/Non NT residents)

i. Previous experience working/studying in NT (JCU/Flinders/Other university student placements)

ii. Previous experience in a rural, remote and Indigenous health location/s (e.g. Aboriginal Medical Services, Rural Clinical Schools, involvement in Rural Student Clubs and those applicants who come from rural, and remote locations)


International applicants on a student visa, now an Australian Medical graduate who have

i. Previous experience working/studying in NT (JCU/Flinders/Other university student placements)

ii. Previous experience in a rural, remote and Indigenous health location/s (e.g. Aboriginal Medical Services, Rural Clinical Schools, involvement in Rural Student Clubs and those applicants who come from rural, and remote locations)


International medical degree applicants who have

i. Previous experience in NT student placements/clinical observers

ii. Experience in rural, remote and Indigenous health locations.

How to apply

To apply for an NT Intern position please:

  1. Check there is a vacancy for this position on the NT Jobs website and enter the keyword ‘Intern’.
  2. Complete and submit the online application before the application period closes.
  3. Attach all of your supporting documents through the application portal.

Applications are made to the Northern Territory Department of Health through a central online job application  portal.

The recruitment selection process is the responsibility of the individual Health Services. The two Health Services will make employment offers to those applicants that have met the Northern Territory Intern recruitment  requirements.


In support of your application, please nominate three referees who are able to provide a workplace assessment in a timely manner. They must be registered medical practitioners on the the specialist register.

The NT Department of Health, Health Services will only contact the referees of short-listed applicants.

National intern data audit

To assist States and Territories with the filling of intern positions, a national audit of internship acceptances for the following clinical year will occur. Information disclosed will be restricted to name, date of birth, university attended or attending, student number, Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA) Registration number, email address, contact number and residency status.

The information will not be used to influence or determine the outcome of an applicant's application. This information may be used by States and Territories to determine whether applicants have accepted multiple positions. Specific information will not be disclosed to persons not involved in the audit.

Applicants who are identified as having accepted more than one position will be contacted by the National Intern Data Audit Manager by phone or email and asked to withdraw from all intern positions within 48 hours, except for the one where they intend to undertake their internship commencing in the following year. Applicants may access any of their information held by the National Intern Data Audit by contacting the National Audit Data Manager.

For general enquiries regarding this process or to access your information email the National Intern Data Audit Manager at

Service and registration

Interns are in postgraduate year 1 (PGY1) and are provisionally registered by the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) administered through Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA). General registration is granted after successful completion of the Internship (PGY1) a minimum of 47 weeks full-time equivalent service, which includes three core terms giving experience in:

  • Medicine - at least 10 weeks
  • Surgery - at least 10 weeks; and
  • Emergency Medical Care - at least 8 weeks

NT Internship Program

Both Health Services in the Northern Territory offer the Internship core term requirements. Top End Health Service (TEHS) - Royal Darwin Hospital has a five term Internship year and Central Australia Health Service (CAHS) has a four term Internship year.Royal Darwin Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital both have other approved terms to meet the 47 week minimum of the MBA General Registration standard. Both health service hospitals have a variety of elective terms available to meet the MBA general registration standard.

Hospital orientation

Interns undertake an Orientation program prior to commencing ward duties.  The time allocated for this mandatory orientation is up to 10 days depending on the health service you are employed at. The orientation is predominantly hands-on and interactive. Key elements include skills sessions utilising the simulation laboratory, cultural competencies, use of the electronic health systems used throughout the hospital and health service, and an introduction to management of unique and complex patient presentations.

You will be advised by your employing hospital when the hospital orientation is scheduled. Both hospitals usually run their orientations in early January which can commence in the first or second week of January.

Please note that orientation specific to each department takes place at the commencement of each term throughout Internship.


Supervision is provided to all Interns as part of their intern education and training program. It also contributes to developing their transition to safe independent practice. Each department/division has a term supervisor who is responsible for coordinating and ensuring intern training and supervision occurs for that term. Each intern will also have a clinical supervisor within their team who provides education and training on the job, may give career advice and guide the intern to achieve their learning goals.

Interns will meet with their supervisors at the start of each term to define learning objectives through discussing the intern's expectations, understand the supervisor's expectations and the role and responsibility of the intern within that team. Interns meet with their supervisors mid tem for a formative assessment, to ensure that they are performing to their set goals and to discuss any concerns. The end of term assessment is a formal, summative assessment which contributes to gaining full registration at the end of the intern year. These assessments will be discussed at your term orientation and usually comprise of, but are not limited to direct observation, participation in case studies and other department/division education and training sessions.

Education and training

Alice Springs and Royal Darwin Hospitals are teaching hospitals, with strong links to the Northern Territory Medical Program, Flinders University and James Cook University College of Medicine. Each hospital Medical Education Unit (MEU) provides a comprehensive training program for junior medical officers. Interns have the opportunity to attend weekly protected training sessions which delivers topics that are relevant and applicable to a medical officer at the intern level of training. Both hospitals request the input from Interns and use that feedback from participating junior doctors to inform and improve the program delivered.

Formal and informal teaching sessions related to the specific terms are delivered weekly by consultants and registrars. Most departments will have regular formal grand rounds, journal clubs and specific sessions where all junior doctors; particularly interns, are encouraged to attend..

The education and training program for interns is mapped to the Australian Curriculum Framework for Junior Doctors. Term Descriptions provided at the Term orientation will show how an intern may meet the framework in that term.

The Northern Territory has a strong focus on generalism for their training programs. You will, at the Intern and Resident Medical Officer Levels have the opportunity to consolidate, maintain and widen your knowledge, skills and experience, as well as have access to opportunities to explore potential careers in rural and remote settings.


For general enquiries regarding intern applications email or phone (08) 89 992836.

Last updated: 07 December 2019

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