Jump Start - WA Grad Program

Jump Start Graduate Program WA

 About Jump Start WA

Jump Start connects students with Perth's advertising industry and can result in employment in account management, planning, production and media roles. 

Jump Start is designed to identify and nurture future industry talent by developing your skills, knowledge and networks to assist in building and advancing your career within the advertising industry. 

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Key 2020 dates

5 August 2020
Perth Information Night
6 August 2020
Application Brief Released
20 August 2020
Applications Close
3 September 2020
Speed Dating
10 September 2020
Applicants Notified
22 Sept to 13 Nov 2020
Industry Induction Program & Final Day Workshop

What are we looking for

We’re looking for great problem solvers who demonstrate 'outside the square' thinking, passion for creativity and people, excellent communicators, great collaborators and team players and diversity.

Our industry seeks those who are interesting. You might be studying law, accounting, architecture, philosophy, psychology or any of the more traditional paths into advertising or public relations. The fact you have applied yourself and increased your ability to think more broadly is exactly what we're after.

The Communications Council is not an advertising agency. So who are we and what is our role running Jump Start?

It’s as simple as this: we are Australia’s national industry body representing advertising agencies, with a member base across a range of disciplines at the forefront of commercial creativity.

Our members take great pride in their work and look to us to attract and engage new talent to help them continue to be commercially successful.

They seek and crave creative, innovative, team-oriented individuals who are passionate about the industry and are ready to roll up their sleeves and work shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented professionals in the industry.

How is Jump Start different to other graduate programs?

How many graduates have the opportunity to be mentored by different leaders?

How many industry programs invest in their graduates before putting them to work?

This is what stands us apart from other graduate programs. Our member agencies include integrated agencies as well as specialists in advertising, public relations, digital, experiential, media and brand activation.

Jump Start provides the opportunity to network with industry leaders for up to 9 weeks before entering an agency. Jump Start program is an initiative of The Communications Council WA, and is in its eighth year of nurturing talent. Over 130 graduates have successfully completed Jump Start.

The nuts and bolts of Jump Start

The Communications Council offers third year undergraduates and graduates the opportunity to connect with the industry. Jump Start is suitable for those wishing to progress in the fields of advertising, media or public relations.

Jump Start is divided into two stages:

Stage 1: Connect. Apply, speed date and land your seat in our program
Stage 2: Inspire. Our nine week industry induction provides practical information (not what you learn at university) that is relevant to your first one to three years in the industry. It is also the time for you to shine, as agencies offer employment.

WA Jump Start students


What to expect from Jump Start

All participants move through our program at the same time which is designed to identify and nurture future industry talent by developing your practical skills, knowledge and networks to assist in building and advancing your career within the advertising industry.

All applicants will attend an industry speed date with participating agencies. After the speed date participants are notified if they are invited to participate in stage two.

Stage two is a nine week program, run on consecutive Tuesdays either in a morning 8am to 11am or afternoon 3pm to 6pm session. The program is hosted at a different agency each week and provides practical learning around the industry and its disciplines. Stage two finishes with a one day workshop, where graduates work inside agencies on a real client project.

Testimonials from past graduates

"The content of the program was consistently rich and well organised from the start. The hands on experience and local industry knowledge I gained really complemented by my three years at university and started my career in the industry" - Luke, University of Western Australia, now Business Director at Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne

"The program delivered relevant and practical content. With brilliant guest speakers, I'd recommended for all uni students keen to break into the advertising industry." - Stefan, Curtin University, now Associate Client Director, Carat UK London

Helpful tips

  • You'll need to have a keen eye for detail.
  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation are very important.
  • Write clearly
  • Don’t tell, but show who you are.
  • Somewhere in your application, plant a big idea that makes you stand out.
  • Familiarise yourself with the deadlines
  • Read the brief carefully and be prepared to do some research
  • Attend the information night, if you’re prepared you can do all your research in this one evening.


The program

What is the program commitment?

The program is divided into two stages which are completed by mid-November 2020. 

  • Agency Speed Dating
  • Nine Week Induction Program
  • Full Day Intern Agency Workshop

How many graduate positions are there each year?

The number varies each year depending on standards of entry. Usually 20.

Is there a cost for the graduate?

No, the agencies pay for the program which makes it a no brainer for graduates. 

Application process

When is the cut-off date to submit my 2020 application?

Friday 20 August 2020, by 11:45pm.

How do I submit my application?

Your Jump Start application is now an online process.

Who do I contact if I have a question regarding the application process?
Melissa Vella, WA State Manager, The Communications Council


What’s the minimum qualification that is required?

The program is designed for third year undergraduates and postgraduates. We encourage applicants from any academic discipline who are currently enrolled at University or TAFE equivalent within the past 24 months with a credit average and above.

Do I have to be an Australian citizen to apply for the program?

Yes. This is a local industry program. We are not accredited to take international students and therefore it’s mandatory to have Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.

Participating agencies

Participating agencies