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Barista Internship

RMIT Training and Coffee Cart Changing Lives are offering you the chance to volunteer up to ten hours of your time over four weeks to learn the basic skills required to work in a café.

Coffee Cart Changing Lives trades from 8:30am to 2pm every weekday in the Level 4 café and provides a friendly, positive community environment in which you can practise these skills:

  • Prepare or serve hot or cold beverages, such as blended coffees or teas using retail equipment such as an espresso machine.
  • Clean or sanitise work areas, utensils, or equipment.
  • Take customer orders and convey them to other employees for preparation.
  • Describe menu items to customers or suggest products that might appeal to them.
  • Provide customers with product details, such as coffee blend or preparation descriptions.
  • Receive and process customer payments.
  • Serve prepared foods, such as muffins or bagels.

The internship is unpaid, but if you are successful you will receive a letter of recommendation from the Coffee Cart Changing Lives’ General Manager which will be useful in securing future part-time employment in the Australian hospitality industry.

Apply today

  • Prepare your Resume/CV.
  • Email with the subject ‘Barista Internship Application’ and tell us:
    • What hours you are available to train, Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 2pm.
    • When you expect to complete your Pathways course.
    • Why you want/need the internship.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted and invited to interview.
    Note: We recruit two new interns every 5 weeks.

If you need help with this application, there are online resources available on the RMIT student website. If you are confused, you can also drop by to Level 3 Information Desk and ask to speak to Matt about the Barista Internship.


I've had a terrific experience training as an intern with Coffee Carts and I am thrilled to say that I now feel confident to work at a cafe/coffee shop. I had the opportunity to meet so many different barista trainers who taught me various methods of tackling certain skills and this gave me a variety of perspectives to making coffee. Finishing off the coffee, slipping the cover on top and passing the coffee on to the customer is one of the most satisfying parts of being a barista and I absolutely loved serving them.

Ash Whiteville
Internship recipient, 2018