Internships

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Application form

Internship Application Form

Please include majors/specialisations where possible.

The McCusker Centre will seek approval from your faculty student office on your behalf and you will be advised the outcome by the student experience to your student email account.

e.g. Have you undertaken volunteering anywhere or done a service learning unit before, or why are you interested in joining this program?

Tick all that apply and indicate any others.

You cannot progress your application until you upload your resume. This document will be forwarded upon request (if matched) to your host organisation.

You can read the requirements here.

How to Apply+

Students are selected as part of a competitive processes. Students will be matched based on the quality of your application, communication skills, interests, experience and the internship opportunities available.

  1. View the list of internships on offer below
  2. Review your study plan to ensure that you can undertake an internship as part of your course and consider your other commitments
  3. Complete the online application form above (please use your student email address when applying). Consider the application questions carefully.
  4. Our organisations often require you to have a Working with Children Check and a National Police Clearance. If you are interested in working with children or youth, it is therefore advisable to obtain these checks before you undertake your internship
  5. In order to prepare your application and make sure you can attend the required sessions for one of these internships, please review the Dates and Deadlines section below (these dates may be subject to change but are a good guide)
  6. Review the McCusker Centre for Citizenship Guide for Interns to ensure you are aware of the program requirements.

If you have any questions about the internship program, please check askUWA, or email: info@mccuskercentre.uwa.edu.au

Eligibility for Enrolment+

You must be a currently enrolled student at UWA to be eligible for the internship program. The Centre will seek approval for you to take the unit as part of your course, directly with your Allocated Student Office.

Students also have the option to complete an internship ‘not for credit’ however preference is given to students enrolling in the unit codes below:

Undergraduate - SVLG1002
Postgraduate - SVLG5001 

Please check with your Allocated Course Advice Office for further information.

*Please note that if approved to undertake the ‘not for credit’ students must still be enrolled in our unit codes and complete all internship requirements (including assessments)

For more information about the internships, please check askUWA.

Internship Requirements+

Our internships unit is assessed as an ungraded/pass fail. To successfully complete the program, students must:

1. Complete 100 hours community service internship
2. Submit all required internship paperwork on time
3. Complete the UWA Pre-Placement Program (online via LMS)
4. Write 3 x 500 word reflective journals
5. Do 1 x 5 minute final presentation
6. Attend all compulsory on campus sessions:

o    Introduction to Active Citizenship

o    Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training

o    Mid-internships check-point

o    Student Advisory Committee event

Dates and Deadlines+

Internships run over Semester 1, Winter, Semester 2 and Summer periods. Please see the below timeline for internships in 2019

29 October 2018 Applications Open  
20 January 2019 (midnight) Applications Close  
Week of 30 January 2019 Successful Students Advised  
26 February 2019 3PM - 5PM Introduction to Active Citizenship Session Woolnough Lecture Theatre
28 February 2019 2PM - 4PM Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Session Woolnough Lecture Theatre
March - June 2019 INTERNSHIPS UNDERTAKEN  
Commencing 13 May 2019 Final Presentation Series Love House Seminar Room
15 February 2019 Applications Open  
12 May 2019 (midnight) Applications Close  
By 24 May 2019 All Students Advised  
28 May 2019 2PM - 4PM Introduction to Active Citizenship Session Bayliss Seminar Room (G33)
30 May 2019 2PM - 4PM Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Session on UWA Campus UWA Boatshed carpark (opposite Forrest Hall)
June - July 2019 INTERNSHIPS UNDERTAKEN  
Week commencing 15 July 2019 Final Presentation Series Love House Seminar Room
13 May 2019 Applications Open  
30 June 2019 (midnight) Applications Close  
Week of 25 July 2019 All Students Advised  
30 July 2019 Introduction to Active Citizenship Session Webb Lecture Theatre (G21)
1 August 2019 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Session Meeting point TBA
August - November 2019 INTERNSHIPS UNDERTAKEN  
Week of 8 October 2019 Final Presenation Series Love House Seminar Room
10 September 2018 Applications Open  
26 October 2018 Applications Close  
Week of 9 November 2018 Successful Students Advised  
20 November 2018 2PM - 4PM Introduction to Active Citizenship Session Bayliss Lecture Theatre
22 November 2018 2PM - 4PM Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Session Bayliss Lecture Theatre
November 2018 - February 2019 INTERNSHIPS UNDERTAKEN  
Week of 11 February 2019 Final Presenation Series Love House Seminar Room

Opportunities

Perth

Research and Analyst Intern – Semester 2

Community Housing Industry Association WA

CHIA is the peak industry body for the Australian community housing industry, which provides one in five of Australia’s social housing properties, complementing public housing. Community housing providers manage a $30 billion-plus portfolio of more than 80,000 rental properties, which are home to people on low and moderate incomes who find it hard to access affordable or appropriate housing in the private market.

The role is to undertake research and analysis, enabling CHIA WA to develop financial modelling to understand whether or not it is more cost-effective for the State Government to provide social housing through supporting community housing providers than directly providing public housing itself.

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Perth

Project Intern – Semester 2

ConnectGroups Support Groups Association WA Inc.

ConnectGroups is the peak body for Self Help and Support Groups in WA. It promotes the philosophy and practice of peer support throughout Western Australia.

ConnectGroups has recently included online (Facebook) Support Groups in its membership category and is keen to conduct a study to identify:

  1. What their needs are.
  2. What are their current challenges in ensuring safety and sustainability of the Support Group.
  3. Identify the level of engagement and relevance of ConnectGroups sector development services vs. their current needs.
  4. Conduct a gaps analysis and provide recommendations for the implementation of targeted service delivery.
  5. Inform the development of a Good Practice Framework for how to run a Facebook Support Group.

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Perth

Project Intern (Law Reform) – Semester 2

Consumer Credit Legal Service Western Australia

Vision: A strong community, empowered by consumer and financial rights.

Mission: To support the community by educating people about, and advocating for, their consumer and financial rights.

The intern will investigate legal issues that present as systemic or emerging problems for WA consumers, such as:

  • The prevalence and consequences of WA elderly consumers’ signing up for retirement village contracts.
  • The WA motor vehicle industry’s practices of hard sales, and penalising buyers who change their minds about buying the vehicles by charging 15% of the purchase price.
  • The Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and its utility for consumers who seek to enforce their ACL rights for defective goods and services.
  • The predatory behaviour of debt management businesses who are in fact debt vultures preying on debtors in desperate and dire financial situations.
  • The practical challenges that residents, buyers, claimants, and debtors in the above scenarios face, when they turn to the law to help them.

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Perth

PR and Marketing Intern – Semester 2

Directions Disability Support Services

Directions Disability Support Services has provided personalised and individually tailored support to people with disability and their families for over 20 years, and has developed an excellent reputation for high quality relationship-based services.

Directions is a relationship-based organisation that has created a friendly and affirming work environment where everyone is valued and supported. Directions is looking for Marketing and Public Relations intern to assist with a range of activities across the portfolio to strengthen the brand and enable Directions to continue doing its critical work in the community.

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Perth

Social Impact and Evaluation Intern – Semester 2

Employment Law Centre of WA Inc.

The Employment Law Centre of WA aims to help vulnerable workers understand and enforce their rights at work through high quality legal advice, assistance, education and advocacy.

ELC would like to capture client and stakeholder experiences of its service, nature of assistance they received, whether it was helpful, and what outcomes were achieved for clients and the community. This will information will inform the ELC service delivery design to ensure it is achieving our organisational mission. The ELC will review the client evaluation report and update ELC client and stakeholder feedback mechanisms based on report recommendations.

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Perth

Social Media and Community Legal Education Intern – Semester 2

Employment Law Centre of WA Inc.

The Employment Law Centre of WA aims to help vulnerable workers understand and enforce their rights at work through high quality legal advice, assistance, education and advocacy.

Social media is a key means of connecting with vulnerable workers including gig economy workers, exploited migrant workers, working holiday visa holders, people at risk of modern slavery and forced labour, and young workers.

ELC would like to increase its social media presence and begin tapping into social media networks to share resources and education material, implement the social media and community legal education plan and update the ELC website and social media platforms as guided by the Plan.

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Perth

Project Intern – Semester 2

Inclusion Solutions

Inclusion Solutions works to facilitate, educate and influence individuals, organisations and communities on the benefits of social inclusion. It develops programs that connect people at risk of social exclusion and isolation with their own communities.

While roles may vary from semester to semester, the typical Project Officer role at inclusion Solutions is a dynamic and personalised one. At any given time, the organisation is working across anywhere from 10 to 15 different projects.

There is a strong likelihood that you will be assigned one or two of these projects and will work intensively to carry out specific duties to ensure a strong and successful delivery of the respective project/s.

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Perth

Marketing & Communications Intern – Semester 2

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Services

Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health is a provider of vital services to refugee and migrant women, supporting them to become contributing members of the community. Our mission is to provide inclusive, holistic and culturally sensitive services for women and their families promoting healthy communities.

The Marketing and Communication Intern will work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop and implement a fundraising campaign for Domestic Violence (DV) that will launch in October for DV Prevention Month. The campaign will involve crowd fundraising, 5-10 small fundraising events held around Perth.

As part of the role, the intern will be required to create content for social media and the website, direct marketing materials such as e-invites and assist in the creation of printed marketing collateral in the lead up to the launch. Following the campaign the internship will culminate in the creation of a post-campaign report.

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Perth

Research and Evaluation Intern – Semester 2

Mission Australia

For more than 155 years, Mission Australia has been a catalyst for change by improving lives through the provision of evidence based services that move Australians in need towards independence.

The Research and Evaluation Intern will conduct a research pieces identifying why young people have chosen to leave the Drug and Alcohol Youth Service (DAYS) Youth Withdrawal and Respite Program prior to their end treatment date. This research will require liaising directly with Mission Australia and Next Step staff to develop and design a questionnaire that will then be discussed with past clients of the DAYS service.

This data will be complied into a report that the DAYS leadership team will utilise to review and enhance areas of service delivery to ensure young people have every opportunity to complete a successful treatment stay.

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Perth

Shout Out Media Intern – Semester 2

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of WA (MYAN WA) based out of YACWA

MYAN WA’s vision is for WA to be place where young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds feel safe, welcome and receive the support and opportunities they need to achieve their full-potential. MYAN WA’s mission is to increase positive outcomes for young Western Australian’s from refugee and migrant backgrounds, through youth empowerment, sector capacity building and advocacy. MYAN WA coordinates the Shout Out program.

The purpose of this role is to work on the Shout Out project. Shout Out is a public speaking bureau for young people aged 18 to 25 from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It is designed to enable young people to speak up for themselves and share their experiences and views on a range of topics with a variety of audiences. MYAN WA has just received funding to expand this project and go into up to 80 public schools to deliver engagements as well as deliver 12 youth engagement training sessions in schools or youth groups over the next year.

The purpose of the Shout Out Media intern role would be to work with the Shout Out Project Officer (who coordinates the project) to film or digitally record some of the work that is being done, develop more podcasts of some of the Shout Out speakers and promote the project through social media.

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Perth

HR Intern – Semester 2

Parkerville Children and Youth Care

Parkerville Children and Youth Care works to protect, care, advocate and promote recovery for children and young people who have experienced trauma from abuse, to support families and to work with the community to prevent child abuse.

The HR Intern will provide support to the human resources team, particularly regarding the preparation and processing of documents and information related to employment and performance reviews of Parkerville employees.

The HR team play an important role in maintaining a Child Safe accredited organisation through best practice in screening, recruitment and induction. The intern will be expected to contribute to upholding the child safe standards and promoting a child safe culture.

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Perth

Business Support Intern – Semester 2

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care protects and cares for the most vulnerable children and youth in our community through the provision of a therapeutic environment that utilises a range of professional services.

The intern will work within the Corporate Services team in the Midland office. They will provide important support to the admin and Learning and Development team and staff and offers hands-on experience working as part of a not-for-profit organisation. The intern will also have the opportunity participate in researching trauma informed practice models, new and emerging training packages for staff working with children recovering from trauma and abuse, discovering new online methods of facilitating learning, support the implementation of Child Safe Standards and maintaining a child safe culture as well the opportunity to participate in team meetings, internal training sessions, visit other programmes and sites.

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Perth

Marketing and Events Intern – Semester 2

Parkerville Children and Youth Care Inc.

Parkerville Children and Youth Care protects and cares for the most vulnerable children and youth in our community through the provision of a therapeutic environment that utilises a range of professional services.

This role will work within the Marketing and Communications team in the Parkerville office. The intern will provide important support to the team and gain hands-on experience working as part of a not-for-profit organisation. The intern will provide support in philanthropic fundraising and events management, so that Parkerville CYC can continue to do its important work with children and young people. The intern will gain valuable experience in how large NFPs engage with fundraising, events, social media and philanthropy. Parkerville CYC host large annual events to raise community awareness on the impact of child abuse, the intern will play a key role in helping ensure the events run smoothly.

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Perth

Project Intern – Semester 2

Ruah Community Services

The Ruah vision is to create flourishing communities through the active participation and well-being of people with complex needs. Its mission is empowering vulnerable and disadvantaged people to create meaningful change in their lives through provision of quality support services. Ruah provides psycho-social support for people in the community experiencing family and domestic violence, housing and homelessness issues and people in need or wanting mental health support.

The intern will support the Program Manager (Strategic and Forward-facing Projects) to design and build innovative projects working to end family and domestic violence. Ruah has some exciting work in the pipeline and are keen for some innovative thinkers who can support them to design new services and health models.

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Perth

Marketing and Communications Intern – Semester 2

Southcare

Southcare is a community of people with a passion to make a difference in the lives of the people we work with and for the wider community.

The intern role requires a person with the ability to analyse information, strong written and verbal communication skills and attention to detail. The role is to create content for social media channels to market the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged Care and Community Boards with the intent of promoting the programs:

  • existing projects that have been developed over the past 6 years by developing a blog post about each project.
  • existing content that was developed at the 12 Unconventions held over the past six years by reviewing the content and developing social media to promote information.
  • Emerging Leaders in Governance Graduates who are now Board Directors.

In addition, the intern will review the list of Community Partners and prepare a plan to meet with each of them with the intent of creating a video or blog testimonial/program endorsement.

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Perth

Marketing and Communications Intern – Semester 2

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre

St Patrick’s Community Support centre provides immediate and holistic care for the homeless, those at risk of being homeless and the disadvantaged in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan area of Perth. Our key services include: emergency relief, housing (crisis and transitional accommodation), meals, a day centre, welfare and essential health provision. We also deliver specialist programs such as education and training, art and music, recreation, youth at risk, rough sleepers and proudly partner with other agencies across the community to achieve our goals.

The intern will support St Pats from a marketing and communication perspective. St Pats undertakes a number of public and fundraising events within the local community or in partnership. This role will particularly focus on the annual fundraising, donor and volunteer events/stakeholder engagement strategies providing support in the planning and implementation.

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Perth

Project Intern – Semester 2

St Vincent de Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the largest and longest serving charities in WA, offering a hand up to people in need for 150 years. It provides assistance to many Western Australians through food and material aid, budget advice, shelter, advocacy and support. Mission: The Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

The intern will work alongside the Executive Manager to research, consult on and develop Vinnie’s WA Youth Services Strategic Framework.

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Perth

Research Intern – Semester 2

Telethon Kids Institute

Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) brings together community, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and funders, who share its vision to improve the health and well-being of children through excellence in research. The TKI goal is to create a research institute that makes a real difference in our community, which will benefit children and families everywhere.

The intern’s time will be spent working on one or more of research projects related to the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ young people being conducted in the Youth Mental Health team.

  • The development of suicide prevention guidelines for LGBTIQ young people . The intern will be involved in conducting a systematic review and Delphi study to develop guidelines for preventing suicide for LGBTIQ young people to be used in clinical settings.
  • For one project they will assist with advocacy and the translation of research we have from the Trans Pathways project (www.telethonkids.org.au/transpathways). This will include developing infographics or short reports based on state-specific data. The intern will work closely with the project leads from Trans Pathways and will be given an opportunity to apply their own research interests to the data.
  • SPARX-T – The intern will be part of an online randomised controlled clinical trial of a ‘serious’ game for preventing depression in trans and gender diverse young people.

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Perth

Events Intern – Semester 2

The Centre for Social Impact UWA

The Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) is a catalyst for change in our world, creating and delivering education that transforms, research that informs best practice, and public engagement that inspires and mobilises change makers.

This role is important within the Social Impact Festival team at the Centre for Social Impact UWA. The intern will work on duties resulting from the Social Impact Festival 2019 and prepare for the 2020 festival. There may be other duties required which are more general Centre duties.

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Perth

Business Development Intern – Semester 2

United Way WA

At United Way WA our vision is a future where every person is empowered to grow, through education, financial stability and healthy living – the building blocks for a happy life. Our mission is to work together to empower and unite communities for positive change. United Way WA tackles entrenched community issues by building a strategic network of local organisations to address complex social problems for long-lasting change.

United Way WA is a small organisation with big impact. United Way WA is in a time of transition where its portfolio is broadening and the need to remain sustainable with increased funding streams is tangible. The need for community support is increasing and so too the need to fund required projects.

The intern role will support United Way WA in sourcing further funding and also help activate current project funding. it is a business development role and requires someone with a strong work ethic, logical thinking, can follow a plan and think on their feet and show innovation.

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Perth

Social Media and Marketing Intern – Semester 2

Valuing Children Initiative

The Valuing Children Initiative is a project that inspires Australians to create a healthy society by helping all children maximise their potential. The Valuing Children Initiative creates opportunities for all children to thrive.

The VCI intern will be invaluable to the small team. The Initiative requires a steady voice through Facebook and other streams to speak to its audience and raise awareness and support for Valuing Children. The intern will assist with content creation, social media scheduling, general marketing, market research, website edits and have access to professional development opportunities as part of the team. The not-for-profit role offers a range of areas to build interest and skills, whilst making a real difference in the community.

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Perth

Project Intern (Workforce Planning) – Semester 2

VisAbility

VisAbility is a disability provider, specialising in vision impairment and acquired brain injury. Its vision is for independence for people with disability. VisAbility exists to empower people with disability to live the life they choose.

VisAbility has changed its model of working. It has established a remote workforce with blended therapy teams within Client Services. This includes teams that work across adults and children and teams that provide services within a particular geographical region. VisAbility utilises VC to support supervision and staff development, and is working towards and empowerment model – where staff are coached to find meaningful solutions to challenges they face. The intern would help review the development of supervision processes and policies to ensure that they are based on best practice and align with the organisation’s values and aspirations.

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Perth

Web Content Intern – Semester 2

VisAbility

VisAbility has a vision for independence with a commitment to provide a quality of life to people with a print disability.

VisAbility has developed a website My Vision My Choice (MVMC), specifically for Western Australians who are blind or vision impaired. MVMC is a repository of vision impairment resources and will help participants navigate their NDIS journey.

The main aim of the role is to update web content in the website and make minor changes to the website. The MVMC website is developed using WordPress.This role requires a combination of technical skills in WordPress and web content management skills. The intern will work closely with the Accessible Information Services Manager and other key stakeholders who are website content providers.

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Perth

Public Relations Intern – Semester 2

Western Australian Association for Mental Health

The Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) is the peak body for community mental health in Western Australia.

Its membership comprises community-managed organisations providing mental health services, programs or supports and people and families with lived experience of mental health issues and suicide. WAAMH also engages with a wide network of collaborative relationships at a state and national level with individuals, organisations and community members who share its values and objectives.

The intern role will support the Public Relations Manager at the Western Australian Association for Mental Health. Its public relations work enhances WAAMH’s public profile and brand, conveys information relating to WAAMH’s advocacy work, mission, events and projects, educates the community on mental health, and contributes to the overall communication strategy of the organisation.

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Perth

Marketing and Social Media Intern – Semester 2

Women’s Health and Family Services

The Women's Health and Family Services vision is to be recognised as a leader in health and well being; ensuring women, their families and their community have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. It is the leader in providing quality, gender specific integrated services to women, their families and their communities.

The intern will work closely with the Executive Manager of Strategy and Business Development and the broader Management Team to update Women's Health and Family Services' marketing and promotional materials. This includes updating the website and social media on an ongoing basis ensuring that content is current and relevant.

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Perth

Marketing and Communications Intern – Semester 2

Zonta House Refuge Association Inc.

For more than 34 years, Zonta House Refuge Association Inc. have supported women who have experienced (or are at risk of experiencing) family and domestic violence, homelessness and other life crises. Zonta House provides refuge and transitional accommodation, holistic support services and education to women over the age of 18.

This role will support the Service Delivery Manager and Administration Assistant with preparing all the marketing materials and content for the organisation and other related priority projects. Zonta encourages its interns to bring their passion for digital media and ideas to the team.

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