Potential host organisations
Thinking about an internship, whether locally or overseas, but unsure where to start?
The good news is that we have a lot of experience built up over many years now - and every year the list of host organisations and locations continues to grow!
To help with your decision-making we have compiled a resource base involving: organisations where students have completed internships; other potential organisations which we feel could be approached regarding a possible internship; and, more general websites which in our assessment provide valuable resources in terms of potential host organisations. Please note however that there is no guarantee that the organisations listed will have a current vacancy for an intern, and both their needs and the demand for placements can and does vary enormously over time. In addition, students are not restricted to these organisations. You are welcome to approach other organisations which you feel compliment your studies and where for instance you or a family member or friend may have good contacts.
It is essential that you approach prospective host organisations in a professional and courteous manner. Good prior preparation is of the utmost importance!
Please plan well ahead. You should be actively exploring placement opportunities 8 months prior to when you plan on commencing an internship.
Before you approach potential host organisations
For students enrolled in the Bachelor of International Studies, including the BIS/BComm and BLaws/BIS
- Download and read carefully the International Internship Information Pack, taking particular note of relevant deadlines.
- Ensure that you will be able to accommodate your planned internship (whether 2cp or 4cp unit) within your course structure - it may be prudent at this point to speak with staff from the Faculty Student Support Office about this.
- Update your CV - it is strongly recommended that you utilise the Student Services resume builder service. Gather relevant academic writing samples, as some organisations request writing samples relevant to the position as a part of the application process.
- All students who have enrolled in the BIS (or one of the combined degree iterations) from and including 2011 are required to have completed AIS201 International Studies @ Work before undertaking an internship. If you enrolled in the course before then we strongly recommend that you pick up AIS201 if you can still fit it in. AIS201 is offered in T1 of each year so please plan your course study activities accordingly.
- You may undertake your internship with a suitable organisation overseas or domestically. In the case of the latter, you are restricted to the 2cp internship unit, whereas for the former there are 2cp and 4cp options (see the Internship Information Pack for details).
- You will find it useful to download the Host Organisation Information booklet which will give you an idea of what we look for in an internship placement and the responsibilities of the relevant parties (hard copies are available from the Internship Unit Chair).
As you start looking into potential host organisations
- What are the main learning outcomes I am hoping to realise through an internship, having regard to my course of study and career interests?
- What field(s) am I most interested in and what sorts of organisations would I most like to work with?
- Where do I want to go?
- When do I want to go?
- How much money is it likely to cost? It can be very expensive to spend a month - let alone several months - in Europe or North America, compared with less developed countries for instance.
- The materials provided here represent a guide to potential organisations as you embark upon securing an internship placement. It is not an exhaustive list, nor is there any guarantee that organisations listed are currently offering internships. It is rather a guide to some key organisations and a stimulus for your thinking as you commence your research into possible placements.
- Some organisations formally call for applications for internships, with set timeframes and application processes. Most however do not have a formal process and often a student’s ‘off-the-street’ approach to them may be the first time they have even thought about taking on an intern. For this latter group of organisations in particular our Host Organisation Information booklet will address many of their questions or concerns.
Using the accompanying listings
- Organisations have been grouped under the broad fields listed below. You will find some resource links at the top of each list. These are either peak bodies, or good websites with databases that will help guide you to potential host organisations. Underneath the resource link(s) you will also find details of some specific organisations you may wish to approach.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
- Human Rights and Law
- International Aid and Development
- Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migration
- Social Welfare and Social Justice
- Think tanks and policy research
- Women and Gender Equality
- Matching Organisations
- Volunteer Abroad Organisations
- There are organisations which specialise in matching students with internship opportunities, while volunteer abroad type organisations have mushroomed in recent times and participation in one of their overseas programs can be considered for an internship but will need to be discussed with and assessed by the Unit Chair.
- Matching Organisations
- Volunteer Abroad Organisations
After researching potential host organisations
- See Step 2 in the Internship Info pack. Complete the Expression of Interest Form and email it, along with a copy of your resume, to the Unit Chair Dr Cai Wilkinson. A meeting will then be arranged to discuss your plans, relevant timelines and so forth.
All planned placements MUST be discussed with the Unit Chair BEFORE committing any funds and before making travel bookings.
No student can enrol in an internship unit until the Unit Chair has approved his or her internship placement.