Work integrated learning: Community based volunteering

Community based volunteering internships are unpaid placements in not-for-profit, community organisations.

The units encourage a hands-on approach to learning and assist you to develop 'citizenship' skills and appreciate the impact of your role as individuals in society.

The program offers a diverse range of opportunities such as assisting in a remote village in India, visiting a church or community group, going to Katmandu and volunteering in part of the Tilganga Eye Centre or volunteering at your local Red Cross, hospital, St Vincent de Paul or other not-for-profit organisation.

Community based volunteering (CBV) units aim to:

  • enhance and apply your academic learning in the workplace
  • develop citizenship, generic employability skills and graduate attributes that enhance your future employment opportunities
  • develop University partnerships through student placements that will provide organisational benefit
  • gain credit towards your degree
  • help you develop 'citizenship' and appreciate the impact of your role in society

The units involve a range of reflective assessment tasks to facilitate the learning outcomes.

Students source their own placement, however some opportunities are advertised on the University's JobShop website.

Community based volunteering opportunities are normally unpaid with Deakin University providing the required insurance cover.

Volunteering placement opportunities

Please note: Deakin University cannot guarantee the availability of placements with any of these organisations and it is the student's responsibility to ensure the organisation is suitable for your needs.

Securing a placement with any of these organisations does not guarantee enrolment in MIS291/292. Enrolment will only be unlocked once your application for the Community based volunteering unit at Deakin University is approved.

Melbourne Burwood Campus

OrganisationStudy area
AmnestyAny discipline
Anglicare VictoriaAny discipline
Australian Conservation FoundationAny discipline
Australian Migrant Education Service (AMES)Education, Any discipline
Boroondara Volunteer Resource CentreAny discipline
Brotherhood of St LaurenceAny discipline
Cancer Council of Victoria - Relay for LifeExercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion, public relations
City of WhitehorseAny discipline
Conservation VolunteersLife and environmental sciences, science
C8 JourneyAny discipline
Department of Education and Planning, Community DevelopmentAny discipline
Deakin Study Abroad and ExchangeAny discipline
Deakin Business and Law internship programCommerce
DUSA Red ShirtsAny discipline
Eastern VolunteersAny discipline
Event WorkforceBusiness, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion
International InternshipsAny discipline
Interchange Outer EastAny discipline, health, nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology
Kidney Health AustraliaHealth, nursing, public health and health promotion, public relations, science
Kidsafe VictoriaPublic health and health promotion, media and communications, marketing, graphic design
Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley Local Learning Education NetworkAny discipline
Melbourne Youth InitiativeEducation, health, nursing, medicine, public health and health promotion, psychology and social work
Oaktree FoundationAny discipline
Public Interest Law Clearing HouseLaw
Parkinsons VictoriaAny discipline
Plan InternationalBusiness, creative industries, human resources, international and political studies, communications, journalism, public relations, marketing
Projects AbroadBusiness, creative industries, education, exercise science and nutrition, health, international and political studies, journalism, public relations, law, environmental science, nursing public health and health promotion
ReconnexionPsychology, public health, health promotion, health
Roteract (Rotary Youth Programs)Any discipline
RSPCAAny discipline
Salvation Army Box HillPublic health and health promotion, psychology
St Vincent de PaulAny discipline
The Brotherhood of St LaurenceAny discipline
The Salvation Army Box HillPublic health and health promotion, psychology, social work
Whitehorse Community ChestMarketing, finance/accounting, information systems
YGAP - Y Generation Against PovertyAny discipline
YoorallaDisability

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

OrganisationStudy area
Amnesty InternationalAny discipline
Anam Cara HouseHealth, life and environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology, social work
Barwon Health Foundation 
Barwon YouthAny discipline
Cancer Council of Victoria - Relay for LifeBusiness, creative industries, education, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, international and political studies, journalism, media and communications, law, life and environmental sciences, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, social work
Conservation VolunteersAny discipline
Department of Planning and Community DevelopmentAny discipline
Diversitat - Settlement and Community Support ServicesEducation, international and political studies, law, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, social work
DUSA Red Shirts Volunteer ProgramAny discipline
Event WorkforceBusiness, exercise and nutrition sciences, health, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing, public health and health promotion, public relations
Faculty of Business & Law Internship ProgramBusiness
Gateways Support ServiceAny discipline
Glastonbury Support ServicesEducation, health, medicine and nursing, psychology, social work
Life Saving VictoriaAny discipline
Lifeline Geelong Barwon RegionAny discipline
Lions Club InternationalAny discipline
Marine and Freshwater Discovery CentreEducation, life and environmental sciences, science
Melbourne Youth InitiativeEducation, health, medicine and nursing, public health and health promotion, psychology, social work
National Trust of AustraliaAny discipline
Parks VictoriaAny discipline
Projects AbroadAny discipline
Roteract Club of Deakin UniversityAny discipline
St John's AmbulanceAny discipline
St Vincent De Paul Any discipline
Study Abroad and Exchange OfficeAny discipline
Uniting Care GeelongAny discipline, business, creative industries, human resources, information technology, journalism, media and communications, marketing
Volunteering GeelongAny discipline
YGAP - Y Generation Against PovertyAny discipline
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