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Please note that the Internship Program considers applications from students who:

  • Are enrolled as a current UWA student;
  • Have a "Good Standing" status and Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 50 (available on your academic transcript); and
  • Will be based in Western Australia by the commencement of the internship.

Please include majors/specialisations where possible, for example: "Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Political Science & International Relations"

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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.

Please include in your AskUWA enquiry "I am applying for Faculty Approval for a McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship", and add the internship round (Summer, Winter, Semester 1 or Semester 2), and "for academic credit" OR "not for academic credit" based on your preference.

What draws you to this particular program? What you would bring to an internship in the community? What are your past experiences in service to the community? What do you hope to achieve through an internship?

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Please note that by choosing areas, there is not a guarantee that you will be matched with a role of this nature.

Please note that by choosing tasks, there is not a guarantee that you will be matched with a role of this nature.

Please note that by indicating experience, there is not a guarantee that you will be matched with a role of this nature.

Please respond as accurately as possible to the following questions, which are included to help us measure the impact of our programs and are asked again in post-internship surveys.

Please note financial support is available for interns who are required to travel.

Our internship program includes a range of roles; some are in offices, some are more physical, some involve travel. Many of our internships involve learning about difficult social issues and working with disadvantaged communities. This work may be confronting and challenging. The Internships Team and the University are here to support you.

This information will be kept confidential.

You cannot progress you application until you upload your resume. This document will be forwarded upon request (if matched) to your host organisation. For tips on writing resumes, please visit Career Hub.

Please note it is your responsibility to obtain these should they be required.

Please note this is not part of the assessment process, but supports the process matching suitable applicants to roles.

You can read the requirements here.

Internship Requirements+

Interns are selected on a competitive basis and are matched to suitable roles. Students undertake their internship through enrolment in a UWA McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship unit.

Check with your Allocated Course Advice Office for further information about the unit you would be eligible to enrol into.

The internships unit is assessed as an Ungraded Pass/Fail. To successfully complete the program, students must:

  • Complete 100 hours community service in the organisation they are appointed to
  • Submit all required internship paperwork on time
  • Undertake an additional 20–30 hours of learning tasks including compulsory sessions and assessments. The timetable below lists the compulsory introductory lectures well in advance. Applicants should ensure they can attend these sessions before applying for the program.

Program requirements are detailed in the Handbook and the Internship Guide for Students. Once enrolled, this guide and LMS are your primary sources of unit information and internship progress.

Eligibility Requirements+

To be eligible for our program, you must:

  • Be a currently-enrolled UWA student
  • Be of good standing with a Weighted Average Mark of 50 or above
  • Be eligible via faculty approval (you will need to request this at the point of application - see application form for details)
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Have good written and spoken communication skills

How to Apply+

  1. Review your study plan and consider your other commitments to ensure that you can undertake an internship as part of your course.
  2. Read the Internship Guide for Students to familiarise yourself with the program requirements.
  3. View the list of internships on offer below. This will give you an idea of the types of roles we have available this round. However, please note your application is for the program, not a specific role.
  4. Consider if you will need a Working with Children Check and/or a National Police Clearance. Be prepared to obtain these before starting your internship, including covering any associated expenses.
  5. Review the Dates and Deadlines section (these dates may be subject to change but are a good guide).
  6. Seek the additional information you may need. Check askUWA, or email the Internships Team.
  7. Prepare a current CV, for which UWA Careers and Employability can assist you. You can find the Résumé Factsheet here.
  8. Submit your application via our webform above. Please answer all questions carefully - it is a good idea to draft and workshop answers first (e.g. in Word), then copy them into the application form. Strong applications will be well written, provide good detail about your skills and experiences, and align closely with the program's ethos of active citizenship.

What Happens Next?+

Our program is competitive; there are always more applications than roles. Your application will be considered for its quality and suitability to available roles. We take into account your CV, answers to application questions, areas of interest and identified skills.

Please check your student email regularly; this is how we will contact you if we have any questions. You will also receive an email from your faculty (via askUWA) with the result of your faculty approval (note: this is a step in the process and not a final internship outcome). After the closing date of applications, you will be asked to confirm that you still wish to be considered.

Applicants are then matched to roles based on their interests and skills and the specific requirements of the available roles. When selecting and matching, preferences will usually, but not always, be given to:

• Applications ranked highly;

• Applications that indicate a ‘for credit’ unit option;

• Applicants who have not undertaken an Internship with the centre before; and

• Applicants who are enrolled in the Active Citizenship Minor.

These criteria cannot be strictly observed because the Internships Coordinator needs to consider best suitability to available roles based on the applicant’s course of study, preferences indicated in the application, and other skills identified by the applicant.

By the outcome date (listed in Dates and Deadlines) you will be notified of the outcome of your application. If successfully matched to an internship role, you will receive further instructions about enrolment. If your application is unsuccessful, you are strongly encouraged to try again in a future round.

Many internships incur small incidental costs, like any university unit. These are minimal and, in most cases, less than the cost of text books. For example, you may be required to obtain a Police Clearance ($16.70), Working with Children Check ($11.00), or a sector-specific screening check (approx. $10.00). You will also need to factor in transport costs (i.e. fuel or public transport).

Dates and Deadlines+

Internships run over Semester 1, Winter, Semester 2 and Summer periods. Please see below for our timetable for 2021-2022 internships.

Note: Please consult Class Allocation System (CAS) for the schedule of all unit sessions.

11 October 2021 Applications Open Website
23 January 2022 (midnight) Applications Close Website
11 – 18 February 2022 Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
1 March – 8 March 2022 Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
2 March – 9 March 2022 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
28 February - 3 June 2022 Internship Period Host Organisation
24 January 2022 Applications Open Website
24 April 2022 (midnight) Applications Close Website
27 May – 3 June 2022 Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
20 June – 22 June 2022 Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
21 June – 23 June 2022 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
20 June – 22 July 2022 Internship Period Host Organisation
23 April 2021 Applications Open Website
20 June 2021 (midnight) Applications Close Website
2 - 9 July 2021 Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
27 July - 2 August 2021 Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
28 July - 3 August 2021 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
26 July - 29 October 2021 Internship Period Host Organisation
21 June 2021 Applications Open Website
Sunday 10 October (midnight) Applications Close Website
22 - 29 October 2021 Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
16 November – 18 November 2021 Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
17 November – 19 November 2021 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
15 November - 17 December 2021 Internship Period Host Organisation

Opportunities

Perth

Communications Intern

12 Buckets Incorporated — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will develop effective communications across digital and traditional formats, in line with the needs of the host organisation. The intern will also develop methods for the communications strategy to continue, after the internship has finished. The intern will be responsible for the development of a Social media content calendar, creation of content and uploading content to various social media channels.

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Perth

Grants and Fundraising Intern

Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (ASeTTS) — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will investigate funding, grants, philanthropic donations and fundraising opportunities for ASeTTS to pursue, to extend or continue services to people from refugee-like backgrounds who have experienced torture and trauma. The intern will liaise with staff across ASeTTS to understand core areas of client need and areas for development or growth, where possible the intern will engage with clients and ethnic community leaders. The intern will identify avenues through which funding, grants, donations and fundraising can be pursued and through research develop materials to assist ASeTTS staff in successfully applying for resources. The intern will be supervised by the CEO, and will be supported extensively by ASeTTS' Monitoring and Evaluation Officer.

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Perth

Policies and Procedures Intern, NDIS Policy

Bethanie — Semester 1 (February - May)

Aged care providers who have NDIS participants residing in residential care became approved NDIS providers in December 2020. Bethanie is currently reviewing policies, procedures and operational actions to ensure compliance with the NDIS and the aged care standards. This internship will work with the Exec GM Business Integration to prepare Bethanie for NDIS re-registration.

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Perth

Event Planning & Marketing Support Intern 1

Centre For Accessibility Australia — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Centre For Accessibility (CFA) Australia is a not-for-profit dedicated to alleviating hardship faced by people with disability in gaining independence to online content. CFA Australia is seeking support in our marketing and communications area to assist in building up some of its projects. This includes: * Compiling existing contacts into a usable database * Assisting with communications associated with a recently launched membership drive The role will report directly to the CEO of CFA Australia and provide regular liaising with one of Perth's leading digital agencies across the projects.

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Perth

Event Planning & Marketing Support Intern 2

Centre For Accessibility Australia — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Centre For Accessibility (CFA) Australia is a not-for-profit dedicated to alleviating hardship faced by people with disability in gaining independence to online content. CFA Australia is seeking support in our marketing and communications area to assist in building up some of its projects. This includes: * Compiling existing contacts into a usable database * Assisting with communications associated with a recently launched membership drive The role will report directly to the CEO of CFA Australia and provide regular liaising with one of Perth's leading digital agencies across the projects.

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Perth

Evaluation Intern, Dried Blood Spot Testing Project Evaluation

HepatitisWA — Semester 1 (February - May)

HepatitisWA has partnered with pathology lab Genotyping Australia and Curtin University Medical Research framework to develop a new assay for viral hepatitis screening using Dried Blood Spot technology. This unique assay will screen for active viral load - surface antigen detection for hepatitis B and RNA detection for hepatitis C. The application of this assay and simple finger prick test includes opportunistic testing in community settings such as remote Aboriginal communities, frontline services like soup kitchens, DV shelters, local pharmacies, etc. HepatitisWA is aiming to conduct 1000 tests in 6 months for this pilot project. We would like to offer an intern the opportunity to be involved in this project. Data collection design, risk assessments, project documentation, etc. The intern will be integrated into our community team and provided opportunity to attend presentations, outreach testing sessions, etc, and to collect and report on data trends for the project. We have a spare desk and supportive workplace ready for an intern.

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Perth

Community Engagement Intern, Data Champion - Housing and Homelessness Services Directory Annual Review

Home Hub — Semester 1 (February - May)

Home Hub is an affordable rental housing marketplace that provides centralised and independent access to information, resources and options - like a realestate.com for affordable rental housing. Home Hub hosts WA's community-led housing and homelessness services directory. As the WA housing crisis worsens, Home Hub's services directory is becoming increasingly critical in how the WA community can access and navigate the housing, homelessness and other community services that might be appropriate. We're seeking a relationships driven and creative intern, who can take the lead on engaging with communities across WA to update the services directory. Specifically, local government, state government, the not-for-profit and private sector stakeholders are increasingly searching for easy ways to share their service information to people who may require them. Can you take the lead in making critical information and resources (potentially big data) accessible and understandable for people in need - come and help play a role in having community impact now. Use data 'for good'!

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Perth

Community Engagement Intern, Reconciliation Action Plan project

Indigo Australasia Inc — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will support with the development of a company wide Reconciliation Action Plan. Based on our early planning, we are in stage "Reflect" - i.e.: we would appreciate any support to undertake this important project. Other duties include: - Support the business with development of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) - Identify issues and gaps which need to be addressed - Suggest and implement solutions to issues you have identified - Identify possible future relationship building opportunities The intern will work under the Business Innovation Team. Community members: First Nations & TSI community

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Perth

Digital Content Officer

Indigo Australasia Inc — Semester 1 (February - May)

Intern will review, monitor and update the content on Assistive Technology website www.askned.com.au to ensure the best customer experience. The intern will also - Identify issues with content - Suggest and implement solutions to issues identified - Identify possible future content and suppliers The intern will work under the National Equipment Database Division Considerations for our stakeholders: Be mindful of Accessibility requirements (cognitive impairment/ visual disability etc) - as we are an award winner of the Australian Access Awards :)

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Perth

Project Support Intern

Indigo Australasia Inc — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Project Support intern will be working in the Business Innovation Team alongside the Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives at Indigo Solutions (https://www.indigosolutions.org.au/). They will be required to develop an organisation wide change management plan and workshops to support staff working in an agile community health environment.

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Perth

Research Intern, Monitoring how the media report WA road incidents

Injury Matters — Semester 1 (February - May)

Injury Matters understands the media plays an important role in improving perceptions towards road trauma and lowering the impact that road traffic incidents have in WA. Currently, stories about road crashes can adversely affect readers, particularly individuals involved in the incident and those previously affected by another trauma. Via the development of an Ethical Reporting Guide for Road Trauma, this project aims to improve how the media report and communicate WA’s road traffic incidents. The Guide includes recommendations regarding considerations to be made when reporting on a road traffic incident, such as; language, consent, conducting interviews, comments from experts, imagery and the inclusion of help seeking information. The Guide is currently drafted and will be disseminated to media outlets and the broader road safety sector in February 2021. This internship will primarily be involved in assessing the Guide’s influence on how road crashes are reported in WA. Utilising a media monitoring service every print, online and social media publication relating to a road traffic incident from December 2021 to May 2022 will be recorded and analysed to assess its alignment to the core components of the Guide.

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Perth

Digital Marketing Intern

Ishar Multicultural Women's Health Services — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Digital Marketing Intern will work closely with the Business Development Manager to develop and implement a strategy and content for Ishar's digital channels. This will include content creation for social media, website, SEO, graphic design, videography and photography.

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Perth

Project Intern, Member Engagement Survey

Local Government Professionals WA — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will be undertaking a member engagement survey to assist the Association to understand our members' perception of the value of their membership, the programs and support offered by the Association and seeking feedback to help us to improve our membership proposition. The intern will design and implement an online survey, analyse the results, produce a report and present the survey findings to the LG Professionals WA's Board of Management.

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Perth

Grant and Fundraising Intern, Project Development

Nedlands Yacht Club Inc — Semester 1 (February - May)

To help develop a plan for the the renovation/rebuild of our Junior Sail Training Centre to establish an accessible contemporary multi-functional training facility for teaching children, school groups and youth to sail and become active members of Nedlands Yacht Club (NYC). To assist in grant applications and community engagement and fundraising along with general promotion of the club and its activities including sailing course, school holiday programs.

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Perth

Project Intern 1, Practice Resource Development

Ngala — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Ngala Quality and Impact team work with staff to ensure they have the information and resources they need to provide safe, quality, evidence based services to families. With a strong focus on innovation and accessibility, your project will support the update and improvement of existing resources, and aid to develop new ways to support staff to improve service delivery. In this role you will have responsibility for a discreet project with two parts including: - Conducting a research review with recommendations for the innovation and redevelopment of Ngala’s ePractice guide. - The review and updating of existing practice development resources for staff and resources for families. Ideally, the student/s will have the following skills and attributes: • Area of study: Social Sciences / Public Health / Communications • Critical and creative thinker • Excellent written communication and time management skills

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Perth

Project Intern 2, Practice Resource Development

Ngala — Semester 1 (February - May)

The Ngala Quality and Impact team work with staff to ensure they have the information and resources they need to provide safe, quality, evidence based services to families. With a strong focus on innovation and accessibility, your project will support the update and improvement of existing resources, and aid to develop new ways to support staff to improve service delivery. In this role you will have responsibility for a discreet project with two parts including: - Conducting a research review with recommendations for the innovation and redevelopment of Ngala’s ePractice guide. - The review and updating of existing practice development resources for staff and resources for families. Ideally, the student/s will have the following skills and attributes: • Area of study: Social Sciences / Public Health / Communications • Critical and creative thinker • Excellent written communication and time management skills

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Perth

Grants Intern

Noongar Chamber of Commerce & Industry — Semester 1 (February - May)

Working with the Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the Operations team, under the supervision of our grants writer, you will conduct desktop research of grant databases as well as web research, to find grant opportunities aligned with our strategic and operational objectives, including but not limited to: * The scale-up of a culturally-secure one-on-one business mentoring program for Aboriginal businesses * A feasibility study for a retail marketplace for WA-based Aboriginal-owned-and-operated businesses * A website redesign project to assist us in better meeting the needs of Aboriginal businesses. You will then compile a register of grants and a timeline. Using our existing proposals as a basis for reference, you will develop compelling grant applications with the support and guidance of our grant writer.

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Perth

Event Intern, (Community Education Hub)

Perth City Farm — Semester 1 (February - May)

Assist Event Director in the delivery of community and urban sustainability events that promote the values of kinder living and fun approaches to educating and engaging with urban communities. Key events form part of the Community Education Hub. Events for Semester 1 delivery include urban sustainability focused workshops & expo, eco-festival/events and facilitated industry events. Learning opportunities: Work directly with Event Director to develop your on-the-job knowledge Working on an unusual site in delivering best possible event experiences for punters and clients Understanding site- and event-specific schedules, set ups and bump in/out procedures Event delivery with a not-for-profit framework in the sustainability sector Industry specific communication style and networking opportunities

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Perth

Event intern, Education Assistant (Community Education Hub)

Perth City Farm — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will assist the Education Coordinator in the delivery of the education program aimed at providing community members with opportunities to develop skills in sustainability, permaculture and kinder living. Other duties will include assisting the Market Coordinator with venue procedures and event operation as required, specifically on dates where the education program operates in conjunction.

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Perth

Project Intern, Engaging Generations - Analysis of Swan View demographics and local engagement for surveys

Swan Alliance — Semester 1 (February - May)

Engaging Generations is a new intergenerational community led project that is gain in ground quite quickly. We have lots of anecdotal evidence but little data to support of ongoing work. The role will be to help us begin that work (scope and plan the data collection), interact with the community to gain their views and develop a baseline for the future of this part of the work.

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Perth

Event Intern, Neighbourhood Activation

Town of Mosman Park — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern assist neighbourhood activation events in accordance with the host organisation’s needs. This may include activities in local parks and reserves and may be held during office hours and on occasion 5pm-7pm.

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Perth

Project Intern, Planning & Development

Town of Mosman Park — Semester 1 (February - May)

The intern will assist the planning and development team at the Town of Mosman Park by identifying, mapping, researching and proposing suitable planning controls for all precincts within the Town. The role will culminate in the preparation of draft Local Planning Policies for the identified precincts. Precinct planning is becoming a best-practice approach in WA and involves planning for certain land areas that require specific planning controls.

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Perth

Project Intern, Youth membership program development

Youth Affairs Council of WA — Semester 1 (February - May)

YACWA is a member-based organisation. We have membership of around 100 organisations across the State, from large not for profits (such as Anglicare) through to small or unfunded groups, research bodies and local government authorities. These organisations pay for membership. We also have a number of young people as our members. Youth membership is FREE for young people aged 12 to 25 and lasts until they turn 26. The reason that organisations and young people join YACWA is to be part of a movement that advocates for the human rights of ALL young people. Most young people who choose to join have been part of a project or event that YACWA has run and had a good experience. At the moment, young people don't really get anything 'tangible' out of being a member of YACWA. They get general newsletters, are entitled to vote at our AGM, and potentially feel more connected to us as an organisation. What we want to focus on in the first half of 2022 what more we can offer our youth members. In this role, you would work with a few key staff to find out more about why our current youth members joined, and what they would like to get out of the program, as well as finding out what would encourage young people who are not members to join. Once you have this information you will be looking at developing the framework of a program, for example it may look like a youth specific e-newsletter with opportunities, a biannual networking event, free trainings or workshops and so on.

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