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Internship Application Form

Important: Before completing the application, you must submit an enquiry via AskUWA (https://ipoint.uwa.edu.au/) to be approved to take an internship unit. Please include in your 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. You will need the enquiry Incident Number in order to complete your application below.

Please also 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 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
TBC Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
TBA Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
TBA Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
28 February - 3 June 2022 INTERNSHIP PERIOD Host Organisation
18 January 2021 Applications Open Website
22 April 2021 (midnight) Applications Close Website
21 - 28 May 2021 Applicants Notified of Outcome Email
14 - 16 June 2021 Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
15 - 17 June 2021 Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
14 June - 23 July 2021 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
TBA Introduction to Active Citizenship Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
TBA Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Sessions Crawley Campus or Online
15 November - 17 December 2021 INTERNSHIP PERIOD Host Organisation

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