Internships at the Federation
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us and supporting access to justice. The Federation has very limited internship and volunteer placements available on a rolling basis.
If you are interested please send through an introduction letter/email and a CV to the Director of Engagement, Melanie Poole - firstname.lastname@example.org.
University subject placements
We currently offer internship opportunities to law students through the following university subjects:
Melbourne Law School legal internship
Law students from the University of Melbourne can apply to undertake an internship with us through Melbourne Law School's Public Interest Law Initiative Internship Program. Details of the internship, including key selection criteria, are available from the Melbourne Law School Careers Office.
La Trobe University – Public Interest Law Practice placement
Law students from La Trobe University can apply to undertake an internship with us through the Public Interest Law Practice subject.
Unfortunately, we do not conduct a legal practice and cannot provide College of Law or Leo Cussen placements. Please see our About Us page for more information on our role.
General intern selection criteria
The following criteria generally applies to law students wishing to undertake a university placement with us. Please refer to your subject coordinators for selection criteria specific to your subject placement.
We are keen to get enthusiastic people on board who:
- have a strong interest in working for social justice;
- want to contribute to the work undertaken by the community legal sector;
- want to contribute to addressing sources of social disadvantage through law reform, campaigns and advocacy;
- want to engage with the Victorian community, the community legal sector, the non-profit sector and government in working towards achieving positive social change.
Key intern duties
We want interns to experience what goes into achieving social change and to develop the skills involved in doing this work. Volunteers may:
- take calls from community members seeking legal help and make referrals to appropriate legal services;
- undertake research tasks for the Executive Officer and Policy Officers;
- undertake administrative tasks, including coordinating meeting room bookings and maintaining our library;
- update our community law website and assist with our newsletter;
- attend, contribute to and take minutes of working group meetings;
- contribute to drafting submissions to government inquiries;
- proof read and edit reports and submissions drafted by Federation staff; and
- assist the sector development manager in organising events and training, updating our toolkits, and collating evaluation reports and other data relevant to the community legal sector.
What we look for
In your application we would like to hear about your previous relevant work experience and skills, including:
- demonstrated social justice interests (including through research and volunteering);
- in addition to your law studies other studies or degrees relevant to social justice work (for example, criminology, gender studies etc);
- writing, research and analytical skills;
- skills relevant to providing administrative support to a dynamic team;
- strong communication skills; and
- any other information you consider relevant to the 'key intern duties' listed above.