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The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes applications from students to its internship program for January to July 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we expect internships to be mostly undertaken remotely. There may be the possibility of some attendance in the Sydney office if mutually suitable and agreed. Interstate students are encouraged to submit an application given that the usual requirement to attend the office in person does not apply at present.

All internship placements are unpaid. Placements are in the Policy Section of the Commission. Please indicate your preferred area/s (up to 3) in your application form available here


The intent of the Commission’s internship program is to provide a practical understanding of human rights promotion and protection through the statutory functions of the Commission and create a broad appreciation of the scope of work the Commission undertakes as a National Human Rights Institution.

The Commission accepts applications from students who will be in their final or penultimate year of an undergraduate degree or in any year of a post-graduate degree during their internship. Applicants must be a current, enrolled student at an Australian university at the time of the internship.

Applicants must be covered by their university’s insurance for personal accident, professional indemnity and public liability for students undertaking a practical placement.

The Commission strongly encourages internship applications from students with disability and students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

The position document provides more detail about the program.

Please submit a resume, qualifications and completed application form to by 5.00pm on Friday 30 October 2020.

Position Documents
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