Internships

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties regularly hosts students for placements and internships.

Students come from various countries, including France, Germany and the USA, as well as Australia, and the internship experience suits a variety of courses, including law, political science and communications.

The length of internships and placements vary, depending on the student's requirements. They generally last between 20 days and 6 months and can range from a couple of hours to a couple of days per week.

Student placements and internships with NSWCCL often fulfil the requirements for a university program. NSWCCL will enter an agreement with the student's university to formally record the internship or placement.

Some universities have particular requirements for the status of the hosting organisation for internships and student placements. NSWCCL is a not-for-profit non-government organisation in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, by resolution 2006/221 (21 July 2006).

Students get involved with a variety of activities with NSWCCL. Activities typically include researching civil liberties and human rights issues, writing submissions to government inquiries, preparing information for media releases and comment, drafting responses to complaints about breaches of civil liberties, assisting asylum seekers and refugees, and attending meetings and conferences.

Action Group Interns

Interns may be attached to an Action Group which they support by:

  • Attending monthly group meetings (currently via Zoom)
  • Providing research support to the group as required
  • Assisting with drafting letters, submissions and other materials as required

Project Interns

Other interns contribute to a particular project - two current examples include:

  • Analysing Australia's response to adverse UN findings to contribute to our White Paper and inform our UN contributions.
  • Reviewing our historical policy positions to improve our website archive and inform ongoing policy development.

Student placements and internships are unpaid. We will match you with an appropriate mentor to provide advice and ensure that your experience is a positive one.

How to apply

Please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]u.

You cover letter should outline:

  • Why you'd like to help NSWCCL and why you think you would be a good fit.
  • Whether you'd like to:
    • be attached to an Action Group (in which case, which groups would be of interest?); or
    • contribute to an NSWCCL project (in which case, do you have a project proposal or preferred topic?)
  • Your ideal start date and duration of internship
  • You availability (how many hours a week, and is this limited to specific times or days?)
  • Your location and whether you'd prefer a remote placement or to be placed in the office of an NSWCCL officeholder (if possible)