Four Current Internships Available through Connect50
Connect50 (https://connect50.org.au/) is part of the Victorian Government’s economic participation plan for people with disability 2018-2020 and will be supporting 75 internship opportunities in regional Victorian organisations across Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, and the Latrobe Valley, and 10 internships in Victorian Disability Advocacy Organisations from now until February 2021. Internships will generally occur during the Winter and Summer semester breaks, but may also be announced at other times during the year.
There are 4 current opportunities advertised for the Summer 2019 / 2020 cohort on the Students page of the Connect50 website (https://connect50.org.au/students/) and they’re expecting another Legal Intern opportunity at Coulter Roache (Geelong) any day now.
Currently advertised opportunities include:
- Harwood Andrews (Geelong) – Legal Intern
- TAFE Gippsland (Morwell / Traralgon) – Report Writer Disability Action Plan Intern
- GForce Employment Solutions (Geelong) – Project Assistant Intern
- VALID (Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability) (Melbourne – Richmond) – Project Officer Intern
The internship roles run for 152 hours over the Summer semester break (Dec – Feb, actual dates TBC) and are open to students in their penultimate or final year of University, or studying a Cert IV or above at TAFE, who identify as having disability.
The formal closing date for the opportunity is Friday November 15th, however applications will be left open until there are suitable candidates confirmed.
Students are asked to apply as soon as able so that interviews can be conducted and students can be offered pre-program support.
Students can also join the mailing list, to hear about opportunities as they are announced, via the Students page of the site or via this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/73579LR
Current Internship Details
Internship No. 1
The first internship is a Legal Intern role at Harwood Andrews (Geelong), this role is open to Law students in their penultimate or final year of study.
This internship will provide some insight as to what it is like working in a law firm. The successful candidate will get a practical hands on experience, working in a couple of different practice areas.
Harwood Andrews has advised that they are also open to placing the intern in a practice area that is of interest to them (if possible).
Internship No. 2
The second is for a Project Assistant Intern at GForce (Geelong). This intern will provide assistance and support in the delivery of a targeted project that will promote the benefits of employing persons with disability.
The opportunity is open to University students studying any degree – Business, HR, or Marketing desirable but not required – and TAFE students studying Cert IV and above.
Internship No. 3
The third internship is for a Disability Action Plan Report Writer role at TAFE Gippsland (based in Morwell / Traralgon) that is open to both eligible University and TAFE students studying any course.
The successful candidate will contribute to TAFE Gippsland’s commitment to provide an accessible educational environment by: Seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders as to the initiatives and actions required to create an accessible educational environment; and by assisting with the drafting and development of a Disability Action plan in line with policy requirements with stated actions, agreed time-frames and measurable outcomes.
Internship No. 4
The final and fourth internship opportunity is for a Project Officer Intern at VALID (Richmond / Melbourne).
VALID has received funding to run a project that focuses on identifying the barriers to effective disability support that people with intellectual disability face when they are involved in the criminal justice system. The Justice For All project has a number of key components, including the development of a Peer Action Group (PAG). The PAG will be comprised of people with intellectual disability who have lived experience of the criminal justice system, and will meet monthly to identify a range of systemic issues they would like to work on.
The successful candidate will support the work of the Advocacy Coordinator to develop and recruit participants to the Peer Action Group. This opportunity is open to University students in their penultimate or final year of study, ideally studying Social Work, Criminology, Community Development, or Law.