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Internship Opportunities

An internship at SCOA will give you the opportunity to see first-hand how a national peak organisation operates. You will be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the organisation, with a focus on research and policy development.

SCOA aims to ensure interns receive a meaningful experience developing their skills for future employment.  Intern projects vary depending on SCOA’s current activities.  Each intern will be provided with a project brief tailored to their internship.  Interns may be asked to undertake ad hoc activities and attend various sector meetings and consultations.  These additional tasks will provide insight into the settlement sector.

At times you will be required to work independently, so a certain level of autonomy is expected for this internship.  The team is very supportive of each other, and are committed to creating a learning environment for those completing an internship with SCOA.

Who are we looking for?

  • Someone who is organised, who has demonstrated written and oral communication skills and a passion for community and social development.
  • Someone with a strong attention to detail.
  • Someone who shows initiative in their work and is able to work autonomously and/or as part of a small team.
  • Someone who is flexible and open to taking on varied tasks at short notice.

You do not necessarily have to have any experience in the settlement sector, but you will be interested in learning more about refugee and migrant settlement in Australia.

For further information

To discuss your potential internship, or any other queries you may have, contact our national office on 02 6282 8515 or email our at

Expression of Interest Form

The purpose of this short Expression of Interest form is to help SCOA consider suitable interns from an increasingly competitive selection of applicants. Only interns who submit this expression of interest will be considered, unless they form part of a formal internship relationship between SCOA and a University.

If you wish to discuss your Expression of Interest and your chosen area of exploration prior to submission, we would be very happy to hear from you. Please contact SCOA at

Internship Expression of Interest

Intern candidates are requested to complete this form.
  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, pdf.
  • (Precise start/finish dates will be negotiated directly with successful applicants)
    (Please note, we are flexible regarding specific days or any necessary leave during the program)
  • Include information both on how you hope to benefit from your placement with SCOA and what you can offer SCOA
  • The purpose of this proposal is to nominate a specific area of research and to demonstrate your ability to engage with that topic. You are not expected to have conducted significant prior research (though it will help to have done some preparatory reading) and the proposal will by no means be binding. Successful intern/s will work with SCoA to refine their topic and identify opportunities for research. Proposals should: a) identify the topic of choice; b) explain the purpose of the research (what you hope to achieve); c) identify potential sources of information/research methods; d) outline how you see the topic meeting the goal, vision, and values of SCoA.
    Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: doc, pdf.