Develop a range of professional and personal skills while making a difference in your community
Community Internship (3002LFC) is a 10CP free-choice elective course available to all students who have completed a minimum of 80CP of study. It provides you with the opportunity to develop a range of professional and personal skills while making a difference in your community through combining volunteering with academic learning.
Discover our pool of skilled student volunteers
We are very excited to have our skilled students assisting many amazing organisations, such as: QLD Homicide, Australia Zoo, Tangalooma Eco Marines, RSPCA Head Office, Wesley Mission, Brisbane, Lifeline, Cancer Council, Crime Stoppers QLD, Meals on Wheels, Princess Alexandra Hospital, QLD Homicide, and The Migrant Centre just to name a few.
Community Internship Stories
A chance encounter whilst volunteering as a youth mentor has opened Bronte Fletcher’s eyes to many new possibilities and the opportunity for a career in midwifery.
Community and social campaigning are the focus for Parkwood’s Skye Miller following her positive experience as a volunteer during a student internship program.
Congratulations to the Community Internship team
The Griffith Community Internship Program team received a 2017 AAUT Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in the Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education category. The team also received an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2016.
The Griffith Community Internship Program team with Professor Debra Henly, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), at the AAUT awards ceremony in December 2017. Left to right: Ben Cameron, Catherine Longworth, Carol-joy Patrick, Professor Debra Henly, Bernadett Dobos and James Smith.
Griffith graduates of influence
The Griffith Community Internship program is available to all students across the university as a way to achieve personal and professional transformation through volunteering in not-for-profit organisations while studying a purposefully designed curriculum with a focus on human rights, citizenship and social equality. The program has designed an academic support model which ensures students of all capabilities and capacities can succeed in their internship. This approach results in graduates of influence who continue contributing to their community as volunteers after the completion of the course.
Transformative work-integrated learning
The program provides a sustained and demonstrably effective whole-of-university approach to concurrently enhance students' employability and their on-going civic engagement. Since 2012 over 2300 students have achieved personal and professional growth while providing over 120,000 hours of volunteering to almost 400 community organisations. The program has grown from availability as a free-choice elective and is now included as a core or listed and recommended elective in over 70 discreet undergraduate or postgraduate programs. The program has attracted significant interest across the sector as an example of transformative work-integrated learning.