A combination of volunteering and studying human rights, citizenship and social equality

Community Internship (3002LFC / 7510LFC) is an award-winning 10CP free-choice elective course available to all students who have completed a minimum of 80CP of study. Students can choose from hundreds of local and global internships across all discipline areas.

Graduate with work experience that matters

You could be volunteering on the beautiful island of Fiji or in magical India. You could be helping children at local hospitals in Brisbane or the Gold Coast, or organising events, creating magazines and brochures, assisting the elderly or helping animals. The opportunities awaiting are endless.

Our students have provided over 150,000 volunteer hours to community organisations to date since 2012 and many have gained their first paying jobs at the end of their internship.  By doing Community Internship, you are not only going to have an amazing, fun-filled, transformational experience but you will also gain work experience and practice your skills in the field before you graduate.

We have hundreds of very exciting global and local internship opportunities to offer. Be ahead of the game, gain relevant work experience, network with other professionals in your field, learn about other cultures and make a difference that counts. To top that, you get 10CP Academic Credit upon successful completion of the course.

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

Bronte Fletcher

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.

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Skye Miller

Community and social campaigning are the focus for Parkwood’s Skye Miller following her positive experience as a volunteer during a student internship program.

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Community Internship in 2018

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.

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