Indigenous Internship to the United Nations (supported by the Bennelong Foundation)

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Country:Geneva, Switzerland
Date:15 January 2017 to 15 April 2017 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Eligible students may also apply for additional Equity Grants
Number of places:One student per year
Applications due:Thursday 18 August 2016

Are you an Indigenous student currently enrolled at Monash University? If so, you are encouraged to apply for this amazing opportunity to intern at the United Nations in Geneva as part of the Australian government's official delegation.

The position is funded by the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the Bennelong Foundation and is open to all Monash Indigenous students regardless of the course they are studying. Funding is intended to make the experience cost-neutral for the successful applicant.

About the Organisation

As an intern, you will be working within the Australian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, which supports and works with UN agencies to ensure that they can fulfil their potential to promote development and peace, respond to humanitarian challenges and protect human rights.

Check out the Mission website for more information.

Intern profile

The successful candidate will be well supported and fully integrated into the human rights section of the Australian Permanent Mission, and will be involved in supporting and advancing Australia's interests at the international level in a wide range of areas.

During the internship, you will attend a session of the UN Human Rights Council, and a session of the Universal Periodic Review (which will review the human rights records of approximately 12 countries).

Skills you will gain include developing a sound understanding of government policy, particularly as it relates to the area of work to which you are assigned.

Interns may be required to represent the Australian Government in a formal capacity – for example, by assisting with negotiations of texts and resolutions, delivering statements, and attending committees and meetings.

Walk the talk! Apply now to grow your skills and build your confidence to make a difference.

Eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this internship, you must meet the following criteria specific to this internship:

  • Currently be enrolled in a Monash University degree, whether full-time or part-time.
  • Have an Indigenous Australian background (please note that this is non-negotiable).
  • Have the ability to complete the internship without compromising studies or examination periods.
  • Be available on return to commit to marketing and promotional activities, including future use of profiles and reports in marketing material.
  • Be willing to write a report on their internship as well as submit a personal profile to the Castan Centre for use on its website. Interns may also be asked to create and run a blog, online journal or other social media forum utilising photos, video and/or text to document their experiences during and following the completion of the internship.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in human rights, either through a history of community involvement or the completion of human rights related subjects as part of your degree

The successful intern must undergo entry-level probity checks and sign a Declaration of Secrecy prior to commencing the internship.

Application process

This internship is part of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law's Global Internship Program. For full details of the application process, go to the Global Internship homepage.

Equity grants

In addition to the funding for this internship, extra financial assistance may be available to those students who can demonstrate financial hardship. Students are advised to inquire about Equity Grants by contacting Cathy Meredith (below) for more details.

Contact information

If you have any queries at all about this internship, please don't hesitate to contact the Centre Manager, Marius Smith, who would be happy to chat to you about any aspect of the internship.

Funding questions:
Cathy Meredith
Senior Student Programs Officer (International & Internships)
Student Services Level 1
Faculty of Law Building 12
Clayton campus
Phone: +61 3 9905 3311


All other questions:
Marius Smith
Castan Centre Manager
Castan Centre Level 3
Faculty of Law Building 12
Clayton Campus
Phone: +61 3 9905 3318