About Interns Australia

About Interns Australia

What Interns Australia is

Interns Australia is the support and advocacy body for interns and students undertaking work placements in Australia. Founded in 2013, we work with interns, employers, industry, governments and the community to promote the value of quality and equitable internships. Our organisation is completely independent and apolitical.
What Interns Australia is
Interns Australia is the support and advocacy body for interns and students undertaking work placements in Australia. Founded in 2013, we work with interns, employers, industry, governments and the community to promote the value of quality and equitable internships. Our organisation is completely independent and apolitical.

What we do

Education

We raise awareness and educate young people, businesses and communities about the benefits and challenges of internships

Research

We undertake research on internships and the experiences of interns

Consulting

We help businesses, universities and others to establish, review and improve their internship programs

What we believe

Interns should be paid when the law says they should be paid
Internships should provide quality training, skills development and mentoring
Interns should be protected from exploitation, discrimination and bullying or other unfair treatment
Interns should be recognised in official employment statistics

Media enquiries

Phone 0432 905 793 or email admin@internsaustralia.org.au

The Team

Executive Director – Sarah Ashman-Baird

Sarah is a marketing professional with a focus on digital and a passion for building great customer experiences, a focus which she believes could help re-design the internship market to create a more valuable experience for all stakeholders. Sarah has a background in strategy and operations and started her work with Interns Australia as a consultant reviewing the organisational strategy, from which she quickly developed a keen interest in contributing to an improved culture of internships. Having completed two internships herself, she saw the value in well-structured internships and would like to see a similar high standard adopted more broadly.

Partnerships Director – Dimity Mannering

Dimity works in financial services, managing corporate affairs, media, communications and stakeholder relations across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Admitted as a lawyer, she has worked in employment law in corporate law firms and not-for-profit legal centres and previously advised on the communications for the European Union’s youth unemployment and justice strategies. During work and study in Europe and Asia, Dimity became interested in the phenomenon of internships after witnessing the impact of economic fragility on young and vulnerable workers.

Director – Jack Kenchington-Evans

Jack is a practising lawyer and trade union official. He has specialised in labour law in private legal practice, has worked for unions in advocacy and research roles, and has delivered seminars and papers examining the relationship between labour law, labour markets, and vocational education and training.

Director – Max Resic

Max is an Industrial Officer with United Voice and has worked across the trade union movement, including with the National Union of Workers where he assisted in campaigns, research and advocacy. Prior to United Voice, Max worked as a law clerk with the Salvation Army Humanitarian legal service. Having completed multiple (unpaid!) internships, Max understands the importance of improving the legal framework around internships to prevent young people from being exploited and create a fairer playing field for interns regardless of their socio-economic background.

Secretary – Tilly South

Tilly is a founding member of Interns Australia and is a PhD candidate researching unpaid internships at the University of Technology, Sydney’s Business School where her research explores unpaid internships and the ‘employability promise’. Beyond her involvement with Interns Australia, Tilly has worked with advocacy organisations including CHOICE and Youth Action and has worked as an adviser to state and federal politicians.

Technology Director – Jodie Lam

Jodie is an Information Technology Graduate and has completed three internships throughout the duration of her degree. From her experience, she believes that an internship provides invaluable experience and knowledge that formal education cannot provide. Jodie wishes to ensure that every student gets the opportunity to complete an internship that is meaningful and ethical.

Co-Founder – Colleen Chen

Colleen works in private legal practice and has a research background in intellectual property management, labour law and international law. She has undertaken teaching and research positions at Australian universities, and is an advisory board member of several youth and labour relations organisations. In 2015 she was awarded the National Youth Employment Award by the Department of Education and Training for her work raising awareness of youth employment issues in Australia.

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Interns Australia
ABN: 99 604 465 572
ACN: 604 465 572

admin@internsaustralia.org.au
 1300 612 903
Registered office:

Suite 508, 41 Town Hall Square,
464-480 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000

Privacy Statement
Terms & Conditions