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INTERNS AUSTRALIA

Founded in 2013, Interns Australia is the peak body representing interns in Australia. We believe that no matter their background, every young person should be able to access fair and quality internships.

THE ISSUE

Unfair and unpaid internships are a growing problem in Australia - our research shows that 87% of internships are unpaid and 60% are illegal. 

Internships are increasingly replacing entry level jobs that young people need to get a foot in the door. The problem is that often the only way people can do unpaid internships is if they have families who can afford to support them while they work for free.

The more unpaid internships there are, the less diverse and inclusive our workplaces are, because only those who can afford it, can work for free. 

WHAT WE STAND FOR

01.

FAIR

Internships should be paid – many people can’t afford to work for free

02.

MEANINGFUL

Internships should provide quality training, skills development and mentoring

03.

PROTECTED

Interns should be protected from exploitation, discrimination and bullying or other unfair treatment

04.

RECOGNISED

Interns should be recognised in official employment statistics

RESOURCES

Check out some useful articles, contacts and links for interns and employers.

SUPPORT US

We are 100% run by volunteers and are always looking out for likeminded people to join our team. We also rely on donations to keep us operational – buy us a virtual coffee to help us improve the internship landscape in Australia and we’ll be forever grateful!