Social Welfare and Social Justice

Resource sites

The Australian Council of Social Service
The Australian Council of Social Service is the peak body of the community services and welfare sector and the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality. The member list will provide you links to many organisations to enquire about internship opportunities.

The Victorian Council of Social Services
The Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) has served as the peak organisation of the social and community services sector for over 60 years. VCOSS raises awareness of the existence, causes and effects of poverty and inequality and advocates for the development of a sustainable, fair and equitable society. The member listing for VCOSS will guide you to numerous organisations to research internships.

International Council of Social Welfare
ICSW and our members are active in a wide range of fields within the general areas of social development, social welfare and social justice. This includes issues such as food and nutrition, welfare and health services, social protection, education and housing, as well as many issues relating to economic development, human rights and community participation. This member list leads to peak bodies and key organisations for internship research.


Beyond Social Services
Beyond Social Services is a not for profit social welfare organisation targeting young people in Singapore. Beyond’s work practices are built on the strengths and community approaches and are guided by the principles of restorative justice and practices.
Formal Application: YES- See Intern page for details.
Location: Singapore
Costs: YES- Interns are not paid. Day to day work costs may be reimbursed.

Caritas Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is the Catholic Bishops’ agency for justice, peace and development. They work for a world free of poverty and injustice through community development, advocacy, education, and emergency relief. Caritas New Zealand is part of Caritas International. The link above is for New Zealand internship enquiries, however you may look for opportunities on other countries’ respective sites.
Formal Application: YES- See website for current opportunities and details.
Location: New Zealand.
Costs: YES- Interns are not paid.

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Civic Participation
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of members and partners which constitutes an influential network of organisations at the local, national, regional and international levels, and spans the spectrum of civil society. They work with a focus on justice in areas where participatory democracy and citizens’ freedom of association are threatened.
Formal Application: YES- See advertisements for current internship opportunities, if none, contact organisation  directly for details.
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Costs: YES- Contact organisation for details.

Edmund Rice Centre
The Edmund Rice Centre undertakes a range of projects including research, advocacy, networking, engaging with schools and the community sector, running cross-cultural immersion programs and conducting in-services and training. The Centre has a range of publications, including a quarterly newsletter, Just Thinking; a regular issues paper, Just Comment; and a number of specific research and submission papers. The Centre has a particular focus on issues affecting Indigenous and young people, but is involved in a range of social justice issues both nationally and internationally.
Formal Application: Contact organisation for details.
Location: Sydney
Costs: Yes- Contact organisation for details.

Jesuit Social Services
Jesuit Social Services works to build a just society where all people can live to their full potential – by partnering with community to support those most in need and working to change policies, practices, ideas and values that perpetuate inequality, prejudice and exclusion.
Formal Application: Contact organisation for details.
Location: Melbourne
Costs: Yes- Contact organisation for details.


Justice Africa
Justice Africa is an advocacy organisation and research institute founded in 1999 to campaign for human rights and social justice across Africa. They contribute to understanding and resolving issues on the continent, by means of conferences, media work, publications, direct engagement with policy makers, as well as initiating and supporting civil society activities for peace, justice and democracy in Africa.
Formal Application: YES- Email CV, a one page letter detailing yourself, your background and interests, which location you want to intern in, and why. See website for email address to submit. Intakes are generally taken in January, April, July or September.
Location: London or Juba, Sudan
Costs: Yes- Internships are unpaid. Costs to be covered by the intern.

LifeMosaic supports indigenous peoples to defend their rights, territories and cultures. We do this by producing popular education resources for indigenous communities, and by facilitating the widespread distribution of these resources. Projects focus on the impacts of large-scale land-use changes, and on self-determined strategies for development.
Formal Application: YES- See website for details.
Location: Global, head Office in The United Kingdom
Costs: YES- Costs covered by intern.

Partners in Health
PIH was founded in 1987, two years after the Clinique Bon Sauveur was set up in Cange, Haiti, to deliver health care to the residents of the mountainous Central Plateau. PIH co-founders had been working in the area for years. The Clinic was just the first of an arc of projects designed to address the health care needs of the residents of the poorest area in Haiti. In the 20 years since then, PIH has expanded its operations to eight other sites in Haiti and five additional countries and has launched a number of other initiatives. Internships are offered in the Boston Office as well as internationally in partner organisations and projects.
Formal Application: YES- Different cut off dates for each internship. See website for dates and application details.
Location: Global, Head Office in Boston.
Costs: Yes- Internships are unpaid. Costs to be covered by the intern.

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