ACOSS Media Internship

General guidelines

ACOSS runs a media internship program and welcomes applications from Media, Journalism and Public Relations students for a minimum placement of three months throughout the year. We are particularly interested in high achieving third-year undergraduate or postgraduate students who are ready for practical experience in the field with the national peak body for the social and community sector based in Surry Hills, Sydney.

Student placements can only involve work considered part of ACOSS’s core business, in line with current strategic objectives and organisational priorities.

ACOSS is not in the position to offer placements to students who wish to design their own tasks or projects, though we will endeavour to make tasks as diverse and interesting as possible, and design a work plan in collaboration with the selected intern. ACOSS will aim to provide meaningful and relevant experience to complement the student’s university studies.

Due to the specialised nature of our work and the limited capacity to supervise students, ACOSS will outline in this document the specific attributes, requirements, tasks and skills expected of internship candidates. Given ACOSS’s advocacy role as the national voice for the needs of people affected by poverty and inequality, we have a preference for students with a well-developed understanding and demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity issues.

Who we are looking for

  • Third-year undergraduate or postgraduate Media, Journalism, and Public Relations students
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity issues
  • Solid writing and all-round communications skills
  • Social media skills – facebook, video editing (YouTube), blogs, twitter etc. – possibily video producing capabilities
  • Good online researching skills
  • Students from low socio-economic, Indigenous and ethnic minority backgrounds fitting the above description are encouraged to apply.

General Tasks/Role

The role expected of the intern will be wide ranging and will be negotiated at the commencement of the placement. This may include:

  • Assisting with ACOSS events and forums – National Conference, policy forums, and others
  • Media Monitoring, media releases, and maintaining media contact lists
  • Special projects – help with features /or producing short videos telling stories of the sector – focusing on programs/work of our member groups working on the ground with clients
  • Publications – help with ACOSS quarterly magazine ‘Impact,’ monthly newsletter ‘ACOSS@Work’ and other publications as directed

All applications will be considered on an individual basis based on personal competencies and relevant experience (both personal and professional) that demonstrate a capacity to achieve the agreed outcomes.

Resume and Interview

All applicants must submit a resume with two referees (academic, previous work, or personal) and a covering letter stating why they are interested in the role and what they would bring to ACOSS. All candidates will also be required to complete a writing test and referee check and present for an interview at the ACOSS office.

Learning Contract

ACOSS will negotiate with candidates to establish mutually agreed objectives and outcomes as part of a ‘learning contract’. The ACOSS Media and Communications Officer will be responsible for supervising the intern with the assistance of the Office Manager, and subject to the approval of the CEO.

Prior to commencement, the student and ACOSS must agree on the expectations and responsibilities of both parties. In general the ‘learning contract’ will be set out by the academic institution and signed by the student, a representative of the institution, and ACOSS.

Attendance Pattern

Due to capacity constraints, ACOSS prefers interns to attend one full-time day per week for a minimum period of three months. Extra days can be agreed to during specific projects requiring attendance on days other than the agreed regular day of attendance. On agreement the internship may also be extended beyond three months.

The selected intern will be on trial for the first month of the placement and ACOSS reserves the right to terminate an internship if it determines that the student is not suitable in line with ACOSS organisational principles and values, or fails to perform at the level expected and outlined in the ‘learning contract’.


In general there is no remuneration or reimbursement of personal expenses. Travel expenses to and from the COSS office and home are not reimbursable. Costs incurred at ACOSS’ request are fully reimbursable.

Public Liability Insurance

The student’s educational institution will be required to provide insurance cover for any potential injury the intern may sustain while they are undertaking the internship at the ACOSS premises or activities as part of the internship.


At the conclusion of the internship, the ACOSS supervisor(s) will provide the student with some feedback on their performance in a brief written completion report as required by the student’s educational institution. Students may also be given a reference detailing their contribution to ACOSS during the placement.

Further Information

If you require any further details on the ACOSS media internship program please contact the Media Adviser, Fernando de Freitas on 02 9310 6209 Interested candidates are also encouraged to visit our website to learn more about the work of ACOSS.

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