Perspectives

Prior Intern Experiences

PILI Internships

PILI LIV

"The greatest learning from this experience was that a legal education can be used in a
variety of ways. You don't have to be practising, and have real clients, to be contributing to justice."

Annamiek van Loon, JD student intern at the Law Institute of Victoria

Edward Davis.

"Before beginning my internship at JobWatch I completed a two day crash course in employment law and am now providing employment law and referral information on the JobWatch Telephone Information Service. I have immensely enjoyed interning at JobWatch because it gives students the opportunity to apply their legal knowledge and develop useful legal skills such as interview skills and issue spotting."
Edward Davis, JD student intern at JobWatch

Mathew Reiman

"Each day provides a new and exciting challenge that tests your abilities and encourages you to think about law in a way that textbooks cannot replicate. If you are looking for an experience working with real people who have real legal problems, Internships are a fantastic way to gain that experience."
Mathew Reiman, JD student intern at JobWatch

James Sainty.
"The Office of the Disability Services Commissioner (ODSC) was a fantastic place to intern; it had a positive, relaxed atmosphere with supportive staff who provided insightful feedback and assistance on every project I completed. In my opinion a public interest internship is not only a good way to gain valuable legal experience, but to get involved – in both a practical and analytical sense – with law's real world applications."
James Sainty, JD student intern at the ODSC

PILI - Coroners Court of Victoria students.
At the Coroners Court of Victoria Prevention Unit: Manager Lyndal Bugeja with MLS students Philip Marquet, James Hamilton and Ranjini Nair.

"I was genuinely surprised by the complex, high-profile nature of the work that I was required to do. Completing an internship provided enormous benefit to me. My analytical skills improved, and I developed a genuine interest interested in the law reform process."
Philip Marquet, JD student intern at the Coroners Court of Victoria (Prevention Unit)

"The internship program renders an opportunity for students to see our actions effecting immediate change in our communities – whether legislative or policy based. Since this internship was my first introduction into court and court proceedings, I am now able to gauge with more clarity if advocacy and the public interest law is something I can effectively tie in with my science undergraduate degree and previous public health work experience."
Ranjini Nair, JD student intern at the Coroners Court of Victoria (Prevention Unit)

Claire Alexander.

"The internship has consolidated my desire to work in an area that allows me to advocate for vulnerable members of society and achieve positive outcomes on their behalf."
Claire Alexander, JD student intern at the Federation of Community Legal Centres (Victoria)

Independent Internships

UCWIP

Quatela said her internship with the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe was everything she had hoped for.

"It opened me up to networking with a range of individuals and allowed me to develop my legal skills in a policy-oriented environment," she said.

Oski said despite the challenge of being away from home for an extended period of time, the internship offered a unique experience he would be unable to get in Australia.

Knowles-Jackson said the excitement of working "within the machine that is Congress" was, at times, overwhelming.

"Sometimes I would just stop and think, 'Wow here I am, unbelievable.'"
Sheldon Oski, Sally Knowles-Jackson and Felicia Quatela, JD student interns at the US Capitol in Washington DC as part of the Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme (UCWIP)

Emilia Budisavljevic.

"I had the opportunity to see the UN from the inside and I was treated as part of the organisation. I had conversations with people in Geneva and I was in meetings with people from all over the world who were truly inspiring."
Emilia Budisavljevic, JD student intern at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Fiji

Tai Sayarath.

"What I've enjoyed most about my experience was the opportunity to grapple with highly theoretical concepts in the real world, navigating rights and obligation in the context of a precarious legal environment. Interning with UNHCR has enabled me to further my understanding of the role that law plays in responding to refugee crises, to hone my skills and competencies and indeed, to discover much about who I am as a person! Above all, having the opportunity to contribute, if only in a minor way, to ensuring that Syrian refugees in Lebanon enjoy international protection has been the greatest privilege."
Tai Sayarath, JD student intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Supervisor Perspectives

Zana Blytheway.

"The value of student internships from the perspective of JobWatch is that it is an opportunity for us to introduce students to the community legal sector as a potential career option for them and educate them in the highly relevant area of employment law. Additionally students utilise their training and knowledge to assist disadvantaged Victorian workers with their workplace enquiries and as a consequence have enabled JobWatch to increase the number of people assisted through its free and confidential Telephone Information Service."
Zana Bytheway, Executive Director, JobWatch

FLS

"Due to the calibre of the student placements, the organisation is able to receive high level support for our criminal legal practice, social action team and legal team at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre. By rotating the students through the different parts of the organisation, they are able to develop their practical skills and gain some broad experience in the legal areas in which community legal centres practise and advise."
Julie Fletcher, Volunteer Coordinator
Fitzroy Legal Service

Anselmo Reyes.

"The Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference relies a great deal on its short-term and long-term interns from all over the Asia Pacific to assist with its goals. Interns help in preparing short case notes of Private International Law cases decided in various Asia Pacific jurisdictions. Those case notes will form part of a database which is intended to make Asia Pacific PIL jurisprudence better known throughout the world."
Professor Anselmo Reyes, HAPRO Representative
Hague Conference Asia-Pacific Regional Office (HAPRO)

FKCLC

"Melbourne Law School interns are an invaluable asset to our centre. The practical experience they gain allows them to see how their studies fit into the real legal world, and we love their positive outlook and can do attitudes. The assistance they provide is essential to our practice and to the volume of work we are able to undertake."
Trish Cameron, Manager
Flemington & Kensington Community Legal Centre

JCV

"Melbourne Law School interns help us maintain and expand the resources we provide to the judiciary, the legal profession and the wider community. In return, students benefit through first-hand exposure to the legal system and the issues facing the judiciary, as well as the chance to apply their research and writing skills in a professional context."
Matthew Weatherson, Director Research and Publications
Judicial College of Victoria

McCabe

"Students bring enthusiasm and a range of ideas and skills that greatly enrich our work. We enjoy the experience of exposing students to ways in which they might be able to apply their legal training to meaningful careers that they may not have previously thought about."
Jonathan Liberman, Director
McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Grant Davies.

"The Melbourne University Law Interns bring enthusiasm and a freshness of ideas to the work of the Office of the Health Services Commissioner. We work with the students around a project that is of interest to both the Office and them and I have found the quality of the work the interns produce is exceptional."
Dr Grant Davies, Acting Health Services Commissioner
Office of the Health Services Commissioner

VLA

"Interns assist with legal research tasks and project work, which can be of great assistance to our family lawyers in the very intensive preparation involved in some matters. Interns also assist with both administrative tasks and paralegal work, which enables smoother running of files and efficient file management."
Gayathri Paramasivam, Deputy Managing Lawyer and Accredited Specialist in Family Law
Victoria Legal Aid, Family Law Program