The Institute of Criminology’s Internship Program is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Sydney Law School.
This is a recently established program undertaken on a pro-bono basis. One internship position is currently offered in each semester of the academic year. Interns must be available to work one full (8 hour) day per week (or equivalent by agreement) for the duration of one semester (10 weeks). Students can also apply for admission to the program by intensive mode during winter and summer break.
The Internship Program will be of interest to those students seeking to gain experience in an organisation devoted to research and public policy in the area of criminal justice. Interns will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a broad range of Institute activities and to interact, both formally and informally, with Institute staff members.
The Institute’s Internship Program may be undertaken as credit towards the External Placement Program in Sydney Law School's undergraduate program. For further information about the External Placement Program see the Faculty of Law, Undergraduate Units of Study Descriptions.
For further details on intern activities, how to apply, when to apply, selection criteria, previous projects undertaken by interns and intern undertakings. Please download Institute of Criminology Internship Program (pdf)
The Institute of Criminology’s Internship Testimonial
Amelia Williams, who interned at the Institute in Semester 2, 2015 shares her experience:
"During my internship with the Institute, I worked on two projects involving:
(a) research for Andrew Dyer on the prevalence of irreducible life sentences and disproportionate sentences handed down in Australia, the UK and Europe and the relevant human rights arguments surrounding these, and
(b) research for the editors of the Sydney Law Review, Arlie Loughnan and Shae McCrystal about the judicial acknowledgement of one of its columns over the course of its existence and judicial acknowledgement of academic material generally.
Both projects tested my legal research skills and allowed me to develop those substantially. Further, not only did I learn a lot in an academic sense, but I discovered more about where my interests lie.
The crux of both projects really came down to the attitudes of the judiciary when applying the law and I found it so interesting to see those attitudes reflect in two distinct areas. It was a pleasure to work with all of my supervisors.
If you feel that Criminology is an area of interest for you, I highly recommend this internship program. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will always value the experience."