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Information for Host Organisations
The Community Internship Programme offers you a fantastic opportunity to improve your capabilities as an organisation by utilising skills and experience from outside your normal reach.
There may be areas of business or operational development that no one from within your organisation is able to progress. Lack of expertise or knowledge can be a real hurdle to the progress and effectiveness of your organisation. This is the hurdle the Community Internship Programme aims to help you leap.
If your not-for-profit organisation needs access to skills and experience beyond the range of your own governance or staff capabilities, and you feel that you could offer a good internship experience to a person with those skills, then the Community Internship Programme is for you.
How it works
The Local Government and Community Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs provides each successful host organisation with funding for the salary of the intern (plus GST, if registered). The host community organisation is responsible for the provision of administration and resources to support the internship.
(Please Note: In certain circumstances the Panel may consider lowering the salary subsidy for the Intern to cover resource costs. However, it is expected that host community organisations will have planned for, and can provide for, the administrative and resource costs associated with hosting the intern and undertaking the internship).
Host organisations may apply for community internships of 3 months, 4.5 months or 6 months duration, with the agreement of the intern and their employer / home organisation. Refer to How The Programme Works for further detail.
In looking for an intern to assist your organisation to achieve its development objectives, you may have an ongoing relationship with a government department, local authority, business, service provider, partnership or another community organisation, who may have a staff member or volunteer interested in the professional or personal career development opportunities provided by a community internship experience.
Whether it is your organisation that initiates the internship proposal, or an organisation you work with, or one of their employees, all three parties to the internship proposal need to participate in the planning and development of the internship proposal. Developing a good understanding of each other's respective goals, roles and expectations helps to ensure that the internships benefits gained from the internship are available to all three parties.
As one former Intern expressed it:
A former Host Organisation articulated the key factors in the success of their internship experience:
“The success of this project was largely due to the personal and professional attributes of the intern and her ability and flexibility to fit in and communicate with the host organisation. I believe that we were very fortunate in this and can see that this could be problematical if it were not so.”
Proposals will be considered for internships that will:
What you need to do
Last updated: 16/12/2005