Social Work Internship Program

Social Work Internship Program

What is social work?

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Social work is dedicated to enhancing the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, groups, and communities. Social workers operate in a variety of settings to help people overcome challenges, improve their situations, and achieve their goals.

The primary goal of social work is to address and reduce social problems, promote social justice, and empower individuals and communities. This can involve providing support, counselling, and resources to people facing a wide range of issues, including poverty, mental health struggles, addiction, domestic violence, housing instability, and more.

Social work is guided by a set of principles that focus on the dignity and worth of every person, social justice and the importance of human relationships. Additionally, social workers often work within legal and regulatory frameworks to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Overall, social work plays a crucial role in helping individuals and communities navigate challenges and improve their overall well-being and quality of life.

What do social workers do?

Social workers may work in various settings, including:

  1. Healthcare: They may assist patients and families in hospitals, clinics, and healthcare facilities, providing emotional support, coordinating care, and helping with discharge planning.
  2. Schools: Social workers in educational settings may work with students, families, and teachers to solve academic, behavioural, and social challenges. They may also provide counselling and support services.
  3. Child Welfare: Social workers in child welfare agencies work to protect the safety and well-being of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
  4. Mental Health and Substance Abuse: These professionals help individuals and families cope with mental health issues and addiction. They may provide therapy, support groups, and help connect clients with appropriate resources.
  5. Community Development: Social workers involved in community development work with communities to identify and address social issues, promote community engagement, and promote positive change.

Specific tasks and responsibilities of a social carer may vary depending on the individual needs of the client and the setting of the work.

Why complete a social work internship in Australia?

Completing a social work internship in Australia can offer a range of benefits that can greatly enhance your professional and personal development, and future career prospects. Here are some of the key advantages:

  1. Practical Experience: An internship provides hands-on experience in real-world social work settings. This practical experience is invaluable for applying class-based knowledge to real-world situations.
  2. Skill Development: You may have the opportunity to develop and refine a wide range of essential social work skills, including assessment, counseling, advocacy, case management, and crisis intervention.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Internships allow you to build professional relationships with experienced social workers, supervisors, colleagues, and other professionals in the field. These connections can be valuable for future job opportunities and mentorship.
  4. Cultural Understanding: Australia is a culturally diverse country, and an internship can expose you to working with individuals from various cultural backgrounds. This experience will develop your cultural understanding and sensitivity in working with diverse populations.
  5. Exposure to Different Specialisations: Depending on the organisation where you intern, you may have the chance to train in different areas of social work, such as healthcare, child welfare, mental health, community development, or advocacy.
  6. Professional Development: Internships provide opportunities for continuous learning and skill-building. You’ll receive feedback from supervisors, engage in training sessions, and may have the chance to attend relevant workshops or seminars.
  7. Enhanced Problem-Solving Skills: Working directly with projects, clients and communities will require you to think critically and creatively to address their unique needs and challenges. This will help you develop strong problem-solving skills.
  8. Exposure to Ethical Dilemmas: Social work often involves navigating complex ethical situations. Your internship will expose you to ethical dilemmas and help you develop the skills to make informed, ethical decisions.
  9. Boost to Your Resume: Having an internship on your resume demonstrates practical experience and a commitment to the field of social work. It can make you a more competitive candidate when applying for future jobs or further education opportunities.
  10. Personal Growth and Fulfillment: Social work can be a deeply rewarding field, and an internship allows you to experience the impact you can have on individuals and communities. This can lead to a sense of personal fulfillment and purpose.

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Our social work internship program

Internships Down Under offers an supportive Social Work Internship Program in Australia, tailored to provide social workers with real-world hands-on experience. Through this program, participants have the opportunity to immerse themselves in real-world social projects. From healthcare institutions to community organisations, interns gain valuable exposure to the Australian social work environment and developing crucial skills. With the guidance of industry professionals, interns also develop a deep understanding of the Australian culture and ethical decision-making. This program not only offers participants with practical expertise but also provides personal growth and a sense of purpose in the field of social work.


  • Aged 18-35.
  • Sufficient English level to listen, speak and understand instructions and training.
  • Visa that permits work, volunteering, and/or training without any hourly restrictions.
  • Participants may be required to complete a working with children check. This is an essential legal requirement for anyone who works or volunteers in child-related work. It involves a National Police Check (criminal history record check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct. Results can take up to 4 weeks to be received.
  • High level of patience, empathy, and being able to follow instructions, and work as part of a team.

Start dates and duration

Participants can start almost any Monday of the year (excluding between 15th December – 15th January, and public holidays).
Minimum duration
for an internship in social work is 4 consecutive weeks.
Maximum duration is 22 consecutive weeks.


Social work internships available in Sydney.
Intern at a social organisation in Melbourne.
Social placements in Brisbane / Gold Coast.
Social care internships available in Adelaide.
Intern as a social worker in Perth.

We also have social work internship opportunities available in regional towns throughout Australia.
Contact us for further information.

About the organisations

The social organisations we partner with provide a hand-on and supportive internship program. The mission of the various organisations we partner with include feeding those in need, providing clothing to the less fortunate, and youth support programs to name a few. Each organisation are focused on making a difference to the community and will train and support you to be involved in their mission.


Internships Down Under offers two accommodation options for the social care internship programs;
Homestay (AHN)
Student Accommodation (Cozzy)


All participants must hold comprehensive insurance which covers them throughout the duration of the internship.
Internships Down Under provides and recommends the following insurance cover.

Next steps…

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