ALRC Internship Program

Photograph, described in text below.

Image: Carolyn Kearney (Information Manager), Jennifer Ruiz (Intern) and Khanh Hoang (Legal Officer).

The internship program is an important part of the ALRC’s inquiry program. An internship at the ALRC provides an opportunity for students to increase their awareness of law reform issues and improve their research and writing skills, while contributing to an ALRC inquiry. Interns join a team for one of the ALRC’s current inquiries and are supervised by a legal officer.

In 2010–11 there were 16 internships offered. The ALRC was pleased to include students of an exceptionally high standard from around Australia and abroad. Australian university students came from WA, Queensland, Victoria and NSW.

Two applicants from overseas universities received placements. In September 2010 Kate Nielson joined us from Harvard University as part of the Clinical Placement Program and we have been extremely lucky to have Kate with us for a 12-month placement, contributing to the Family Violence Inquiry, Commonwealth Laws and Family Violence and Classification Inquiries at a very high level. The ALRC has an ongoing intern partnership with the University of Maryland and in May 2011 Jennifer Ruiz completed a five-week internship working with the National Classification Scheme Review team.

During 2010–11 the ALRC was also extremely pleased to be able to offer internships to two legal officers, Kathleen Kohata and Daniel Suluia, from the Solomon Islands Law Reform Commission who spent two weeks with us observing our law reform processes and participating in team meetings and training sessions delivered by ALRC legal and corporate staff.

All our interns provided an excellent standard of work across the ALRC inquiries and were involved in a range of ALRC activities attending, when possible, consultation meetings with inquiry stakeholders, Advisory Committee meetings and inquiry team meetings.

The ALRC is indebted to our student interns whose excellent research skills and enthusiasm ensures a very high quality input to the ALRC’s work.

Interns for 2010–11

Name Institution Inquiry Duration of internship
Mayuri Anupindi UTS Discovery 6 Aug–22 Oct 2010
Kyrren Konstantinidis Sydney University Commonwealth Family Violence 20 Sept–30 Nov 2010
Kate Nielson Harvard University, USA Commonwealth Family Violence; Censorship and Classification 20 Sept 2010–15 Aug 2011
Kathleen Kohata Solomon Islands LRC General 22 Sept–6 Oct 2010
Daniel Suluia Solomon Islands LRC General 22 Sept–6 Oct 2010
Stacey McEvoy University of Queensland Commonwealth Family Violence 18 Oct–21 Jan 2011
Katie Batty Murdoch University Censorship and Classification 4 Jan–21 Jan 2011
Lucinda O’Dwyer Monash University Censorship and Classification 4 Jan–28 Jan 2011
Catherine Farrell Melbourne University Censorship and Classification 1 Feb–25 Feb 2011
Andrew Trotter QUT Commonwealth Family Violence 7 Feb–4 Mar 2011
Lauren Loz UNSW Commonwealth Family Violence; Censorship and Classification 7 Feb–4 Mar 2011
Julie McKenzie UNSW Commonwealth Family Violence 17 Mar–28 July 2011
David Rowe ANU Censorship and Classification 17 Mar–17 June 2011
Jacqueline Serkowski UWS Censorship and Classification 17 Mar–22 July 2011
Jennifer Ruiz University of Maryland, USA Censorship and Classification 9 May–5 July 2011
Ming Li UNSW Discovery 6 Aug–22 Oct 2010

‘The internship exceeded my expectations … I was given the opportunity to conduct comprehensive legal research for various inquiries, which greatly enhanced my knowledge of a number of discrete areas of law.

Although a law degree gives students an excellent theoretical and academic foundation for their legal career, the lecture theatre can seem divorced from the practical realities of legal practice post graduation. Consequently, the most beneficial aspect of my internship was the opportunity to observe the work of Legal Officers and gain an appreciation of the quality and quantity of work expected in a professional legal organisation.’

Legal Intern, Lucinda O’Dwyer, 2011