The IDC Internship Program 2017

The International Detention Coalition (IDC) is a unique global network, of over 300 civil society organisations and individuals in more than 70 countries, that advocate for, research and provide direct services to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants affected by immigration detention.

The IDC works to ensure that the human rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants impacted by immigration detention are respected, protected and fulfilled. The IDC aims to bring about changes in legislation, policy and practice that prevent, mitigate and respond to the harms associated with immigration detention and that promote alternatives to detention. The IDC does this through network and capacity building, advocacy, awareness raising and campaigns, research and reporting.


The IDC internship program is a six-month commitment, from February 2017 – July 2017, in the Secretariat Office based in Melbourne, Australia.


The IDC internship program aims to develop the skills of those looking for experience in the not-for-profit sector. People with a migrant background and/or people with experience working on migration issues in a human rights context are encouraged to apply. Applicants are expected to commit to a minimum of 10 hours a week. There is no remuneration available for these positions.


Applicants should apply by emailing a statement addressing the selection criteria, along with their CV, to before January 30, 2017.  Please include the relevant position title in the email subject heading.


“I learnt heaps was highly impressed by what members, other organisations and individuals are doing in relation to immigration detention and human rights advocacy more broadly. I also learnt a lot about the work of the IDC and was impressed by the amount of work achieved with such a small number of staff.”

Robin Gregory, IDC Communications Intern – Africa, 2016