Internships at Documentary Australia

Documentary Australia proudly hosts passionate students and emerging professionals through two internship pathways including  

1. A short-term unpaid volunteer, or 

2. A student completing a work-integrated-learning course for a degree 

 We have existing partnerships with University of New South Wales (Media, Arts, Social Research and Policy, and International Relations students) and University of Sydney (Arts and Social Sciences students) with regular intake opportunities.  

Our internships focus on providing mutually beneficial work experience through a supportive learning environment across a number of organisational streams:  


Example tasks  

& Social Media 
  • Develop and produce content across a range of media formats to effectively communicate the impact of documentary and Documentary Australia. 
  • Contribute to the development and execution of Documentary Australia’s social media strategy & resources
Partnerships &
  • Identifying potential impact partners, building databases and conducting outreach  
  • Contributing to the development of learning resources or impact campaign assets  
  • Working closely with one of our E.P. or sweethearts films to support their impact campaign rollouts.  
Fundraising & Philanthropy 
  • Researching and updating potential donors, philanthropic contacts, and/or grant opportunities 
  • Contributing to the development of fundraising assets, databases and strategies. 
Research & Impact Evaluation 
  • Developing case studies to showcase documentaries and their impacts including interviews with key stakeholders 
  • Researching the industry, documentary film and our organisations social issue areas 
  • Organisational and program evaluations including surveys, interviews and data analysis  
  • Communicating and disseminating results and findings including the creation of infographics and snapshots. 

PLEASE NOTE that while we support over 200 documentary projects, we are not a production house and rarely involved in the development of the films themselves.  


About You


    • Are you currently completing or have just finished a marketing/ communications/ business / arts/ film/ social sciences/ journalism degree or similar?
    • Have you been working in the screen industry or have a particular interest in impact documentaries?
    • Are you interested in stories that inspire us to think, feel and act?
    • Do you care about creating positive social change on the issues that matter?
    • Do you enjoy researching and writing?
    • Can you translate complex information into digestible formats?
    • Are you a budding filmmaker, videographer, social media manager or digital content creator? 

If the answer is yes to one or more of the above, then this might be the internship for you!  

What can I expect as a part of my internship?


    • A full orientation to the organisation and our unique model, including meetings with staff members to learn about our various roles.
    • An opportunity to translate new learning into practice with on-the-job coaching from a supervisor
    • Completion of a discrete activity or task with a clear deliverable for you to include on your resume or portfolio of work
    • An opportunity to attend any Documentary Australia’s events or workshops for free during your placement
    • Industry exposure and networking potential
    • Gaining skills and experience to help you kick start or advance your career, and ;
    • A certificate of acknowledgement from Documentary Australia on completion of your internship.  

Although you will be provided with tools and templates during your placement, alongside regular supervision, you will also need to be proactive and able to work independently at times.  

How much time is required?

Our preference is for interns to join us one day a week for the agreed placement period, however, this is negotiable.   

If you are completing an internship as a part of a degree, the university will specify the minimum number of hours you must complete to meet the requirements of the course (e.g. this might be 80-100 hours).  

If you are joining us as a volunteer intern, your placement can be for up to 3 months as a maximum, and it is preferred that you commit to a minimum of 6 days. 



Please send us an email to [email protected] with your resume, a bit about you and the internship stream/s you would be interested in and we’ll get back to you about potential opportunities soon!


 Acknowledgements of our previous amazing interns and their contributions!


– 2020 –

– Jill Tengco(UNSW student) – researched and developed the Blue case study

– Helen Huang (UNSW student) – researched and developed Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe case study and some of The Opposition case study

– Audley Anderson (UNSW student) – researched The Staging Post case study and provided otherorganisationalinput/support

– Carly Arkinstall (UTS student) – developed two research snapshots outlining Australian official data on two of our issue areas as a resource for DAF and filmmakers: Environment Snapshot, & Health and Wellbeing snapshot

– Rory Coverdale (UNSW student) – currently supporting the development of the website case study copy and an article on how three film projects have managed release during COVID-19 based off interviews conducted with In My Blood It Runs, My Year of Living Mindfully and Youth on Strike

– Sophy Crane (Filmmaker) – Impact Coordinator for Backtrack Boys.