The University of Adelaide and Flinders University support the Don Dunstan Foundation to inspire action for a fairer world.

We provide students from these universities with opportunities to turn learning into practice.

Placements are open to a variety of disciplines across all faculties/colleges at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University or by special agreement for students at other education institutions.

Students have the opportunity to be in involved with a variety of aspects of the Don Dunstan Foundation’s social justice work. Previous intern projects have included:

  • Research projects
  • Event Planning/Marketing
  • Annual Report content writer
  • We are always on the look out for graphic design students with InDesign and Photoshop skills.

Internships are undertaken for course credit, though in some cases we consider voluntary placements. Commencement and duration of internships can be discussed upon contact.

If you are interested in becoming an intern or would like to learn more, email or call us on (08) 8313 3364.

We look forward to hearing from you!


‘The internship at DDF has been an incredibly rewarding experience that has helped me develop communication skills and adapt to the business environment. I gained valuable knowledge and practical skills, thanks to the guidance and support provided by the professionals at DDF. This experience has solidified my passions and equipped me with the necessary tools to navigate my future endeavors. What truly stood out during my internship was the welcoming and collaborative environment at DDF, where I felt a sense of belonging. The staff were not only friendly but also incredibly supportive. I am genuinely excited about the future and deeply grateful for the experiences and connections I made at DDF.’

Gilson Bomfin, 2023, Business Analytics, Kaplan Business School

‘My time at the Don Dunstan Foundation was invaluable for my professional development, coming from a hospitality and construction background working in an office was unfamiliar territory for me. Kate (Executive Director) and the whole team were very welcoming and supportive. Being able to work independently on a report about the skills shortage in hospitality and then discuss my ideas with Kate eventuated in a product in which I take great pride. Having the chance to deliver my executive summary to the Committee of Management was daunting but ultimately very rewarding.

I would highly recommend interning with the DDF, you will be supported and no doubt learn new skills. I would strongly advise all interns to read Don Dunstan’s political memoirs Felicia before commencing their internship so as to understand his political legacy and mammoth contributions to this state.’

Rohan Gaskin Charles, 2022, International Relations and Political Science, Flinders University       

‘My time at the DDF was a great opportunity to better understand the professional environment and get a variety of practical experiences. The staff are all lovely people who will greatly support your learning and endeavours whatever they may be.’

Thomas O’Donnell, 2020, Communications and Writing, Flinders University

‘The whole DDF team provides such a supportive, caring and and collaborative working environment for interns and the sense of belongingness you’ll feel is just incredible. The communication and cooperation between team members is what I have learned and appreciated the most. I highly recommend DDF internship because you get to observe, experience and learn how an efficient business operates and also, how to build rapport and connections with people to establish loyalty and friendship.’

Jennifer Liu, 2019, Data and Thinkers in Residence Program, University of Adelaide

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my internship at the Don Dunstan Foundation. My communication and problem solving skills have significantly increased and I have been exposed to so many new social enterprise concepts. DDF has a great workplace culture and all of the staff and volunteers have been so welcoming and helpful. I would encourage everyone with a passion for social justice to volunteer.’

Ashleigh Jones, 2018 Marketing and Events Intern, University of Adelaide

‘This internship has been very valuable for me as it has drawn on the existing skills and knowledge I already had, but also taught me many other things. I now feel even more prepared to join the workforce once I graduate and look forward to future opportunities.’

Mai Nguyen, 2018 Research and Events Intern, University of Adelaide

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