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Volunteer With Us

Each year we have several intakes of volunteers who help with a range of legal and communication work. We prioritise students from UNSW Law who chose a work placement as part of their studies. We are currently accepting applications to fill multiple volunteer positions during Term 3 at UNSW. The internships are one full day a week for the duration of the term. To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and academic transcript to [email protected]

Grata Fund is committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from First Nations people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ+; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Testimonials

Please read the below testimonials from our amazing volunteers!

 

  Eugene Chow, 2020

"Volunteering at Grata was an incredibly rewarding and inspiring experience during my time at university. What I loved most about my time at Grata was being able to leverage my legal skills and make real contributions to public interest cases, and see first-hand how these cases can send ripples through the system and achieve lasting change for the better. 

 No two days are the same at Grata. Throughout my time here I got to work on a variety of public interest cases related to Indigenous rights, discrimination, police powers and climate change - to name a few. I also got to engage in strategic advocacy by contributing to Grata's reports and submissions. Not to mention, the team at Grata is fabulous! They are incredibly supportive and interested in your development, and it's so wonderful to work alongside innovative and like-minded individuals who share a passion for human rights and social justice. 

For those interested in public interest law and seeing strategic litigation in action, volunteering at Grata is a must!"

Anusha Thomas, 2020

"My internship at Grata Fund was one of the best I did during my time at university. It was a lightbulb moment for me of how I could leverage my legal skills to help change the law, and not just work within the broken system. I loved that I was able to be involved in the legal side as well as the community engagement side, something I'd never done before but can really see the value in now!

The team at Grata Fund is so supportive and so interested in your development. I couldn't recommend Grata Fund highly enough. The internship is ideal for any student who is interested in seeing the mechanics of making change."

  Ed Conroy, 2020

"There were many things that I loved about interning at Grata. The team was really welcoming and friendly, and we shared many common interests. It was great to be in an environment with so many vibrant and passionate people who shared my interests. I also loved the work, itself. To be able to engage a broad array of legal skills to benefit those without access to the legal system was a very rewarding experience to have.

I would definitely recommend interning at Grata. The team environment is great, you can learn a lot, and it gives you such a great opportunity to contribute to the advancement of human rights and really make a difference."


Alex Koduah, 2020

“My interest in policy reform is what drew me to Grata. I was keen to be involved with an independent organisation that not only sought to challenge the out-dated status quo but also recognised and drew attention to its more subtle forms. Grata is one of these organisations, and I really enjoyed being able to work with those that recognised these subtleties in various forms. Whether they found them in public reports, media articles, or gaps in the literature, there was always a strong desire to call out these wrongs and undertake projects to search for and proffer a better alternative.

My part in these (often current and contentious) projects involved researching the literature and case law for these or similar wrongs in like circumstances, in order to draw out its implications or potential alternatives. Being involved in the early stages of trying to be the circuit-breaker and advocating for policy reform was what I found to be most fulfilling when interning at Grata.”

 

  Jono Barnett, 2020

“As a law student, there are lots of worthy causes to intern or volunteer for where you can help marginalised people gain access to justice. However, if you want to learn about using the law to achieve systemic change beyond the individual, Grata Fund is a great place to be.

My highlights from interning with Grata included analysing a potential strategic discrimination law case and working on stakeholder communications for a freedom of political communication case. I still use lessons I learned from them in my work today. The team's experience and investment in your development make interning there a fantastic opportunity if you want to go into human rights and social justice work.”

  Sid Dissanayake, 2019

"Volunteering at Grata was an immensely rewarding experience, particularly as you work with people who are passionate about making long-term, structural change in Australian communities.  I had the opportunity to work on relevant and contemporary public interest issues across Australia related to Indigenous housing rights, police powers, climate change, government accountability and democratic rights. 

For me, the best part about volunteering at Grata is that you get to be creative and innovative. Whether it be designing graphics for social media content, writing articles and blog posts or developing your own legal research strategies. You get the freedom to use your own skills and talents to make a tangible impact in the community, all while working in a fun, warm and vibrant environment.

I highly recommend volunteering at Grata for students who have a keen interest in social impact and who want to experience what that looks like in a legal environment, outside of the classroom."

 

 

  Frances Tso, 2019

"The nature of work that I engaged in during my internship was varied and diverse and ranged from legal research to executing the strategy behind their social media content. It was especially exciting to hear about Grata Fund in the news, even after I had concluded my internship. It gave me a sense of fulfillment and made me realise that the work that I did, even as an Intern, can have enduring and wide-reaching impacts on citizens’ access to justice and on the fabric of Australian democracy more generally.

I would highly recommend any interested applicants to apply to Grata! Regardless of whether you are early in your degree and simply looking to gain exposure into the public law industry or a seasoned law student reaching the end of your studies, I am confident that your time at Grata will be an enriching one!"

 

  Perkins Lui, 2019  

"I applied to intern at Grata Fund because I think the organisation plays an important social role by helping communities overcome the often insurmountable financial barrier to public interest litigation. I had a very positive experience during my time interning at Grata Fund. The team was small but tight-knit, with experienced lawyers and campaigners very generous with their time in mentoring and guiding interns. 

The interns were all involved with substantive work, ranging from legal research to advocacy campaigns. This allowed me to maximise and benefit from my time at Grata Fund, developing transferable skills that I can use in future positions. I would definitely recommend Grata Fund as an ideal place to intern, and am sure you will enjoy the internship experience as much as I did."

 

  Matt McLeod, 2019

"I interned at Grata because I was really keen to gain some experience in a legal organisation that places climate justice, democracy, and human rights at its core. During my internship, I conducted lots of research on important, current issues for use in potential litigation. In particular, I created extensive memos on federal FOI and racial vilification legislation – two topics that I found profoundly interesting and confronting.

My advice to anyone thinking about interning at Grata: do it! You’ll learn about new areas of law, collaborate with incredible activists and lawyers, and work in one of the loveliest teams ever (including Alan the dog!)."