Asia-Pacific Australia

Internships & Service Learning 

During each fall and spring semester in the Asia-Pacific Australia program students may have the opportunity to participate in short-term voluntary internship and service learning projects. During their senior-year IRIS Program, students may also select to return to Byron Bay and undertake a semester-long internship. The following list provides a sample of potential opportunities and is subject to change: 

  • Learn Aboriginal techniques for conserving coastal and marine ecosystems while volunteering at the Arakwal National Park in Australia. 
  • Try out your journalism skills reporting on-air radio stories on local issues and events for Bay FM, Byron Bay’s local community radio station, or writing for the Byron Shire Echo, a weekly community-owned newspaper.
  • Be part of the renewable energy revolution with Enova Energy, an innovative social enterprise energy retailer that provides 100% renewable energy to its business and household customers.
  • Care for injured turtles and birds, and help educate the public about the dangers of plastic pollution by working with Australian Seabird Rescue.
  • Volunteer your time for a number of important local grassroots initiatives around homelessness, gender inequality and more with the Byron Community Centre.
  • Learn about all aspects of sustainable development while interning with long-established local consultancy firm Sustainable Futures.
  • Hone your social media, direct action and campaigning skills by volunteering with local NGO Positive Change for Marine Life.