Frequently asked questions ​​​

This page answers some commonly-asked questions regarding the Internship Program and the recruitment process.​

​Eligibility

I am not in my final year of study, can I still apply?​

Yes. We accept applications from students in all years of their degree. However, we generally give preference to students who have recently graduated or who are in their final year of study.  

Are international students eligible to apply?​

Yes. International students who can procure the requisite student or working visas are encouraged to apply. ​

Applying for an internship

I am having technical difficulty sending my application to lrc_intern@justice.nsw.gov.au inbox

We are aware that a very small portion of applicants cannot send emails to the above address. If your email bounces back, you can email james.hume@justice.nsw.gov.au

Is there a word limit for the statement addressing the selection criteria?​

Your statement addressing the selection criteria should be a maximum of two pages.

Do I need to include certified transcripts with my application?

No. We are happy to accept unofficial transcripts.

Should I include letters of recommendation with my application?

No. We will not look at or follow up references.

Are you able to provide me with feedback on my application?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with feedback on your application. The volume of applications is such that we would require a dedicated feedback team to provide comments on everybody's application.  

The program

How many interns will you be engaging?

The number of interns we take for each program will vary. Generally, we accept anywhere between 1-4 interns per program.

Is this a paid internship?

No. All of our interns work as volunteers. 

How long does the Internship Program run for?

The Winter Internship Program runs for three months during the months of June, July, and August. Within this period we generally expect each intern to be available full-time for four weeks​ or for an equivalent amount of time if undertaking the internship part-time.

Will the Internship Program also be held over the summer?

No. At this stage the Internship Program is not scheduled for the summer; but, this is subject to change. Follow us on Twitter @NSWLawReform for the latest updates and any changes to the Internship Program schedule.​

Where are the internships located?

Interns will work at our office, which is situated at Level 3, Henry Deane Building, 20 Lee St, Sydney, just next to Central Station.​

Does the Commission provide a stipend to help cover housing and transport costs?

No. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any financial assistance to cover costs associated with the internship.​

I am really interested in the Internship Program, but I also have other commitments throughout the course of the program, is there some flexibility with working arrangements?

Absolutely. Although our preference is for you to maximise your internship experience and work full-time, we understand that you may have exams, intensive courses, part-time jobs, or clerkships. We are happy to discuss and accommodate your commitments.​ 

Could an internship turn into an actual job?

No. An internship does not guarantee future employment with the Commission or with the Department of Justice. However, the internship does allow you to engage with the organisational culture, establish networks, and build industry specific skills. These benefits will assist you if you decide to apply for any jobs with the NSW Department of Justice in future.  ​

What will I be working on?​

Interns will perform legal research and writing tasks related to the Commission's projects. To find out what projects we are currently working, head over to our Current Projects page. ​

The recruitment process

I just submitted my application, what happens next?

Applications for the Winter Internship Program close in mid-April. After the closing date, all applications will be reviewed and applicants selected for interview. We will be in touch with you, via email, in early May to let you know the outcome of your application. 

How many interviews will I have to attend?

If you are selected for interview, there is just the one interview that will go for about 15-20 minutes.

How are the interviews conducted for interstate and international applicants?

For international and interstate applications we will make arrangements for a telephone or Skype interview.

Do you have any more information about the interview?

Two Commission staff members will conduct the interview. 15 minutes before the interview, we will provide you with the questions that the panel will ask you. You can use the 15 minutes to review the questions and make notes, which you can bring with you into the interview. If you have a phone interview, we will email the questions to you 15 minutes before the interview.

I still have some questions I would like answered?

No problem, send us an email to  lrc_intern@justice.nsw.gov.au and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.​