Professional Development


Not sure of your next career move? We’ve put together a bunch of useful tips and links for you to consider:

Work, Volunteer or Study Abroad

Australian Volunteers International (AVI) – an independent not-for-profit organisation facilitating long-term, international volunteering projects. AVI manage people-centred development projects and programs in a wide range of countries. Their work focuses on reducing poverty, providing health and education services, promoting human rights and gender equality, and protecting the environment.

Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) – an Australian Government initiative. The program offers a range of opportunities for the Australian community to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries to make a difference as part of Australia’s overseas aid program.

AIESEC – a global youth-run network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. AIESEC facilitate youth leadership activities as well as international internships and volunteer experiences, creating a global learning environment. AIESEC has branches in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth.

Asia Options (AO) – an online platform providing a one-stop-shop directory of educational and professional opportunities in Asia. AO share the stories and inside knowledge of Australians already engaging with Asia, currently featuring China, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea.

Internships in international organisations – interested in doing an internship in the UN? This page provides detailed information on various internships and how to apply.


180 Degrees – provides socially conscious organisations around the world with very high quality, extremely affordable consulting services. 180 Degrees connects the untapped capabilities of university students with the unmet needs of socially conscious organisations. This process is mutually beneficial. Non-profits, social enterprises, and socially minded businesses get custom solutions to problems they’re facing and university students get work experience, professional training, and the opportunity to make a difference.

Get Published

New Matilda – seek submissions on political and social issues in Australia and the world — writing that is witty not whingeing, independent not ideological, brave not bland. NM publish breaking news and stories which provide background and context to current affairs. Stories which feature original research, fresh thinking, new ideas and sharp arguments are most likely to catch our attention and that of our readers.

Quarterly Access (QA) – is the national publication of the youth networks of the Australian Institute of international Affairs. It is an entirely volunteer based publication providing opportunity for students and young professionals to publish in-depth high-quality articles on global issues of importance. QA aim to help inform and foster debate amongst a new generation of leaders.

AM-UNITY Magazine – a new online magazine that highlights current issues through the activism of the Amnesty youth across Australia. AM- UNITY provides a special insight into the inspiring work being performed by local youth activists. Seen a good film or read a good book about human rights lately? Why not let everyone know about it by writing a review.

E-International Relations (E-IR) – a registered non-profit organisation and run by an all-volunteer editorial team. Volunteer editors work on the website and give up some of their spare time simply because they want to have a hand in maintaining the best online resource for students and scholars of international politics.

Peril Magazine – an Asian-Australian online magazine for arts and culture. Peril are looking for emerging journalists/writers who would be interested in contributing up to (4) four pieces a year to Peril Magazine for publication on its Politics and Arts blog. Your work will be shared with a national and international readership via publication on the Peril website and promoted via Peril magazine’s social media networks.

The Verb – provides in depth analysis of issues overlooked, misunderstood or overly simplified and underrepresented in traditional media. Issues that matter, and issues that demand a better debate. Our team are active participants in society, industry, academia, government and non-government organisations; and reflect this experience in their articles. Our writers aren’t often journalists by training. We thrive on a culture of growth and challenge. You can join us.


Personal Development

The School of Life – devoted to developing emotional intelligence through the help of culture. The School of Life address such issues as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one’s past, how to achieve calm and how better to understand, and where necessary change, the world.

The Wheeler Centre – responsible for programming a range of events across the year: the annual Premier’s Literary Awards, the prestigious annual Deakin Lectures, keynote public events including international speakers, as well as book and magazine launches, speeches, debates, seminars, poetry recitals, book readings, symposia, awards and performances.

Free Online Learning

EdX – offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, UTx and many other universities. Topics include biology, business, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, electronics, engineering, food and nutrition, history, humanities, law, literature, math, medicine, music, philosophy, physics, science, statistics and more. EdX is a non-profit online initiative created by founding partners Harvard and MIT.

Coursera – an education platform that partners with top universities and organisations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. They envision a future where everyone has access to a world-class education and aim to empower people with education that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

Australian Fairwork Online Learning Centre – Learn new skills and strategies to help you at work with these free and interactive online learning courses.

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