First Nations

Internship Program

Are you a First Nations law student or recent graduate – or keen to hone your skills in campaigning or communications?

Interested in nature and environmental justice and the power of public interest litigation and legal advocacy campaigns?

We'd love you to join us for a paid internship at EJA.

What you'll learn

How to use the law

To empower communities, safeguard our climate, protect nature and support First Nations people fighting for Country and Culture.

Tell compelling stories

Develop messaging and communications skills to tell stories that motivate people to take campaign action and engage with the issues we face.

Strategic campaigning

Learn how integrated legal campaigns are developed to advocate for good laws and forward-thinking policies

What you'll do

You will work with environmental lawyers and campaigners across two of the following areas of EJA’s work:

  • Using the law to protect and regenerate ecosystems on the brink of collapse
  • Empowering communities experiencing harm from coal pollution to seek justice
  • Public interest litigation and legal interventions to put justice at the heart of climate action
  • Working with our First Nations justice team to return rights to Traditional Owners and support communities who are Caring for Country
  • Helping community groups make sure the Environmental Protection Act is fully implemented in Victoria

Key details

We are initially offering two internships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students and recent graduates, or for First Nations people looking to gain experience in advocacy communications and campaigning.

You can express a preference for the two areas of work you want to be involved in, and will be assigned your own project to complete in each area that is suitable to your preferences and skills.


We offer internships of 10-15 days.

We can be flexible to suit your needs. You might prefer to have a calendar of non-regular days to make up the 10-15 day internship to fit around your other commitments (though weekdays only – we don't work on weekends!). We can also vary the duration of internships, and try to start whenever it suits you.

Talk to us about what you need and how we can best support you.

Ideally, we start two interns at the same time, at least for the training and while you get to know us.


Interns will be paid a stipend of $200 per day, and additional accommodation funding may be available for applicants who need to travel a long distance to take up the position.

Applicant requirements

Applicants usually have an interest in the environment, are studying or have recently completed a law degree, and completion of administrative law is an advantage (but not essential). Campaign-focused applicants might also be interested in environmental justice communications and advocacy (you don’t need to be a student!).

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please get in touch with us – see details below.

How to apply

There is no deadline for applications, we will consider them as they come in, so please lodge an expression of interest as soon as you can.

Register your interest

If you're interested in EJA's First Nations internship program, please fill out this form and we'll be in touch.

Call Mandy and Hong on 03 8341 3100 (option 4).

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