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Volunteer intern imageOur office is deeply indebted to the fantastic work done by our volunteers and interns who provide invaluable help with various administrative tasks and research projects in the Sydney office.

We're always on the lookout for more helping hands who want to make a difference, so if you feel confident performing some of the tasks detailed below and are able to dedicate a minimum of three hours a week for two months or more, please e-mail us your CV and availability. Please include previous volunteer experience, if any, and why you have chosen Australia for UNHCR to dedicate your time to.

Key volunteer tasks:

  • Preparing welcome packs for new donors
  • Scanning return to sender envelopes
  • Phoning donors to update details
  • Basic word processing and computer tasks

Skills required:

  • Previous experience in customer service
  • Previous experience of working in an administrative or office environment would be an advantage
  • Effective communication and listening skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Maturity, reliability and an ability to seek advice/assistance


  • Volunteers will be given a relevant induction to the organisation
  • Training will be provided on an ongoing basis


We don't currently have any internships available in our office.

The UNHCR regional office in Canberra accepts interns in the Legal Protection Unit and the Public Information Unit on a competitive basis. For further information, visit their website or call 02 6260 3411.

UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva also accept interns in all units on a competitive basis. Read more information.

The United Nations has a volunteer arm known as UNV that mobilises qualified UN volunteers and interns, and encourages people to become active in volunteering in their countries. UNV is active in 140 countries, where it works with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. To find out more about UNV please visit