By December 13, 2016MEDIA, VOLUNTEERING
CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program

The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, along with our Inclusion & Diversity Leadership Group, is delighted to announce a new partnership with CareerTrackers.

CareerTrackers is a national non-profit organisation supporting the long-term career aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students. They provide a unique avenue to match the need for corporate diversity by creating internship opportunities for Indigenous university students. CareerTrackers engages students during their study and links them with employers who offer a multi-year internship. The aim is to prepare students for success at university, their chosen profession and in their respective communities.

This partnership is a reflection of our inclusive culture based on respect for all people, celebrating diversity, and creating opportunities for people to achieve their potential, regardless of their background

Our Brisbane office has employed Sarah Black, an Indigenous law student, for a nine-week internship over the summer holidays. Sarah has just completed her first year studying a Bachelor of Justice/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at the Queensland University of Technology. Sarah will be working in the commercial dispute resolution team with Mathew Deighton, a Partner in our CDR Group.

Our Sydney office has employed Eamon Ritchie, an Indigenous law student, for a nine-week internship over the summer holidays. Eamon has just completed his third year studying a Bachelor of Sports Media/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Canberra. Eamon commenced his internship in the construction and engineering team supervised by Stephen Carcano and Andrew Murray, Partners in our Construction Group.

Meet Sarah

“My Aboriginal tribe is from the Cairns region and two years ago I moved to Brisbane from Bundaberg. I’m the oldest of seven children and the first in my family to graduate high school and attend university. 

I chose to study law because I wanted the opportunity to represent marginalised members of our society. 

I joined the CareerTrackers program so that I could create meaningful connections within the Indigenous CareerTrackers community and I also thought it would create opportunities to network with legal professionals. From the internship itself, I’d like to be exposed to the environment of a national law firm and I’d also like to make connections within Colin Biggers & Paisley.”

Meet Eamon

I’m a Dunghutti man currently studying a combined degree in sports media and law at the University of Canberra. I originally entered university with the goal of getting into sports journalism. However, after one semester I realised that I actually much prefer the law and since then have been working towards a career in the legal profession.

I have been with the CareerTrackers program for just over a year now. I joined the program because I am looking to gain some valuable work experience to help kick start a career in commercial law. I’m really excited to spend the summer at Colin Biggers & Paisley.”