Internships With The AKF

Have you ever wanted to gain real work-experience with a reputable non-profit organisation? Now's your chance!

The AKF is always on the look out for enthusiastic, bright students or graduates to undertake internships. Whatever your nationality or area of study/expertise, there will likely be a way you can help us; but a passion for wanting to help save the Koala is a must! 

In the past year alone we have had interns visit us from the USA, France, the UK, Japan and the Netherlands and (of course) Australia, working on projects in ecology, GIS, historical research, communications, economics, translation and law.

  • It is very important that you have a fantastic command of english, and that you will be competent in answering phones. You MUST show initiative, and not wait around for us to tell you what to do.
  • The AKF office is located in the heart of Brisbane's CBD, in Queensland. We are an organisation based on science and research. We do not deal hands on with sick and injured Koalas. 
  • Please note: our interns are unpaid, and are required to organise their own accommodation and visas. 

If you are interested, please email a copy of your CV to

In your initial enquiry we need to know:

  • Your age
  • How your skills could specifically help the AKF and Koalas (we particuarly love interns who have a project in mind before they come)
  • What is required of you by your university
  • How long do you plan to stay?
  • Your start and finish date

Applications without this information will not be considered.

Please give us 3 months notice before your requested start date.


"I had the opportunity to work with the AKF for 6 months under the supervision of Dr Kerlin.

It was a chance to discover the workof a NGO from the inside, and to participate in the conservation of this cuddly animal. I learnt a lot, in a friendly environment, and even saw some koalas when in the field. From my work with the Dr Kerlin, we will shortly be publishing a paper in a scientific journal.

Thanks to everybody of the AKF team for this great experience."

- Mélodie Kreyer, Master Science du Vivant (Specialite Biodiversite et Ecosystems Tropicaux) student, Université de la Réunion.


"Through my university program, I had the opportunity to do an internship at the Australian Koala Foundation for 3 months under the supervision of CEO Deborah Tabart and Dr. Douglas Kerlin.

The internship enabled me to challenge myself in different ways and broaden my own perspective. I learned several things which I will most likely carry with me into the future. I also got to hold a koala, which was a wonderful experience.

Thanks to all the people at AKF for this great learning experience.

- Bernard van Welij, International Business Administration student, University of Twente, The Netherlands.


Current/Future Interns

Name From Internship Start Date End Date
Thom Netherlands Marketing November 2016 January 2017
Dan Australia Spatial ecology February 2016 Current
Arjun Nepal IT November 2015 December 2015
Alvin China IT November 2015 December 2015
Niki Netherlands Animal Husbandry September 2015 March 2016
Bernard Netherlands Business October 2015 December 2015






Seiya-san (right), a former economics intern from Japan, with his Professor, Tekumi-san
from Meiji University (centre) and AKF CEO Deborah Tabart OAM (left)

Legal Intern Michelle, from the Netherlands (middle), Ruth, Volunteer from the US (back) and
Rebecca, AKF staff (front) on a field trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary