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All vacancies at Foundation House are listed on our websiteand regularly advertised on EthicalJobs.com.au and Seek.


Student placements at Foundation House

With more than 100 million people forcibly displaced across the world, specialist trauma-informed and trauma-focused services that empower refugees to thrive have never been more important.

At Foundation House we provide unique learning opportunities for students currently engaged in undergraduate and post- graduate programs in Psychology, Social Work and Counselling who are interested in trauma-informed practice.

A field education placement at Foundation House offers:

Diversity – students are exposed to roles that offer insight into service provision and support to diverse cultures. In 2022-23 our clients came from over 70 countries with over half (58%) women, and one third of clients aged under 25 years.

Breadth – Clients have experienced many traumatic events prior to arriving in Australia that affect their health, mental health and capacity to meet settlement challenges. Typically, refugee survivors have multiple needs and are seeking assistance across a broad range of issues, including child and family health, mental health, social support and community connection.

Purposeful Impact – Our purpose is to be a leader in delivering specialist trauma focused services that work with the strengths and resilience of refugees, their families, and communities. Each year we assist around 5,000 refugees to rebuild lives shattered by torture and other traumatic events.

Supportive work environment – Students undertaking placements at Foundation House experience a welcoming and inclusive environment. All placements provide opportunities for feedback and reflection, supervision and a structured on-boarding program that includes access to in-house training and development resources.

What practice areas are students exposed to while on placement at Foundation House?

  • Tasks will vary according to the location or service priorities, and the placement requirements. The typical areas of work students will be involved in are:
  • Observing direct client work including assessment and counselling.
  • Undertaking client work as appropriate, providing advocacy for clients, and undertaking assessment and counselling under supervision.
  • Assisting with intake and wait-list management.
  • Internal and external stakeholder liaison.
  • Assisting with identifying needs of communities and individual clients, and referral pathways.
  • Assisting with the coordination of group-based services, including opportunities to contribute to, and assist with, delivery.
  • Research and information collection that supports policy and advocacy on refugee issues.
  • Opportunities to attend in house training.

Criteria – What makes me a good fit for this placement?

  • Degree (in progress or completed) in psychology, social work, mental health or community development at their final year of study and placement.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Skills and/or experience in working with clients from diverse cultures
  • Research or prior study in areas such as counselling, mental health, advocacy, community capacity building or health promotion.
  • Passionate about evidence informed practice.
  • Life experience. We welcome students who have lived experience, prior work, volunteering or study in areas relevant to refugee or migrant communities.

How to Apply

If you are interested in doing a student placement at a strong values-driven organisation that seeks to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our global community, please submit the online application below and upload:

  • Your CV.
  • A letter of introduction from your education provider. If you are completing a Psychology Registration Program, a letter of introduction from your employer.

Closing dates for Applications:

  • Applications for placements in second semester 2024 have closed.
  • 23 October 2024 for placements commencing first semeseter 2025.


Our valued members play an important role in supporting Foundation House to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people from refugee backgrounds who have experienced torture or other traumatic events.


Donations to Foundation House,of any size, assist to strengthen and advance our work. All donations over $2 are fully tax-deductible.


A bequest to Foundation House is a meaningful way to make a lasting contribution to the work we do with people from refugee backgrounds.
If you wish to make a bequest to Foundation House, or to honour or commemorate a named individual, we are available for a confidential discussion and to provide assistance. Please email Finance or phone (03) 9389 8900.


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