Job & Internship Opportunities

Executive Assistant to the CEO

The Australian Disputes Centre (ADC) is a respected not-for-profit company dedicated to helping people thrive. ADC works across Australia and internationally.

The Executive Assistant to the CEO is an exciting new role in this dynamic company. You will be someone who thrives as part of a small, vibrant team that makes a real difference in people’s lives. The ADC team is agile and passionate about the contributions that world-class conflict resolution skills and processes can make. The corporate culture is one of inclusivity, collaboration, flexibility and fun.

You will be an experienced EA who is comfortable engaging with a wide range of stakeholders, including judicial and barristers’ chambers, law firms, ADR professionals, government agencies, universities, large corporates, SME’s and community organisations and individuals. With many and varied clients, you will be a clear communicator with an engaging, warm and professional manner. You will be highly-organised, independent and have exceptional time-management skills.

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to have a social impact through our pioneering work.


  • Manage information flow in a timely and accurate manner
  • Manage the CEO’s calendar and set up meetings
  • Make travel and accommodation arrangements
  • Act as an office manager by keeping up with office supply inventory
  • Format information for internal and external communication – memos, emails, presentations and reports
  • Take minutes during meetings
  • Screen and direct phone calls and distribute correspondence
  • Organise and maintain the office filing system
  • Assist with events management


  • Significant work experience as an Executive Assistant, Personal Assistant or similar role
  • Excellent MS Office skills and experience
  • Outstanding organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills

The Australian Disputes Centre is an independent, not-for-profit company, celebrating its 35th Anniversary in 2021. The following competencies are what we do really well, and what our clients can expect of us:

  • Communication – specialists in the art of communicating
  • Dynamic – always adaptive, refining and improving
  • Effective – delivering great value
  • Engaged – respectful and committed to quality customer service
  • Gravitas – established, credible and serious, but always accessible
  • Leaders – in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Thoughtful – Professional, careful thinkers, we care about our clients’ success
  • Progressive – highly responsive, agile and energetic
  • Reliable – respected, trustworthy and responsible

If you are interested in contributing to the growth and success of this not-for-profit company in an exciting time of its development we want to hear from you.

Send your application with a covering letter and CV to  by 5.00pm on 10 December 2021.

Sydney-based, International-focus Internship Opportunity

The Australian Disputes Centre and the International Chamber of Commerce (ADC-ICC) have an exciting opportunity for two law and/or business students with an interest in alternative dispute resolution. This is a pro-bono opportunity to help bring an international project to fruition in September 2022.

The students will be working in collaboration to prepare for the ADC-ICC Asia-Pacific Commercial Mediation Competition 2022. This is a four-day event that attracts student teams from leading Universities across Australia, Asia, the South Pacific, India, the Americas and Africa. See the details of the 2021 competition here.

Students will be engaged in event planning and coordination, drafting communications, liaising with stakeholders and organising volunteers. This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn about mediation by supervising rounds of mediations and listening to the feedback from judges.

This is an unpaid internship. ADC -ICC are looking to fill these positions immediately. Students will be working one day a week with time off during the summer holidays and flexibility around your Uni timetable. The internship will end on 30 September 2022.  The organisations are looking for outgoing students with initiative, great communication skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to work well in a small, dynamic team. To be available for the full project you are likely to be a student in your penultimate year in 2022.

If you’re interested in alternative dispute resolution, meeting senior members of the legal profession across 15+ countries and creating an opportunity for 100+ international students while you are learning from the driver’s seat, we want to hear from you!

Send your application with a covering letter and CV to  by 5.00pm 10 December 2021

Remote & In-person Internship Programme

ADC runs a voluntary internship programme in-person in Sydney or remote. ADC accepts both Australian and international applicants who are currently studying law or are recent law graduates and have an active interest in mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Successful applicants are provided the opportunity to assist with tasks and work on projects across the organisation.  Interns may be involved with tasks such as:

  • Researching and drafting communications, articles and other materials
  • Planning of events and seminars
  • Assistance with ADR training initiatives
  • Individual projects in alignment with the organisation’s objectives

Current Program Dates & Application Deadlines

Internship applications up to December 2022 are now being accepted.

SchemeDurationApplication Deadline
Scheme 110 January 2022 – 31 May 202213 December 2021
Winter Scheme3 June 2022 – 1 July 202220 May 2022
Scheme 25 July 2022 – 27 October 202221 July 2022
Scheme 31 November – 23 December 202218 October 2022


 All internship candidates should be able to demonstrate the following in their application:

  • Ability to work both in a collaborative team environment and independently
  • Strong academic qualifications
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strength in drafting
  • Initiative
  • High standard of computer literacy


Applications meeting the Criteria outlined above should complete the Internship Application Form and send this by email to along with copies of the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the Criteria and outlining your interest in alternative dispute resolution and reasons for seeking an internship with ADC.
  • A short CV and university transcript.
  • Indication of your availability to undertake the internship, including the proposed duration and available days.
  • For international participants, please attach two recent written academic or professional references.


The internship programme is run on a voluntary basis; as not for profit organisations ADC is not in a position to remunerate interns. Interns will need to cover their own costs associated with any required travel or accommodation during the internship.

Please also note that ADC cannot offer visa sponsorship; applicants will need to make their own arrangements in this regard.