As a law student from Macquarie University with a love for the practical elements of the law, I have sincerely enjoyed my internship with the Australian Disputes Centre. Since my very first day, I witnessed first-hand the prominence and importance of alternative dispute resolution in the modern legal industry. As an intern I was involved in facilitating mediation training in both Sydney and Melbourne, and also attained an ‘ADR and Dispute Settlement’ from ADC. This experience not only prompted me to write a university paper on the nexus between ADR and Legal Ethics, but has also inspired me to research the area further, potentially as an honours thesis next year.

[Aidan O’CallaghanLaw Student at Macquarie University]


The Internship Program initiated by ACICA/ADC happened to be a great experience, which helped me to enhance my professional as well as intercultural skills. The environment of ADC was very supportive and I enjoyed being given the responsibility to independently write for research articles for ADC and doing cases studies on ADR Rules. I got an opportunity to attend a board meeting, henceforth got a chance to exchange views with Mr. Malcolm Holmes QC. The one of the highlights of the internship was, AMTAC Annual Address conducted at the Federal Court of Australia, in which I got an opportunity to meet Honourable Justice Steven Rares, and Mr. Andrea Martignoni, Vice president ACICA. [Alisha Sharma, Law Student at the Panjab University Chandigarh]


After undertaking a dispute resolution subject at university, I was heavily drawn to its practical nature and its ability to help people resolve conflict in a flexible manner. Undertaking an internship at ADC/ACICA allowed me to gain a real-world perspective into ADR and how it operates, and gave me the opportunity to interact with great people. During my time at ADC, I particularly enjoyed helping to organise ADC’s Schools Debating Competition for high school students. [Annie He, Intern and Law Student at University of Technology, Sydney]



ADR has always been of interest to me, be it for its flexibility or the importance it attaches to each individual involved. After taking part in the Vienna Arbitration Moot, experiencing ADR in real life seemed like the logical next step. The ADC/ACICA internship allowed me to do just that, all the while working with like-minded people and meeting professionals from the field. One of the many highlights of my time at ADC/ACICA was an intensive mediation training I was able to attend, as well as participating in the launch of the First Nations’ Panel in Sydney. [Elisabeth Zoe Everson, Law Student at The University of Geneva]


After studying International Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration in Graz, Austria I was excited to further understand the practicalities of alternate dispute resolution. Whilst undertaking my internship at the Australian Disputes Centre I also interned at Waverley Local Court and was able to compare the two experiences. My time at the centre highlighted the positive effects ADR can have on parties. As an intern I was involved in day to day tasks of running a business as well as assisting events in Melbourne and Adelaide. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the centre and am thankful for the experiences gained. [Jacqueline Starr, Law Student at The University of Western Sydney]


I loved interning at the ADC, most importantly because it provided an amazing first experience of the legal profession. During the first few years of studying my degree, I decided that I was intrigued by the concept of ADR and feel extremely fortunate to have found a workplace that provides such a broad understanding of its implementation in the real world. I’m very lucky to have had the opportunity to work in such a welcoming, professional and informative environment, and look forward to utilising the wealth of experience I gained during my time at the ADC in the future. [Jake Widjaya, Law Student at The University of New South Wales]


I am a penultimate year Arts/Law student at UNSW. I really enjoyed getting to know the tight-knit organisation at the ADC and was amazed at the variety, and volume of work that they do. A highlight was being able to work closely with Deborah on a paper that she was presenting at the South Australian Law Society Forum on styles of advocacy in mediation. Interning at the ADC revealed to me the growing presence of ADR in Australia and beyond, and has encouraged me, during my career, to get to know the world of not-for-profit organisations doing important work. [Michelle Wang, Law Student at The University of New South Wales]


Nicole rounded out her legal education with a full-time internship at ACICA/ADC. This being her third work/study abroad experience, she engaged in program building, education, and case management. Nicole graduated from Washington University School of Law with Honors in May, and is now using the skills she refined at ACICA/ADC in a fellowship position building ADR programs, teaching, and representing clients. [Nicole Gougeon, Graduate from Washington University School of Law]



My time at ADC/ACICA provided me with invaluable skills, knowledge and experiences to use in my future career as a lawyer. As a young lawyer, I believe ADR is a vital area to have knowledge and skills in as it continues to grow in the legal profession. I enjoyed observing the mediation process and working alongside like-minded people who similarly have a passion for the ADR side of the legal profession. I have now gone on to work in a criminal law firm and continue to use the skills and knowledge I have gained from my time at ADC. [Rebecca Cooper, Law Student at Macquarie University]


Interning at ADC/ACICA has been an unforgettable experience. I loved both working and getting to know the team, and found solace in knowing each new day at work was the opportunity to work with bright, driven, like-minded people who are really trying to advocate for better outcomes for both the legal profession and for everyday citizens. Working so closely with alternative dispute resolution mechanisms was also a welcome change to my time working in the NSW Courts system, where adversarial litigation reigns supreme. From my experience at ADC/ACICA, dare I say, the grass truly is greener on the other side. [Tony Song, Law Student at The University of new South Wales]