DOOLEYS Community Engagement Internship Scholarship

About this scholarship

The Community Engagement Internship is a two-year program that recognises and rewards ACU students who demonstrate a commitment to ongoing development of their knowledge and skills in community engagement. Community engagement interns take on a substantial commitment to serving the community and working in community engagement programs. The student intern will be based at the Strathfield campus and serve community imperatives in Western Sydney.

Application dates

Open Date: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Close Date: Sunday 30 June 2019


  • The scholarship is valued at up to $10,000. It will be paid in instalments of $2,500 per semester for the remainder of your course (up to a maximum of two years).
  • There are two scholarships available.

Successful applicants will also be provided with:

  • a work space and access to a computer in the ACU Engagement office
  • an ACU Engagement mentor throughout their participation in the program
  • access to all ACU Engagement seminars, workshops and other community engagement learning opportunities
  • the opportunity to give a presentation on their learnings to our community partners and senior ACU Staff at the end-of-year seminar.

Student type

Current Students


  • Citizenship: domestic and international students
  • Faculty: any
  • Course: any ACU undergraduate degree
  • Campus: Strathfield
  • Year level: second year or above, with a minimum of two years left to complete (at the time of scholarship commencement)
  • Contributions made to community service and ACU’s Mission.

Application process

Apply online by clicking the button below and completing the application form. You must attach the following documentation with your application:

  • Written statement of approximately 300 words outlining your commitment to community service and how this relates to ACU’s Mission.
  • Written reference from an academic in support of your statement
  • Written reference from a community leader in support of your statement

Selection criteria

Selection criteria

Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Written statement
  • Evidence of commitment to community engagement and the ACU Mission

Selection process

Applicants will be shortlisted by the Scholarships Office, and the recipient will be determined by a selection committee. The committee will be comprised of: Father Anthony Casamento (Vice President), Professor Sandra Jones (PVC Engagement), Community partner representative (TBA)

Ongoing requirements

Successful applications will be required to:

  • remain enrolled in the course identified at the time of application.
  • maintain a minimum grade point average of at least 5.0 (credit) in each semester
  • participate in a minimum of 100 hours of community engagement practicum per year with ACU Engagement (may include internally-focused engagement activities)
  • participate in a minimum of 100 hours of approved community engagement activity per year with community partners of ACU Engagement
  • attend quarterly workshops focused on topics related to community engagement
  • maintain an electronic portfolio that displays their progress and achievements throughout their time in the CES Program
  • maintain regular contact with their ACU Engagement mentor

You are also requested to submit a scholarship impact statement for the donor explaining how the scholarship has assisted you. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarships Office no later than 1 October each year.

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