Its so exciting when you stop and look at just how many organisations are out there working to connect students with incredible opportunities and experiences!
At Milaana, we want to celebrate EVERYONE who shares our passion for helping students and the community. We’ve brought all the ones we know together on this diagram to both help you out and to celebrate these great orgs! Based on our knowledge of what they do, we’ve placed them according to the factors of how much their focus is on community benefit versus professional development as well as theoretical understanding vs real world experience.
Please get in touch if you think the placement of any of the orgs is wrong and even better, you can help us with who is missing!!! We want this to be as comprehensive and accurate as possible so shout out if it can be improved!
All the above organisations are listed here in alphabetical order
180 Degrees Consulting – the world’s largest university-based consultancy. 180 Degrees provides socially conscious organizations around the world with very high quality, extremely affordable consulting services. We work with organizations to develop innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to whatever challenges they’re facing. 180 Degrees connects the untapped capabilities of university students with the unmet needs of socially conscious organizations.
AIESEC – We are an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. As the world’s largest student-run non-profit organization, we develop students on a global scale into responsible and entrepreneurial leaders. Society needs leaders who are both globally minded and values driven. Through global internships, we advance youth leadership development at for-profit and non-profit organizations.
AIME Mentoring – AIME is a dynamic educational program that is proven to support Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education at the same rate as all Australian students. AIME gives Indigenous students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to grow and succeed. In 2014, AIME is connecting approximately 3,500 mentees with 1,250 mentors across 29 locations and in partnership with 16 Australian universities in all mainland states and the ACT. See if your university is on the list so you can become a mentor!
Amnesty International – From standing in front of tanks in Tiananmen Square to petition governments to abolish the death penalty, youth activists of are often at the forefront of human rights movements. At Amnesty – as one of the world’s biggest and most influential human rights movements – our amazing activists in universities and schools bring enthusiasm, inspiring ideas and creativity to all our campaigns.
Asia Options is a guide for Australians interested in exploring educational, professional and leadership opportunities in the Asian region. We’re an online community of students, professionals and adventure seekers, with the collective goal of empowering more Australians to access and pursue opportunities in the Asian region. We achieve this by providing you with the tools, knowledge and support needed to bridge the divide.
Australian Internships – Engaging International Students in Australian internship opportunities. We offer internships in almost all academic disciplines for candidates from over 80 countries around the world! Warning – You must pay for this service.
Australian Red Cross Youth – Red Cross is the largest humanitarian organisation in the world and works to help improve the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and around the world. Today over half of the world’s population is under the age of 25, which means we have the largest ever generation of young people in human history. Become a Young Humanitarian and contribute to our organisation’s dedication to tackling disadvantage and nurturing a more humanitarian society.
Australian Volunteers for International Development – The Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program is an Australian Government initiative. The program offers a range of opportunities for the Australian community to share skills and foster linkages with people and organisations in developing countries to make a difference as part of Australia’s overseas aid program.
AYCC Australian Youth Climate Coalition – We believe that climate change is the single greatest threat facing humanity, and puts young people and future generations at risk. We also believe that addressing the climate crisis is our biggest opportunity to create a world that is more sustainable, just and fair. We’re building a generation-wide movement to solve the climate crisis. Join a movement of more than 110,000 young people.
Enactus – A community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world. Enactus is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for teams of outstanding university students to create community development projects that put people’s own ingenuity and talents at the center of improving their livelihoods.
Generate Worldwide – At Generate Worldwide we create educational travel opportunities for people who are looking for an inspiring, challenging, and rewarding international experience. Specialising in study tours and philanthropic adventures, we collaborate with high-impact local organisations to offer a unique insight into our destination country. Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, or simply someone who is curious about the world, Generate Worldwide tours are designed for you.
Grad Connection – Australian Graduate Jobs and Internships. Hundreds of Graduate and Vacation Programs available right now. GradConnection connects you with the best employers offering graduate jobs and programs, vacation programs, work experience and internships, across Australia and the Asia-Pacific. We’re partnered with over 200 active employers across 40 industries, from big corporations like Unilever, Commonwealth Bank, Proctor & Gamble and PwC, to the Australian Government and Defence Force.
Impact – We deliver hands-on, world-changing educational experiences that equip young leaders with a socially-entrepreneurial skill set that enables them to create social change. IMPACT Social Enterprise holds a national conference in August each year for young innovators around the country to come together and engage with the idea of social enterprise. We introduce participants to the knowledge and skills required for tackling social problems with business models and innovation, and support these young people as they develop enterprises.We also offer a schools program, fellowship program and much more
Investing for Charity – A social business that uses the business model of a managed fund to invest for charities. Our mission is to develop a cohort of skilled and experienced professionals who are personally committed to making an active and sustained contribution to their organisations and society at large.
Milaana – began life as a platform to connect students with cause-driven projects for internships. Now, Milaana is an open source resource to learn about Impact Placements and to anyone around the world with the tools to start their own Milaana! Our mission is to inspire students to do well AND do good by facilitating the creation of Impact Placement opportunities. Please enjoy exploring our resources and reach out if you have any questions or would like to be part of our open source movement! It could be by writing articles, sharing your success stories or leading the creation of a new Connection community!
Oaktree – Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end poverty. For us, change starts with a simple belief – that extreme poverty is unacceptable. Beliefs turn into action, and enough informed action will build a powerful social movement.
You can get involved right now either through donating, becoming a community leader or joining their bootcamp!
Probonoeconos – ProBonoEconos facilitates the introduction of numbers-based clarity to enhance the community impact of third sector organisations. We are primarily, but not exclusively, economists, driven by a mission to close the gap between the corporate and government worlds of economics and the third sector worlds of charity.
Student Internships – Australia’s only specialist student internship website. 46% of Australian university students are members. A subsidiary of Student VIP – Australia’a largest university student website, providing 764,696 students with access to the biggestsecondhand textbook market, plenty of amazing tutors, heaps of subject ratings and reviews and more.
UN Youth Australia – UN Youth Australia are one of Australia’s largest youth-led organisations, educating and empowering young Australians to build the peoples’ movement for the United Nations. At UN Youth Australia, we educate over 15,000 young Australians each year about international issues and the role of the UN. We equip a generation of young leaders with the skills and inspiration to make change on these issues and more.
V-Gen (World Vision) – VGenners are young people, aged 15–25, who are empowered to take action on issues of global poverty and injustice. We influence our world through grassroots campaigning–one campus, classroom or community at a time. As part of VGen, you can be involved in creative, high-impact campaigning on issues like child protection and trafficking, maternal and child health and overseas aid. As a national movement, we join together for large-scale events, conferences and online campaigning.
Young Opportunities Australia – a social enterprise that provides information, support and advice to students and graduates seeking purposeful career development opportunities.We empower young Australians looking to enhance, build or discover all of the possibilities available to them – with particular focus on those with non-vocational degrees. We also provide space both online and offline for young people to connect with their communities, leaders and peers.
Youth Without Borders – empowers youth to work together for positive change within their communities. Youth Without Borders is a youth-run community project coordination organisation that facilitates development, links, networking and support for youth and their wider communities internationally. Youth Without Borders focuses on empowering young people to work together to positively change their communities and beyond. We create agents of positive change.