The Jesaulenko Internship


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Ages 18+
For Males / Females
Experience Beginner - Advanced
Cultural Multicultural

The Jesaulenko Coaching Internship seeks to enable people who have also migrated to Australia to follow Alex’s lead by becoming engaged in the country’s favourite sport: Australian Rules Football.

In collaboration with the Australian Football League and AFL Coaches Association, 10 AFL Football Clubs are looking for a volunteer Intern, for up to a 10 week program commencing in June 2017.


  • A keen interest in Sport and a desire to learn from an elite professional environment.
  • Experience coaching her/his own team would be preferred.
  • Understanding of AFL would be preferred, but is not essential.


  • The Internship may suit a University student needing to secure a work placement to complete a Degree in a sport or science related discipline.

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Characteristics:

  • The candidate must be from a multi-cultural background with one or more parents born overseas.
  • Highly developed, demonstrated team work skills
  • An interest in learning the skills associated with becoming a lifelong fan of AFL and an AFL Coach at a Community Club.
  • Moderate computer literacy.
  • The Intern will be required to make her/his own travel arrangements to and from the Club and to matches.

High-Level Overview of Job Requirements:

The selected Intern must be able to perform effectively as follows:

  • Attend the Club’s premises one full day per week plus at one local game (either AFL or State League) for up to 10 consecutive weeks. Half of each day is envisaged to be spent within the coaching department, accompanying an assistant coach.  The second half of the day will either be spent researching set projects or, more likely, assisting the Club’s community staff.
  • The Intern will not travel interstate to attend games.
  • The position is strictly voluntary and will not be paid.
  • The Intern will gain access to the Club’s inner sanctum, so the Club may require the Intern to sign a Confidentiality Agreement.
  • The Intern will interact with AFL Players and Coaches in a high performance environment and will be expected to do so respectfully.
  • It is likely the Club’s Community Department will engage the Intern to assist in its community activities.
  • The Intern may be required to assist the AFL celebrate Multicultural Round in late July.

The Intern will be expected to complete the 10 week program having acquired a skills set to coach an AFL team at a local Community Club and retain a lifelong love of Australia’s indigenous game.