Careers in University Sport

Australian University Sport (AUS) is the peak governing body of university sport in Australia. There are 42 member institutions nationally that AUS provides services to fulfil on the following aims:

  • Foster university sport as a relevant and important part of university life
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to participate in competitive sport at a regional, national and international level
  • Provide national policy in relation to university sport
  • Lobby and represent, on behalf of its members, the sporting needs of Australia's university students.

AUS is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and has a board of nine to administer and manage the sporting needs for all AUS member institutions. The head office is based in Brisbane with staff also based in regional and event offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and the Gold Coast.

AUS is committed to the principle of ongoing continual improvement and the spirit of doing one’s best. As an AUS team member, you can expect to be part of a team that is dedicated to excellence and high performance, prides itself on operational best practice, promotes inclusion and respect for diversity and allows for flexible work arrangements that assist to balance family, study and work commitments.

Vacancies in University sport sector

Member professional development bursaries

BUCS Conference Exchange Bursary

BUCS Conference Exchange Bursary

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Conference Travel Bursary

Conference Travel Bursary

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Internship Program

Australian University Sport Career Pathway Program

The Australian University Sport (AUS) Career Pathway Program offers internship and volunteering opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students keen on developing employability attributes, and professional development and exchange opportunities for professionals working in the higher education sport sector.

More than 50 opportunities will be offered each year in these areas that include both national and international programs, many of which feature travel support bursaries.

Internship positions at AUS are both highly sought after and highly beneficial to undergraduate students seeking real live on the job training and development. We have numerous examples of people that have volunteered as an intern for AUS and have gone on to secure employment off the strength of their experience and references from AUS. There are a number of categories for internships outline below and the application process for each area differs slightly so make sure you read the instructions carefully.

National marketing, media and sponsorship internships

The interns recruited for the marketing, media and sponsorship roles report to the national marketing team based in head office (Brisbane) and as such will be part of a national team that delivers services across the entire suite of AUS events including:

  • Unibattle
  • AUS National Conference
  • Australian University Championships
  • Regional University Games (Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western)
  • Snow Unigames
  • Australian University Games

There are multiple internships on offer annually located across Australia that assist the AUS marketing team to deliver a range of services in marketing, media, social media, sponsorship, graphic design, broadcast and video production. These positions will be made available in the near future.

For undergraduate students, AUS is willing to complete any paperwork required to enable you to attribute the work experience hours towards any relevant areas of study and upon completion of the internship AUS will supply you with a letter of recognition.

How to apply:

1. Read the position description (via the links above) in detail to understand what is expected of you
2. Check to ensure you are available for the duration of the position
3. Update your resume to no more than three pages
4. Submit your application via email to and place the role title you wish to apply for along with your location in the subject line of your email.

All applications will be acknowledged and successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

High performance internships

Working with our elite teams which attend the Summer Universiade every second year, the High Performance Interns are appointed for a two year period and students must be completing a sport management degree (or equivalent). If you are interested in undertaking an internship in this area, send your resume and introduction cover letter to High Performance Manager - Siobhan James

National programs internships

Interns working in the area of National Programs can work on projects as diverse as policies & procedures, historical data management, events and sport planning. If you are interested in undertaking an internship in this area, send your resume and introduction cover letter to National Programs Manager - Donna Spethman

Event internships

Event interns work specifically on a specific AUS event. These roles are usually based in the host city where the event is held. Each event requires between five and 15 event interns working across areas such as sport, registration, accreditation, special events, sponsorship, marketing and operations. If you are interested in an event internship role, send your resume and a cover letter, introducing yourself, to the key contact from the event of your interest.


Vacancies at Australian University Sport

Unigames volunteer program - sponsored by Mainfreight

Mainfreight banner workforce

The Unigames volunteer workforce, sponsored by Mainfreight, is made up of more than 500 volunteers Australia wide who are the backbone of AUS events including the Australian University Games; Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western University Games; Unibattle; Snow Unigames and Australian University Championships.

If you started the year off thinking to yourself... "My resume is empty! I need valuable experience in sport!" ... Then look no further than Unigames!

There are a wide range Games time volunteer positions available across all events in a range of roles including results, sport medicine, administration, special events, journalism, photography and operations. 

Our ideal volunteer will be the kind of person that: 

  • Wants to develop new skills, make industry contacts and receive on the job training and mentoring
  • Wants to be involved in the lead up to and during a Unigames event
  • Loves sport
  • Is proactive, takes initiative and gets the job done
  • Love free stuff!

All our Games time volutneers will reveive free access to the Unigames social program and volunteer party, free meals during their shift and a haute couture uniform that's yours to keep. Okay maybe the uniform isn't haute couture...

If you thought "Yeah that's me!" about any of the above statements, then apply to join the Mainfreight volunteer workforce via the relevant Unigames events below!

  • ASC
  • AIS
  • Defence Force Recruiting
  • Stay Oz
  • Red Bull
  • Kukri
  • Mainfreight
  • Virgin Australia