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Graduate Intern - Indigenous Affairs

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Work type: Fixed Term Contract (Cochlear payrolled), Graduate, Hourly Temporary/Casual, Intern (Student)
Location: Sydney
Categories: Students & Graduates, Asia Pacific, Individual Contributor

Cochlear’s mission is to help people hear and be heard. Around the world, more people chose a Cochlear-branded hearing implant system than any other. Our employees tell us that the number one reason they enjoy working for Cochlear is the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives. Learn and grow with us as we tackle the most complex challenges in helping people to Hear Now. And Always.

Cochlear Asia-Pacific, the fastest growing division of Cochlear Ltd, has a direct market presence in Japan, Korea, China, India, SE Asia and Australia & New Zealand. Our implantable hearing device portfolio includes cochlear implant systems (Nucleus®) and bone conduction implant systems (Baha®)

Key Responsibilities

Cochlear Limited (Asia Pacific region) is looking for a passionate, high-performing and motivated Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, to undertake a 6-month part-time (2-3 days per week) paid internship, commencing March 2020.

This opportunity enables a final year undergraduate or postgraduate student to gain valuable work experience in a global medical device business focused on helping people hear and be heard. 

The Indigenous Affairs Intern will be a key member of the Asia Pacific (APAC) team, working closely with experienced, cross functional departments in a multinational organization. Various projects will be undertaken throughout the internship, including those with an indigenous focus.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop key relationships within APAC colleagues in the field to build commercial acumen
  • Progress the development of broader access to hearing health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in close collaboration with the Cochlear Australia team
  • Researching and identifying indigenous project/advocacy opportunities  
  • Contribute to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) projects, including but not limited to providing support in co-ordination of various Indigenous engagement events and other initiatives
  • Assist and support the APAC Vice President and APAC Leadership Team to progress project action items to meet key deadlines
  • Supporting the APAC President and APAC Leadership Team to develop communications internally and externally including preparing reports and presentations
  • Manage and support ad-hoc projects, events and continuous improvement initiatives, as required
  • Prepare reports and present data in formats that make summary findings easy to understand and that enable managers to make decisions easily, as required

You Bring Your Skills and Experience

As we grow our operations, we are looking for people who share our passion for delivering quality hearing solutions to our customers. To add value to Cochlear in this role, you'll be able to demonstrate the following skills and experience:


  • Candidates must identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Undergraduate degree (final year) candidate with a strong academic record (distinction average) or postgraduate degree.
  • Availability to work 20 hours a week, with a 6-month commitment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills along with initiative and an eagerness to learn
  • High attention to detail, rigor and process, strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent project management, with the flexibility and adaptability to manage and prioritise multiple ongoing projects
  • Ability to quickly build strong internal and external networks
  • Attention to detail and a proven ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines
  • Excellent presentation skills and proven ability to work with PowerPoint and Excel  

In turn, you will have the unique opportunity to develop your commercial acumen within in a challenging and diverse set of markets and make a real difference to the lives of the hearing impaired.

After demonstrating your ability to achieve and collaborate, there are opportunities for growth and advancement. This role is a potential stepping stone to a career at Cochlear in a mutually agreed field.

Working for Cochlear:

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. The company has a global workforce of more than 3,500 people worldwide and invests more than AUD$160 million each year in research and development. Over 550,000 people across more than 100 countries now experience hearing as a recipient of a Cochlear hearing solution.

Cochlear can offer:

  • The Work - A high impact job supporting world leading technology
  • The Organisation – A global leader in active implantable medical device hearing technology
  • The Opportunity – To make a difference to the quality of people’s lives

As a world-leader in innovative medical devices, Cochlear encourages continuous learning for employees. Visit for more information.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and a covering letter detailing your suitability for this role. All applications will be considered, and qualified candidates will be contacted.




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