Gadens Queensland today celebrated a milestone of the firm’s Indigenous
Justice Anthe Philippides was the keynote speaker at a function to
acknowledge the 10th anniversary of Gadens’ Indigenous Intern Program
which commenced in 2007 under the auspices of the Department of Education, Employment and
In 2013, Gadens aligned with CareerTrackers, a national non-profit organisation that creates internship
opportunities for Indigenous university students.
CareerTrackers supports pre-professional Indigenous
university students and links them with private sector employers to participate
in paid multi-year internships. Students
perform their internship with a sponsoring company with the aim of converting
from intern into full-time employee upon completion of their university degree.
Justice Philippides said: “In
providing these internships, Gadens has demonstrated a genuine commitment to
Gadens has employed 23 Indigenous interns
across a range of Practice Groups (including Banking and Finance, Corporate
Advisory and Property and Construction) over the past 10 years. A number of
Gadens’ past interns have gone on to secure positions at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC); Australian
Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC); Queensland Civil and Administrative
Tribunal (QCAT); Cape York Land Council; and, in private practice.
Gadens Queensland Chairman Paul Spiro said: “The Indigenous Intern
Program has been an outstanding success and the partnership with CareerTrackers
is integral to our People and Performance strategy. Our firm is delighted to
invest and develop Indigenous talent.”
Gadens reaffirmed its backing of the program
last year by becoming a signatory to the CareerTrackers “10/10” program, which
is a commitment to provide internship opportunities, adhering to Learning Contracts for indigenous students,
for a period of 10 years.
Dorante, Zachary Frazer, Mikaela French, Chloe Heterick, Suzie Howard and Liam
Roberts are the interns currently at Gadens Queensland.
said: “The CareerTrackers program has strongly enhanced my university
experience and heightened my ambition and drive to succeed.”
feel fortunate to be offered an internship at such a successful and respected
firm like Gadens,” she said.
Justice Philippides praised the interns for their commitment to seek a career
in law and wished them well with their future endeavours.
“You have what it takes to be at the
pinnacle of whatever career path you choose,” Justice Philippides
“Your abilities mean that you will,
inevitably, be in positions of power and influence and you will provide an
important indigenous presence in your chosen fields. You will help change
“You will help non-Indigenous
people to also understand how much is to be gained by acknowledging, respecting
and making an important place for Indigenous culture.”
the 10th anniversary of Gadens’ commitment to the Indigenous Intern
Program were (from left) interns Suzie Howard, Kathryn Dorante, Zachary Frazer,
Paul Spiro (Gadens Chairman), Liam Roberts, Chloe Heterick and Mikaela French.