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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW


Ed, Damien, Maneesha, Regan, Harrison, Karen, Rhys, Mitchell and Freya

Experience offered:

  • Opportunity to attend events. Presenters allot time before events to answer Intern questions.
  • Opportunities to publish opinion pieces on the AIIA website including the weekly online Outlook
  • Training in event organization, pubic speaking, debating and research.
  • Opportunity to interact with expert speakers and with AIIA members, who have a wide range of experience in international affairs over many years.
  • Access to a careers day and mentors from the public, private and non-for-profit sectors.


  • Provide administrative assistance to the institute, including:
    • Producing promotional information for events.
    • Assistance in setting up and catering for events.
    • Managing multimedia at events.
    • Taking turns to prepare a summary of around 400 words of each Tuesday evening presentation, including answers to questions, for the website
  • Produce two short opinion pieces (600-800 words) on a topic of your choice (to be approved by the Intern Coordinator).
  • Participate in intern presentations and debates.
  • Promote AIIA events on the campuses of interns’ universities  and through all available platforms.
  • Candidates must be able to commit to the full duration of the internship, including availability on Tuesday evenings and a few additional hours weekly to cplete research and administrative tasks.

Selection Criteria:

  • Essential:
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
    • Awareness and interest of international issues.
    • Initiative
  • Highly desirable:
    • Debating/public speaking experience.
    • Presentational skills
    • Ability to assist with audio-visual operation
    • Knowledge of online marketing

Internship periods roughly coincide with the university calendar across two semesters (intakes).

Semester 1   Feb – June 

Semester 2   July – December.

If you are interested in applying for an internship with AIIA NSW please send an email to (for the attention of  Zia Khan) containing a brief cover letter that addresses the Selection Criteria, your CV and a brief sample of written work (no longer than 3 pages). Applicants should collate all documents into a single attachment (either Word document or PDF). 

The written piece should be analytical in nature but does not necessarily have to be on a topic of international affairs. The selection panel is interested in candidates’ analytical skills and their written communication skills more so than their particular subject-matter knowledge.

Internship applications are welcomed during the following period:

1-23 December for Semester 1 2019

1-31 May for Semester 2  2019

Unfortunately due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  

Inquiries: Zia Khan at

Our present group of interns ( July- December 2018)

From Left to Right: Amy Lin, Nicole King, Ciara Morris, Dayna Santana, Vicki Sideris, Thanh Nguyen

Nicole King is in her final year of a double degree in Arts (Government and International Relations, Spanish and Latin American Studies) and Economics (Environmental and Resource Economics) at the University of Sydney. She has participated in language exchange programs in both Belgium and Spain, which is where her passion for international relations began. Nicole’s main interests are in environmental politics and international security, and in particular how those two areas intersect and relate to one another. Having previously interned with the Diplomacy Training Program she is also concerned about human rights issues.

 Amy Lin is a final year Bachelor International Studies (International Relations) and Bachelor of Media (Public Relations and Advertising) student at the University of New South Wales. Her one-year exchange in Japan, and her involvement in the UNSW United Nations Society nurtured her strong curiosity of non-Western perspectives on international relations. She currently volunteers for local NGO, Australian Refugee Volunteers, and her key areas of interest are soft power, East Asia and migration issues.

Ciara Morris is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Sydney. After majoring in Government & International Relations and Chinese Studies, she is now writing a thesis on Australia’s diplomatic approach to China. Having spent her high school years volunteering with UN Youth Australia, Ciara has always been passionate about foreign cultures and international affairs. Ciara is currently a National Executive Director of the Australia-China Youth Association, and has been on exchange to Peking University, Beijing and Fudan University, Shanghai. Ciara is interested in Australia’s place in the world and our relationship with neighbouring countries in the Indo-Pacific, including China, as a re-emerging global power.

Thanh Nguyen is in his third year studying a double degree in Laws & International Studies with a major in International Relations and a minor in Chinese Mandarin at the University of Wollongong. He has volunteered with several NGOs both in Australia and back in his home country Vietnam whose works focused on the promotion of education equality and child welfare. As a language enthusiast and with his strong interest in international affairs, Thanh has participated in exchange programs in different countries including China, South Korea, New Caledonia and Italy. His areas of interest include East and Southeast Asian politics and US-China relations.

Dayna Santana is a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies student at the University of Sydney, having graduated from a Bachelor of International and Global Studies degree in 2016. She lived for three months last year in New York interning for the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, where she advised on and attended UN consultations on a daily basis. Having volunteered in refugee camps in Greece which led to the beginnings of her small non-for-profit, Dayna has developed an interest in immigration policies worldwide and how the rise of populism, particularly in Europe, is affecting this. Her other interests are International Human Rights Law, Middle Eastern affairs, and the European Union.

Vicki Sideris is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies), studying International Relations and International Business at the University of New South Wales. In 2017 and 2018, she spent a year studying at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She has previously worked as a project consultant at the Social Impact Hub and as a contract administrator at Insurance Australia Group. Her main areas of interest include American and Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics and Indo-Pacific trade and security.


Previous interns still assisting the intern program:

Zia Khan has recently completed a Bachelor of Laws/International Studies student at the University of Wollongong, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. He is currently studying with the College of Law for his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. On campus, he is the Treasurer of the Amnesty International Society and was the Director of Model United Nations with the Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Society. He has spent the last three and a half years assisting solicitors at the Macarthur Legal Centre and has also worked as a Court Assistant Worker at the Campbelltown Children’s Court and interned with the Refugee Advice and Casework Service. His areas of interest primarily include the European Union (and the internal politics of Europe), studying populist movements and international human rights law.