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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW

APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 SEMESTER ONE (February-June) INTERNSHIPS are now closed.

Our previous group of interns:  from Left to Right: Amy Lin, Nicole King, Ciara Morris, Dayna Santana, Vicki Sideris, Thanh Nguyen

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 organisation, public 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 event, workshops 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 a minimum of two short opinion pieces (600-800 words) on topics of your choice to be published on the AIIA website (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, including social media.
  • 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 complete research and administrative tasks.

Selection Criteria:

  • Essential:
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
    • Awareness of and interest in 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  Michael Nguyen) containing a brief cover letter that addresses the Selection Criteria, your CV and a brief sample of written work (no longer than 3 pages). Please include contact details for two referees in your cv.  Applicants should collate all documents into a single pdf attachment. 

The written piece should be analytical in nature and  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.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend in-person interviews.

Internship applications are welcomed during the following period:

1-31 May for Semester 2  2019

1-31 December for Semester 1 2020

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

Inquiries: Michael Nguyen at

Our present group of interns ( February – June 2019)


Nicholos Conomos


Kevin Fine


Hannah Green


Euan Moyle


Lucy Nason


Kade Newell

Intern co-ordinator:

Michael Nguyen


Previous interns still assisting the intern program:

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.

Ciara Morris is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) at the University of Sydney. Ciara majored in Government & International Relations and Chinese Studies, and wrote a research 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 Asia-Pacific, including China, as a re-emerging global power. Ciara hopes to begin post-graduate study in Asia in 2019 focusing on public policy and inter-cultural relations.

Vicki Sideris is in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies), majoring in International Relations and International Business at the University of New South Wales. She spent a year on exchange at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she also volunteered as a literacy tutor for the local DC Reads program. She has previously worked as a risk management intern at Macquarie Group and as a project consultant at the Social Impact Hub. Her main areas of interest include American and Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics, as well asbroader Indo-Pacific trade and security issues. Vicki was an AIIA NSW intern in 2018 before being elected to the council as an intern coordinator.