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The Australian Institute of International Affairs seeks students from Australia and throughout the world who are interested in completing a voluntary internship. Regular internships are offered in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra (National Office). Places may also be available in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra (ACT Branch) and Hobart depending on branch needs.

Application Process

National Office in Canberra

A customised program is designed for each of the AIIA’s National Office interns according to the intern’s learning and career development needs. It can include a mix of training and practical experience in events, communications and office management. Download a Standard contract trainee template (32 kB).

The AIIA has some flexibility to adapt its internship programs to suit individual needs:

  • Internships can focus on events management and/or communication tasks, including website development, social media and publications.
  • Internships can be full-time or part-time (minimum one day per week) for a 3-12 month period. Placements less than 3 months are rare.
  • Internships at National Office can be for academic credit through a university program.
  • Interns will be provided with support including induction, regular supervision, access to events and opportunity to work with other interns.

Applications to National Office can be made at any time during the year and will be considered according to the following timeline*:

For commencement date:February-AprilMay-JulyAugust-OctoberNovember-January
Applications must be received by:1 November1 February1 May1 August
Decision will be notified by:15 November15 February15 May15 August

*International applicants who need a longer timeline for planning should feel free to submit by the deadline for one intake before the planned intake for an earlier decision.

Some handy tips for preparing your application include:

  • be clear about the dates you are available for the internship (NB: there are no set starting dates);
  • include information both on how you hope to benefit from your placement with the AIIA and what you can offer the AIIA. The AIIA internship program aims to help students and graduates build careers in international affairs and other areas so we care how this placement will help you; and
  • show that you understand what type of organisation the AIIA is in your application. Have a look over the website to gain a sense of the AIIA’s activities.

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Russell Trood Internship – Australian Outlook Editor

The AIIA is proud to be able to offer the Russell Trood Internship thanks to the generosity of Russell Trood FAIIA, former president of AIIA Queensland and AIIA Fellow. This 3-month internship is for the Editor of the AIIA’s popular international affairs blog, Australian Outlook, and provides a $1000 honorarium to reimburse the costs of the voluntary internship. The Editor is required to work 4-5 days per week.

Apply now by selecting Australian Outlook Editor on the AIIA National Office internship application form and following the instructions.

AIIA NSW in Sydney

Applications to AIIA NSW should be made to the NSW Intern Coordinator by emailing nswinternships@internationalaffairs.org.au. Information on the internships program in Sydney is available here.

AIIA VIC in Melbourne

Applications to AIIA VIC should be made to admin.vic@internationalaffairs.org.au using ‘Internship Enquiry’ as the subject line.

AIIA for WA in Perth

The WA Branch is not accepting internship applications.

AIIA Queensland in Brisbane

Please view our internships page and join our Facebook page for information specific to Qld internships.

Other Branches

Applications to other Branches should be made to the relevant Branch.

Other considerations

Unfortunately, internships are unpaid and interns need to be able to cover their costs and living expenses.

You will need to exhibit a high degree of independence and excellent planning skills. Interns are treated as valuable members of the AIIA team and given as much responsibility as they can handle. You need to be self-directed and you would take on a range of projects that you work on autonomously with regular supervision.

Previous Interns

To get an impression of the work as an intern at the AIIA National Office see intern testimonials of

Hayley Channer (186.83 kB) (University of Queensland)

Gaya Raghavan (73 kB) (University of Melbourne policy intern)

Hannah Richardson (26.42 kB) (Australian National Internship Program intern)

Robin Heemskerk (14.85 kB) and Emilie Puylaert (31.54 kB) (both design interns from the Netherlands)

Julia Nadine Wirsbinna (38.44 kB) (a Masters student from Germany).

Intern attending a function at Parliament House, Canberra 2011

National Executive Director Melissa Conley Tyler, Intern Sarah Hately and Minister for Foreign Affairs the Hon Julie Bishop MP

Intern attending a function at Parliament House, Canberra 2011

Intern attending a function at Parliament House, Canberra 2011

Interns attending the Indonesia Australia Dialogue, Jakarta 2011

Interns attending the Indonesia Australia Dialogue, Jakarta 2011

 

AIIA National Intern with Sir Gus Nossal for the launch of the Australia’s Role in the World website.

AIIA National Intern with Sir Gus Nossal for the launch of the Australia’s Role in the World website.

Interns attending the National President's Forum at Parliament House, Perth 2011.

Interns attending the National President’s Forum at Parliament House, Perth 2011.