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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW


Our previous group of interns:  Nicholas Conomos, Euan Moyle, Hannah Green, Alex McManis, Lucy Nason and Kevin Fine

Internships at AIIA NSW are offered to university students or recent graduates who have an interest in international affairs, and who are looking to further develop their skills for future professional involvement in international policy. AIIA NSW internships are highly competitive and previous interns have found employment in Australian Public Service graduate roles, think tanks, not-for-profit organisations, business, law and academia.

AIIA NSW’s internship program offers:

  • Opportunities to attend weekly events, including private roundtable discussions with presenters before events
  • Opportunities to publish opinion pieces on the AIIA website, including its national online publication Australian Outlook
  • Participation in intern presentation and debate nights
  • Training in event organisation, public speaking, debating and research
  • Opportunities to network with experts and AIIA members, who have wide-ranging experience in international affairs
  • Participation in masterclasses in diplomacy, publishing and management and an annual careers event
  • Access to mentors from the public, private, academic and not-for-profit sectors

Internship duties

AIIA NSW interns must be able to commit to the full duration of the internship. For Semester 1 internships, the duration will be from February to June, and for Semester 2 internships, the duration will be from July to December. Internship periods roughly coincide with university timetables.

Interns must be available to assist during events which are usually held on Tuesday evenings at Glover Cottages in Sydney, and may need to allocate additional time to complete research and administrative tasks. Interns are expected to:

  • Provide administrative assistance such as producing promotional information for events, assistance in setting up, managing multimedia and summarising events for the AIIA website
  • Produce a short opinion piece of 600-800 words and an option to pitch another piece to Australian Outlook, both on topics of their choice
  • Participate in intern presentations and debates
  • Promote AIIA events in interns’ university campuses, and through other platforms including social media

Selection criteria

AIIA NSW is looking for undergraduate students, postgraduate students or recent university graduates who have:

  • Excellent writing, research and presentation skills
  • Initiative and motivation
  • Teamwork and time management skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Awareness of, and interest in, international affairs

Experience in public speaking and debating, presentation skills, ability to assist with audio-visual operation and knowledge of online marketing and social media management are highly desirable.

How to apply

Applications for internships are welcomed during the following period:

  • For Semester 1 internships, applications are open from 15 November to 22 December
  • For Semester 2 internships, applications are open from 1 May to 31 May

Applications should be emailed to, with the subject “AIIA Internship Application – Your Name”, and must contain:

  • A brief cover letter that addresses the selection criteria
  • A CV or resume, including contact details for two referees
  • A sample of written analytical work that is no more than 3 pages in length. The sample should be on any topic of international affairs and should showcase analytical and communication skills rather than just subject-matter knowledge.

Please collate all documents into a single PDF attachment.

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


For further information, please email


Our current group of interns ( July – December 2019)

From left to right: Ludmilla Nunell, Alice Guirguis, Jasmine Brinsmead, James Dunn, Toby Warden,  and Abbey Dorian

Ludmilla Nunell recently finished her honours years at the University of Sydney, where she completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies majoring in Asian Studies with first class honours. She has also studied at Fudan University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. She is a two-time recipient of the New Colombo Mobility Grant to study in China. Her research interests include China’s foreign relations, international cyber security, science and technology diplomacy and Australia’s place in the Asian region.

Alice Guirguis is a student at Macquarie University studying security studies. She was formerly the Deputy Women’s Officer at ANU and has been an advocate for the rights of women of colour for several years. Currently, she is a research volunteer at the think tank Australia 21 and a correspondent at the Organization for World Peace.  Her areas of interest are the Middle East and North Africa, Australia’s changing security landscape, and the increasing focus on non-state actors in international affairs.

Jasmine Brinsmead is undertaking her final semester of a Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Wollongong. Currently, Jasmine is embarking on research with Venerable Dr Juewei at the Nan Tien Institute in Wollongong which focuses on incorporating humanistic Buddhist values into contemporary transnational relations. She is also working on the editorial board for Frontier, UOW’s first peer-reviewed, student-run academic journal of international affairs. She has a strong interest in the social and ecological effects of ‘business as usual’ and has directed her studies around global sustainable development.

James Dunn is in his fourth year of a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New South Wales. He is a recipient of several scholarships, including the New Colombo Plan Scholarship.  Previously, James studied at the University of Hong Kong on exchange, and has interned with the China-Australia Chamber of Commerce in Beijing and Herbert Smith Freehills. He has won the UNSW Business School Dean’s List prize in International Business, and currently serves as a Justice of the Peace. James’ research interests include trade liberalisation, Greater China, ASEAN, and Australian foreign and security policy.

Toby Warden is a third-year Bachelor of International and Global Studies student at the University of Sydney. He has previously interned at the Federal Court of Australia’s International Programs Unit and with PwC in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In 2017, he studied human rights and international development at the University of California in Los Angeles.  Toby enjoys researching Chinese politics, particularly modern Chinese state-society relations and foreign policy. In 2020 he hopes to pursue an honours thesis pertaining to reforms in the People’s Liberation Army.

Abbey Dorian has recently completed a Bachelor of International and Global Studies, majoring in Government and International Relations and Political Economy, from the University of Sydney. Having undertaken a semester of study abroad at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, Abbey is particularly interested in the nexus between human rights and cyber-security. She is also a correspondent for the Organization for World Peace and has partaken in volunteer work in Fiji.

Intern Coordinators and Councillors:

Nicole King has recently graduated from a double degree in Arts (Government and International Relations, Spanish and Latin America Studies) and Economics (Environmental and Resource Economics) at the University of Sydney. 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. Nicole hopes to undertake a Masters in Policy Analysis with a focus on environmental security.

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 as broader Indo-Pacific trade and security issues. Vicki was an AIIA NSW intern in 2018 before being elected to the council as an intern coordinator.

Euan Moyle is a Master of International Relations student at the University of Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of International Studies from Macquarie University, and has also studied at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. Euan has previously served as an intern with the Lowy Institute, a Research Fellow with Young Australians in International Affairs and a participant in the 2018 United Nations Graduate Study Programme in Geneva. Currently, he serves as a geopolitical risk analyst with the online publication Foreign Brief and a Projects Officer with Young Australians in International Affairs. His research interests include Australian foreign and security policy, the Pacific Islands region, international development, multilateral institutions and human rights.