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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)

From left is Nicholas Conomos, Euan Moyle, Hannah Green, Alexander McManis, Lucy Nason, Kevin Fine

Nicholas Conomos is a law student and Bachelor of Arts graduate in Philosophy and Modern Greek Studies from the University of Sydney. He is a former president of the Sydney University Greek Society. His research interests focus on the Balkans, Greece, Turkey and more broadly the politics of the European Union.

 Kevin Fine is in his first year of a Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts (honors), majoring in Government & International Relations from the University of Sydney. His interest in international affairs was stoked whilst undertaking a gap year program in Israel. Kevin’s main areas of interests are: U.S. foreign policy, international security, Israeli domestic politics and foreign policy, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Egyptian foreign policy.

Hannah Green is currently undertaking a Master of International Relations at the University of Sydney. As a Deans Scholar during her undergraduate degree, Hannah majored in International Relations and Politics. While studying in Canada at the University of British Columbia, Hannah began to direct her studies towards international conflict management and post-conflict environments. She is currently a senior correspondent at the Organisation for World Peace and a project volunteer for the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS). Hannah would like to continue to direct her research towards the promotion of more humane refugee policies in Australia and contribute to the creation of more effective humanitarian support for individuals in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Alex McManis is currently undertaking an honours year for his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Government and International Relations, and History. His thesis will focus on global environmental politics, particularly what influences states to take action on climate change. Alex previously interned at Ports Australia, the peak body representing the Australian ports sector, and was a pro-bono consultant for a Sydney tech start-up. In his spare time he is a passionate debater and has competed at the Australian Debating Championships, where he was an Octo-Finalist, and has judged at the Australasian and Australian British Parliamentary Debating Championships. Alex’s research interests include environmental politics, particularly global climate politics, democratisation and US politics.

Euan Moyle is a second-year 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 was invited to participate in the 2018 United Nations Graduate Study Programme in Geneva. Currently, he serves as a geopolitical risk analyst with online publication Foreign Brief. His core research interests include Australian foreign and security policy, the Pacific Islands region, international development and human rights.

Lucy Nason is currently a second year Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Sydney. She recently graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours in History and Politics, where she focused on international relations and twentieth century political history. Having interned for a year at the United States Studies Centre, Lucy has a particular interest in US foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region. She is also interested in diplomacy, public policy, and international law and has been a delegate to the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations and represented Australia at the Global Future Problem Solving international finals.

Intern co-ordinators:

Chris Khatouki  has recently completed his honours degree in International Relations at the University of Wollongong. His research focuses on political development and its relationship to violence, particularly within the Asia-Pacific region. In 2016 Chris founded The Language Exchange, a university funded program aimed at increasing the bilingual capacity of students and young people. The program has developed to become the largest program of its kind in the Illawarra region and engages hundreds of volunteers and participants every year. In 2017 Chris founded the Illawarra Youth Forum, an annual event which gathers bright minds from eight different high schools to discuss global issues. Chris was an AIIA NSW intern in 2018 and is currently seeking to expand the institute’s community impact and youth engagement.

& Michael Nguyen

Previous interns still assisting the intern program:

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.

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.