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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW

Applications for the Semester 1 2021 (February-June) internship program are now open!


Our previous group of interns:  Ludmilla, Alice, Jasmine, James, Toby and Abbey

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 in AIIA’s 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. Depending on COVID-19 restrictions, successful applicants for the Semester 1 2021 internship intake may be given the option to extend their internships for an additional six months.  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 current undergraduate students and postgraduate students who have:

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

Knowledge and prior experience with professional audio-visual equipment, social media management, online marketing and hosting webinar events through applications such as Zoom 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 2020
  • For Semester 2 internships, applications are open from 1 May to 31 May

Applications should be emailed to, with the subject “AIIA NSW 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 ( February – December 2020)

From left to right:  Nimaya, Thomas, Amelia, Evangeline, Wendy and Marcus

Wendy Hu is a fourth-year student at the University of Sydney studying a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws. She has previously interned at the United States House of Representatives, a tech corporate advisory firm and Ernst & Young. Wendy is particularly interested in the international financial system, US politics and foreign policy, as well as the different conceptualisations of democratic institutions more broadly.

Evangeline Larsen is undertaking her final semester of a dual degree between Sciences Po university in France and the University of Sydney majoring in Middle Eastern and North African studies, French and International Relations. Last year Evangeline participated in the APRU (Asia Pacific Rim Universities) Undergraduate Leadership Program in Oregon, USA for two weeks which focused on the nexus of public health, environment and social inequality on a global scale. She is particularly interested in Lebanese politics and the complexities of the recent global anti-neoliberal protest movements.

Nimaya Mallikahewa is in her fifth year of a double degree in International Studies, majoring in International Relations, and Media (Public Relations and Advertising) at the University of New South Wales. She is currently the executive editor of Politik, the student-run UNSW International Affairs Review. She served as a Speakers’ Director for the inaugural UNSW ASEAN Conference in 2019 and interned at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies in Sri Lanka. Nimaya’s research interests include international development aid with a focus on South Asian development, Sri Lankan and Australian foreign and security policy, transitional justice, and maritime security.

Marcus McCulloch is undertaking Honours in Political Economy at the University of Sydney, writing a thesis on the industrialisation of the Soviet Union. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) in 2019, majoring in Political Economy, and Spanish and Latin American Studies. Marcus has been a recipient of several university scholarships and awards, including the 2017 Dean’s List of Academic Excellence, and spent a year on exchange in Madrid, studying world history from the Iberian perspective. He is also a keen debater, and recently reached the finals of the World Universities Debating Championship in Bangkok. He is interested in the fate of democracy in the 21st Century.

 Amelia Proudlove is a student at Macquarie University and is entering her final year of a Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Laws, majoring in International Law and Global Governance. She has previously interned with the International Programs Unit at the Federal Court of Australia and also undertook a six month exchange in Cardiff University’s politics faculty. Her areas of interest include the changing role for international humanitarian law in regards to modern day conflict and its nexus to Australia’s evolving security landscape. Amelia hopes to secure a Graduate role in this field following the completion of her degree.

Thomas Shortridge is undertaking his Bachelor of Arts honours year in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. He has previously interned at the United Services Union and currently oversees the New South Wales Debating Union. As a debater himself, he has been a semi-finalist at the world championships and a top 10 speaker at the Australasian championships. His research interests focus predominantly on comparative politics, African politics, authoritarian regimes, and democratic transitions.


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 a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce (International Studies) at the University of New South Wales, where she majored in International Relations and International Business. She studied for one year at Georgetown University in Washington DC, where she also volunteered as a literacy tutor for the local DC Reads program. Vicki was awarded a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant to intern at the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. She has previously worked at Insurance Australia Group and interned at the Social Impact Hub. Currently, she is a compliance associate at Macquarie Group. Her main areas of interest include American and Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics, and wider Indo-Pacific trade and security issues. Vicki interned at the AIIA NSW 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.

Alex McManis is a former intern at AIIA NSW and will be an intern coordinator in 2020. He recently completed his Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney. His honours thesis analysed the European Union’s behaviour at the 2015 U.N. climate negotiations in Paris. Alex has previously interned at Ports Australia, and was a pro-bono consultant for a Sydney start up. Alex is also a passionate debater. He has debated in the finals of the Australian Debating Championship and judged debating competitions across Australia, Asia and Europe. His research focuses on global environmental politics and the politics of the European Union.