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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW

Applications for the Semester 1 2022 (February – June) internship program are now open and will close on January 7, 2022


Our previous group of interns:  Alice Nason, Sanjay Balakumar, Pailey Wang, Rachel Bell MacDonald, Adjoa Assan and Erica Bell


Internships at AIIA NSW are offered to university students 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.

Please note that the AIIA NSW is not considering interstate applications at this time and does not sponsor relocation to Sydney. For those residing outside of NSW, you can view internship opportunities at other AIIA branches here.

AIIA NSW’s internship program offers:

  • Opportunities to attend speaker 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 on 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
  • Contribute to the Columns from Glover Cottages Newsletter
  • 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 2022, applications are open from 1 December to 7 January 2022
  • For Semester 2 internships, applications are open from 1 May to 31 May, 2022

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. For those who wish to submit a three-page extract of a larger piece, please include an introduction and conclusion.

Please collate all documents into a single PDF attachment.

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


For further information, please email


Our current group of interns (July – December 2021)

Niki Beri, Isabel Freudenstein, Luke Goldman, Cameron Smith and Grace Bui

Niki Beri is a fourth-year student at the University of Sydney, studying a Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations, Music). She is currently a Parliamentary Liaison at Jasiri Australia, facilitating the NSW Girls Takeover Parliament program and Secretary of the Sutherland Shire Chuo Sister City Association. Niki has also volunteered in numerous roles with non-profit organisations and had the opportunity to teach English for 2 months in Sri Lanka. Through her studies she has developed a keen interest in human rights, ethnic conflict and women’s issues and rights.

Isabel Freudenstein is a fourth-year student at the University of Sydney majoring in International Relations, Politics and History while she studies a Bachelor of Arts/Advanced Studies in Politics and International Relations. She is currently in her honours year, writing a thesis on the changing nature of humanitarian intervention, examining the Responsibility to Protect norm’s development within a rising multipolar international system. Isabel is a writer for the university newspaper, Honi Soit, and formerly an intern with REA Group in their communications and sustainability team. Her core interests lie in the changing dynamics of the international system, norms of behaviour, gender and migration.

Luke Goldman is a Government and International Relations student at the University of Sydney. He is an editor for an HSC Economics textbook where he has contributed to chapters on trade, exchange rates, inequality and economic policy. These reflect his main international affairs research interests on trade, the role of international organisations such as the IMF and the World Bank in geopolitics as well as US-Australia security policy. Luke also works for a consulting firm where he has focused on industrial relations compliance and corporate tax.

Alexandra Russell Brown is a fifth-year student at the University of Sydney studying Politics, International Relations and Political Economy. During her studies, Alexandra was invited to become a Dalyell Scholar.  In 2019, Alexandra was awarded the Vice Chancellors Global Mobility Scholarship to undertake an exchange at the University of Edinburgh and has also spent periods of time living in Canada, France and England. These international and academic experiences have fostered her interest in international affairs, particularly international trade and finance and global environmental politics.

Cameron Smith is a recent Bachelor of Arts (Honours) graduate majoring in History and International Relations at the University of Wollongong. Currently, he is working as an Electorate Officer at the Parliament of Australia and is the Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of the Australia-Pacific Youth Dialogue. Cameron is also an award-winning writer and has had his work featured in several publications. He is the North American Correspondent for Young Diplomats Society and the Managing Editor for the Journal on World Affairs at UCLA. Cameron has a strong interest in US foreign policy, international security, and grey-zone operations in the Indo-Pacific.

Trang Bui (Grace) is an International Relations and Communication and Media Studies student at the University of Wollongong. She is currently undertaking an Honours year, writing a thesis on Vietnam’s public diplomacy and nation branding during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Grace was an editor of student-led Frontier: UOW Journal of International Affairs, and interned at a consultancy firm, DevDAS, where she focused on the Australian aid and development in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically in Fiji and Timor Les-te. Her interests include Vietnamese politics, Asia-Pacific politics, public diplomacy and political communication.



Intern Coordinators and Councillors for 2021:

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 is undertaking 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.

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.

Chris Khatouki is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of New South Wales. His research focuses upon political violence and economic development in North East Asia. He is also currently assisting the Programs and Research Division at Asia Society, Sydney.
Before beginning his PhD, Chris worked in South Korea for the Gyeongsangnam-do Office of Education. In 2018, he completed his International Relations Degree at the University of Wollongong, where he was awarded first class Honours and the University Medal for Academic Excellence.