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Apply for an internship with AIIA NSW

Applications for our Semester 1 2023 (February – June) internship program are open now, until

January 16, 2023


Our previous group of interns 2022:

Drew Beacom, Sachin Khunte, Victor Liang, Rebecca Zhang, Jacqueline Michalopoulos and Emily Shelley


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.  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 2023, applications are open from Monday, 14 November to 16 January 2023
  • For Semester 2 internships 2023, applications will be open from 1 May to 31 May, 2023

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. Do not submit co-authored pieces.

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, 2022)

from left to right:  Antony, Grace, Ashrika, Teague, Ralph and Oliver

Ralph Housego is a fourth-year student at the University of Sydney studying a Bachelor of Arts/Advanced Studies (Politics and International Relations, Political Economy). Ralph currently works as a media analyst at GRACosway, a strategic communications and public affairs consulting firm, and as a research assistant at the digital government advocacy platform, Advoc8. He has previously interned at the tech-policy think tank RESET Australia and worked as a research and policy assistant at the European Australian Business Council, where he gained valuable exposure to the political and economic relationship between Australia and Europe. Ralph’s areas of interest centre on Australia’s trading relationships with its Indo-Pacific neighbours as well as broader geostrategic and economic issues in the region.

Teague Mirabelle is a fourth-year student at Macquarie University undertaking a double Masters in cyber-security analysis and international affairs. In 2016 he was the leading team member for the Cardoner project sent to eastern Zambia to develop English programs in collaboration with local governments and NGOs. His current research is centred around Australia’s developing relationships with its Indo-Pacific neighbours, with particular emphasis on Indonesia and on emerging risk trends in national security especially in the cyber landscape. As a fire-fighter with the Rural Fire Service for the past three years his research interests extend as well to national water management in an ever-increasingly unstable environment on both a national and international level.

Antony Murrell is a fourth-year student at the University of New South Wales, studying a Bachelor of Arts (History/Spanish and Latin American Studies) and a Bachelor of Laws. He currently writes about geopolitics and international affairs for the YouTube channel CaspianReport, which broadcasts commentaries on a wide range of international issues and conflicts. Previously, he helped produce the Global Questions podcast for the Young Diplomats Society as audio editor. His main areas of interest include great power politics, Latin America, the Pacific, and relations between the global North and South.

Oliver Owens is a recent graduate from the Australian National University where he studied a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts with a major in ceramics. He has previously interned at the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, where his research focussed on the Australian Government’s systems which administer regulatory information for the movement of cross-border goods. He also continues to pursue his arts practice by exhibiting work in galleries across Canberra and Sydney. Oliver’s research interests in international affairs are primarily associated with issues in security and climate policy, particularly across the Indo-Pacific region.

Grace Papworth is in her fourth-year undergraduate law degree and has a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in politics at the University of Sydney. She has formerly worked for Australian Senator Andrew Bragg and as a law clerk, developing broad policy interests (and how they overlap in the law and legislation). Her work abroad with US Senator Tim Scott and subsequent research project on US compulsory voting and extremism has fostered a strong interest in US political structures, soft power and notions of party government. Grace completed a consulting cross-disciplinary program in 2021, undertaking an analysis of Australia’s international commitments to disability education. This passion stems from her lived experience as a carer. She will continue her critical thinking research at Deloitte in 2023.

Ashrika Paruthi is a third-year Dalyell Scholar and Vice Chancellor’s International Scholar, undertaking a Bachelor of Arts/Advanced Studies, majoring in International Relations and Politics, at the University of Sydney. She is a Researcher and Policy Advisor at the Climate Council of Australia and a Councillor, International Students’ Officer and Ethno-cultural Officer on the University of Sydney Students’ Representative Council. She was chosen to formulate policy recommendations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2022 Voices of Youth Forum. She has also been Consultant for the United Nations Counterterrorism Centre (UNCCT), NSW Government and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her research interests include Indo-Pacific politics, humanitarian affairs and cyber security.


Intern Coordinators and Councillors for 2022:

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. 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 works as a Compliance Analyst for a financial services firm. Her main areas of interest include American and Japanese foreign policy and domestic politics, and wider Indo-Pacific trade and security issues.

Alex McManis is a former intern at AIIA NSW. He is currently completing his Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney, having previously graduated from a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Government and International Relations also at the University of Sydney. His honours thesis analysed the European Union’s behaviour at the 2015 U.N. climate negotiations in Paris. Alex was the Climate and Energy Security Fellow at Young Australians in International Affairs and clerked at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a leading Australian commercial law firm. He was also the winner of Sydney Law School’s 2021 Summer Innovation Program. Alex’s research focuses on climate change and global environmental politics.

Isabel Freudenstein is a former intern and studying a Juris Doctor at the University of Sydney. Before this, Isabel graduated from the University of Sydney with a firstclass honours in International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts/Advanced Studies in Politics and International Relations. Her thesis examined the changing nature of humanitarian intervention in a multipolar international system. Isabel writes for the university newspaper, Honi Soit, and formerly worked with REA Group in their communications and sustainability team. Her main areas of interest include norms of international behaviour, international organisations, gender and migration.