Internship at Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA) in Sydney, Australia

Posted on 13 December, 2016

aiia-logo-230x230The Australian Institute for International Affairs (AIIA) is now accepting applications for their semester 1 2017 internship intake. The intern will have the opportunity to access a variety of events related to international relations, as well as presenting their own opinions through written pieces published on the AIIA website. Previous interns include those who are focused and interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship.

Experience Offered:

  • Ability to attend events (Presenters allot time before events to answer Intern questions)
  • Opportunities to publish opinion pieces on the AIIA website, present and debate at institute events and publish in the Emerging Scholars journal
  • Training in multimedia management, debating and research
  • Access to a careers day 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
  • 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
  • Produce two short opinion pieces (600-800 words) on a topic of your choice (to be approved by the Intern Coordinator)

Selection Criteria:

  • Essential:
    • Excellent writing and presentation skills
    • Awareness and interest of international issues
    • Initiative
  • Highly desirable:
    • Knowledge of video recording/editing, sound engineering, photography or online marketing
    • Debating experience


If you are interested in applying for an internship with AIIA NSW please send an email to (for the attention of  Ed Morris) containing a brief cover letter that addresses the Selection Criteria, your CV and a brief sample of written work (no longer than 3 pages). Applicants should collate all documents into a single attachment (either Word document or PDF). 

The written piece should be analytical in nature but does not necessarily have to 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.

Unfortunately due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed in January and interviews will be arranged during January.