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Internships 2017

Applying for an internship with AIIA NSW



Ed Morris, Damian, Maneesha, Regan, Harrison, Karen, Rhys, Mitchell and Freya Zemek

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.

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 nswinternships@gmail.com (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.

Internship applications are welcomed during the following period:

1-31 December for Semester 1

1 May  – May 31  for Semester 2

Shortlisted applicants will be informed in June and interviews will be arranged during June/early July. Unfortunately due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.  

Inquiries: Ed Morris at nswinternships@gmail.com


Our present group of interns ( July  – December 2017)

Damian, Maneesha, Regan, Karen, Rhys and Mitchell

 Rhys Carvosso is studying Law/Arts at the University of Sydney

Karen Du is studying Arts (International Relations and US Studies) at the University of Sydney

Maneesha Gopalan is studying Law/International Studies at UNSW

Regan Ho is studying Arts (International Relations)/ Commerce at the University of Sydney

Damian Meduri is a final year International Studies/Development Studies student at UNSW. As a recipient of the Westpac Bicentennial Asian Exchange Scholarship, Damian spent a year abroad in Shanghai, China where he also undertook leadership roles in the Australian China Youth Association, which aims to foster the relationship between Australia and its Asian counterparts. Back home, he has also actively participated in initiatives such as Project Hope UNSW, in order to promote and assist the education of children living in rural parts of China. Damian also has a working proficiency of Mandarin Chinese which provides him with a deeper understanding of the Australia-China relationship.

Mitchell Travers recently finished studying Political, Economic and Social Science at the University of Sydney


Previous intern still assisting the intern program:

Harrison Howard is studying a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Relations) at Macquarie University. Harrison recently completed summer school at the London School of Economics, and has worked with World Vision and other NGO’s. Harrison has been heavily involved in extra-curricular activities at Macquarie University, including the Politics society, Student Representative Council and has written for University-affiliated publications. He also has a strong interest in Middle-east politics and security.