Foreign policy and defence internship

The United States Studies Centre’s Foreign Policy and Defence program is seeking research interns to work part time during Semester 1, 2022.

Interns will conduct research and other related tasks under the direction of a Research Fellow or Senior Fellow.

Master of International Relations student Rebecca Borys was a USSC research intern
“The internship was a fantastic opportunity to get insight into the day-to-day workings of a think tank. Getting involved with events and meetings helped me to build great connections, and working closely with policy experts was invaluable for developing my research skills. Interning helped put to practical use all the knowledge and skills from earlier courses.“ Rebecca Borys, Master of International Relations

Successful candidates will work in a collaborative team environment and benefit from exposure to some of Australia’s leading experts on the United States and Asian strategic issues. The research internship program is an excellent way to develop relevant skills and experience for a career in Australian foreign and defence policy, with direct intern involvement in Centre events, projects and research. As part of the program, interns will work towards developing a piece of research for publication, either in the form of a policy paper, blog post or other research product.

The internship program attracts a large number of applicants and is highly competitive. Several of the 2017 cohort of interns secured graduate positions in 2018 in the Australian Public Service, including in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Attorney-General’s Department.

Applicants from any background will be considered, however typically you will be enrolled in, or have recently completed Honours or Masters studies. The most competitive applicants will have strong research and writing skills, and the ability to independently manage research and administrative tasks.

Undergraduate students are required to complete (or have proof of commitment to complete) USSC3703 in order to be accepted entry into this internship.

Postgraduate students are required to complete (or have proof of commitment to complete) USSC6204, USSC6214 and/or USSC6205 in order to be accepted entry into this internship.

To apply, please using our internship application form here. You will be asked to provide a Cover Letter, CV and Academic Transcript.

Applications for Semester 1, 2022 will close at midnight on Friday, 4th of February, 2022.

Note: cross-institutional study will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you are applying from another institution, in addition to our application form, you also will need to apply seperately through the cross-institutional admissions process. You can apply for Undergraduate Cross-Institutional study here, and Postgraduate Cross-Institional study here.

If you have any additional questions or enquiries, please contact our Academic and Student Support Officer, Madelyne Cummings by emailing