Foreign policy, defence and strategy internship

The United States Studies Centre’s Alliance 21 Program hires interns who can work part-time for the first half of 2017. Interns conduct research and other activities under the direction of a Research Fellow, with a focus on one or more of the following areas: the Trump Administration’s foreign policy and relationship with Congress, developments in the US-Australia Alliance, Asia-Pacific strategy and defence and cybersecurity.

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

Applicants from any background will be considered. Unlike previous iterations of this internship, you are not required to be a student at the University of Sydney to complete an Alliance 21 Internship. You may be a strongly performing undergraduate student, a postgraduate student, or a candidate with no affiliation with the University of Sydney. Preference will be given to candidates who are familiar with US politics and foreign policy, have strong research and writing skills, and can independently manage research and administrative tasks. 

Interns who are successful at application will complete the internship under one of two models:

  • interns currently studying at the University of Sydney will be eligible for academic credit at the end of the internship provided they meet certain requirements, or 
  • interns from outside the University of Sydney will work on a voluntary basis with compensation for transport and meal expenses. Interns will normally be expected to work two days per week, with the potential for flexible work arrangements.

The US Studies Centre’s internship program enables candidates to work on pressing issues affecting Australia’s relationship with the United States. Interns can expect to benefit directly from exposure to some of Australia’s leading experts on foreign policy, national security and the United States. The internship program is an excellent way to develop relevant skills and experience for a career in Australian foreign and defence policy. As part of the program, Alliance 21 interns will work towards developing a piece of research for publication, either in the form of a policy paper, blog post or op-ed.


Applications for Semester 2, 2017 internships have now closed.