Trade and investment internship

The United States Studies Centre (USSC) will be offering four positions in its Trade and Investment Program led by Dr Stephen Kirchner. The Trade and Investment Program is the USSC’s most recent research addition, and has already made a global impact with its work, including Indispensable Economic Partners: The US-Australia Investment Relationship, which had Treasurer Scott Morrison and Australian ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey hosting its dual Australian and American launches.

This internship is available to undergraduate and postgraduate students with skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Financial Analytics
  • Political Economy
  • Economic History

This program will provide students with experience in the real-world application of economics and economic data and the fast-paced environment of a research centre. Students will be engaged in work designed to address real-world problems and will have the opportunity to develop skills in research, analysis, writing and problem solving.

Students will not only enjoy the benefits the Centre offers — which includes access to exclusive events with major political figures such as John Howard, John McCain and Joe Biden — but also the ability to sit-in on briefing sessions with senior members of the private and public sector, such as country directors of major financial institutions and senior US and Australian government officials.

These prestigious internships will be offered for the total duration of 13 weeks for 1-2 days per week outside of the exam period and 1 days per week during the exam period of each semester.

Semester 1

Non-exam period: 12 March - 8 June
Exam period: 11-29 June

Semester 2

Non-exam period: 6 August - 2 November
Exam period: 5-23 November


Students from any year of any degree program may apply. However, in order of preference, students who fall into the following criteria will be considered more suitable:

  • Currently enrolled in a Master of Economics
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics or Economics major
  • Enrolled in a postgraduate program, or their 3rd or 4th year of an undergraduate program.
  • 70 WAM average
  • Excellent research and writing skills.

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, USSC6213 and/or USSC6205 in order to be accepted entry into this internship.

Applications for Semester 1 have now closed.

In order to apply for the Semester 2, 2018 intake, students must submit their CV and transcript by 16 July.

Apply now for Semester 2