Contribute to impactful research

As an intern at the United States Studies Centre, you have the unique opportunity to contribute to ground-breaking research. Immerse yourself in projects that shape the dialogue on US-Australian relations, foreign policy, and global issues.

Blend learning with experience

Under the guidance of Senior Lecturer Dr Rodney Taveira, our student internship program seamlessly integrates academic knowledge with hands-on experience.

Undergraduate students complete USSC3703: US Studies Internship, and postgraduate students complete USSC6205: Internship Project.

Please note:
Do not enrol in USSC3703 or USSC6205 prior to being offered an internship placement. Your internship placement, and subsequent enrolment in USSC3703 or USSC6205, will only be offered to you following a successful recruitment process.

If you are interested in applying for our undergraduate internship program, but don't meet the pre-requisites for USSC3703: US Studies Internship you may be eligible for an enrolment exception request. More information about this process can be found here.

Note: Cross-institutional study is considered on a case-by-case basis. Apply separately through the cross-institutional admissions process. For undergraduate cross-institutional admissions, click here. For postgraduate cross-institutional admissions, click here.

Student internship program details

Our student internship program is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the professional world.

Here are the key details:

Work placement hours
Completion of 140 hours

Two days a week

10 weeks

Academic coordinator
Dr Rodney Taveira will guide and mentor you, ensuring a productive integration of academic knowledge and practical experience.

Team leader
Your assigned team leader within the research team will offer hands-on support, helping you navigate and excel in your specific role.

USSC student internship scholarships

We are thrilled to introduce the inaugural round of USSC Student Internship Scholarships. This exclusive opportunity is designed to recognise and support the academic and professional work of our student interns.


The scholarship funds will be equally distributed among successful internship applicants.

Onboarding and training

We understand the transition from university to a professional think tank setting can be a unique journey. Therefore, we are committed to providing a thorough onboarding process and training regimen. We'll equip you with the skills and insights needed to navigate the nuances of the professional world, highlighting the differences between university and the dynamic environment of think tanks.

Success at the United States Studies Centre

Success is not just about what you know; it's about how you present yourself. Embody professionalism and watch as your confidence and impact grow. You’re not just an intern; you’re a professional in training.

Working at the USSC

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney values diversity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all backgrounds, fostering a culture where everyone can thrive. We are also committed to cultivating a safe, and respectful work environment that supports positive mental health and well-being.

We're also dedicated to improving accessibility in our hiring processes, including student internships. If you require support or reasonable adjustments, contact

Applications are now open for Semester 2, 2024. You will be required to submit a cover letter, CV and academic transcript.

Applications will close at 11:59pm AEST on Wednesday, 3 July 2024. Please apply here.

Position description
The position description can be found below. Please read this document carefully and address the requirements in your cover letter.

DownloadUSSC Student Internship Position Description

Meet our interns

Meet our faculty

USSC lecturers are some of the highest-rated on campus. With expertise spanning US politics, culture and foreign policy, our academic team will help you add a global perspective to your degree.


The United States Studies Centre’s research programs provide high-quality analysis and distinct perspectives on trends shaping the national interests of the United States and Australia.

International opportunities

Join us at the United States Studies Centre's Study Abroad program and envision yourself studying in the US! Break boundaries, embrace adventure, and create unforgettable memories with us!