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Internship application process



  • You will need to demonstrate excellent academic results, strong research skills and be enthusiastic, motivated and able to adapt to the work environment quickly. 
  • ASPI’s research Internships are open to those who have completed their studies within the last two years in a field relevant to ASPI’s research programs.
  • You must either be an Australian Citizen or be residing in Australia with full working rights.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate degree by the end of December 2020.  While you do not need to have completed postgraduate studies, many, but not all, of our previous Interns have either completed, or have been in the process of completing, their postgraduate degrees. 
  • Applications from all disciplines are welcome.  Past Interns have had academic backgrounds in International Studies/Relations, Strategic Studies, Science, Mathematics, Arts and Law, amongst others. The ability to speak a foreign language, especially Mandarin is highly desirable.
  • ASPI promotes a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and values unique contributions of all people. The Institute strongly encourages women and people from diverse cultural backgrounds including applicants from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds to apply.

The Selection process

  • Your application will be assessed and only shortlisted applicants will be contacted and interviewed.
  • Due to the large number of applications received, ASPI will not contact all applicants, or provide feedback.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be required to prepare an original 500 word piece of analysis as part of the selection process.  Further details will be provided to shortlisted applicants.
  • A further short-listing will then take place and it is expected that these shortlisted candidates will be interviewed between 24-27 November 2020.  Skype interviews are available for those who are unable to come to the ASPI office for a face to face interview.
  • If you have not heard from ASPI by the end of November, please consider your application to be unsuccessful.
  • Referees will be contacted after interviews, only for those applicants who might be offered an Internship.

If you are successful

  • You will be contacted and offered a position as a Research Intern and will need to sign an employment contract.
  • You will be employed on a full-time basis in Canberra, commencing on 18 January 2021. Your internship will conclude on 9 July 2021.
  • It is likely that there will be a total of four Interns appointed.
  • The Internship program is seen as a development program and your period of employment will not extend beyond the Internship.
  • ASPI does not offer any assistance to Interns to travel or relocate to Canberra to commence work.
  • You will become a permanent member of ASPI’s Intern Alumni Association, which includes an ongoing relationship with ASPI and networking opportunities with previous ASPI Interns.


Please submit the following with your application:

  • a cover letter, maximum of two pages in length, outlining why you wish to be considered for the position and what qualities and expertise you can offer;
  • copy of your curriculum vitae;
  • copy of your academic transcript/s.

Application Status

  • Applications have now CLOSED for the first 2021 intern intake.


Updated: 06 Nov 2020