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Internship application process

Status: Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for the first intern intake of 2020.



  • 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 Australian citizens who have completed their studies within the last two years in a field relevant to ASPI’s research programs.
  • Applicants are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree. 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, 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.

Application and Employment Timing

  • Two intakes of interns are accepted each year; aligning with the first and second half of the year. Typically four interns are selected for each intake. 
  • Applications for the first intake will be accepted in October of the previous year. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in November. Successful applicants for the first annual intake will be employed from January to June the following year.
  • Applications for the second intake will be accepted in May each year. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in June and successful applicants for the second intake will be employed from July to December.

The NEXT INTERN INTAKE will be for the first half of 2020. Applications for this intake ARE CURRENTLY OPEN (scroll down). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in November. Successful interns for this intake will be employed from January to June 2020.

Please Note: Due to the volume of applications received we will only contact shortlisted applicants. We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.


  • Applications are assessed and shortlisted applicants will be contacted and interviewed.
  • Due to the large number of applications received, ASPI will not contact or provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants
  • Skype interviews are available for those who are unable to come to the ASPI office for a face to face interview.
  • Shortlisted applicants will also 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Updated: 11 Nov 2019