Internship Program

Internship Program


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Perth USAsia Centre runs a prestigious and high-quality Internship Program for university students and recent graduates with experience in, or a passion for: international relations; communications; economics; business and trade; Asian studies; and/or international law.

The program offers valuable work experience in a fast-paced environment devoted to public policy research and analysis, stakeholder engagement, events and digital media. Interns work alongside leading policy experts, researchers and communications professionals, and assist the Centre with executing its strategic objectives.

Further information on Eligibility, Program Dates, Applications and FAQs is available below.


APPLICATIONS OPEN

The Perth USAsia Centre is accepting internship applications from Perth-based students and new graduates for Semester 1, 2023.

For more information on how to apply see the Applications section below.


intake periods 2023

The Internship Program has four intake periods per year.
  • Summer Break
2 Days/Week
6 weeks
16 Jan – 24 Feb
  • Semester 1
1 Day/Week
12 weeks
27 Feb – 19 May
  • Winter Break
2 Days/Week
5 weeks
19 Jun – 21 July
  • Semester 2
1 Day/WeekC12 weeks 24 July – 13 Oct
  
Research Officer Gemma King reflects on her internship experience at the Perth USAsia Centre.
 

Eligibility

The Internship Program is available to students currently enrolled at a tertiary institution, as well as university graduates for up to one year after course completion.

Internships are completed at the Perth USAsia Centre office, located at The University of Western Australia. There are periodically opportunities to undertake a Canberra-based internship. 

Successful applicants must be available for the required number of days per week in line with their chosen intake period. Interns may also be asked to assist with Centre activities outside of normal business hours (9am to 5pm) from time to time.  

The Internship Program is principally not-for-credit, however, interns may receive academic credit where appropriate administrative arrangements are in place.

Upon satisfactory completion, interns will receive a professional reference and a letter of recommendation. 

COVID-19

Interns must comply with COVID-19 health and safety measures, in line with the current applicable rules set by both the WA State Goverment and The University of Western Australia. Interns are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to commencing their internship.

Program Dates

SUMMER BREAK 2023 : MONDAY 16 JANUARY – FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Applications open Monday 26 September 2022
Applications close Friday 4 November 2022
Interviews to be held Week of Monday 5 December 2022

SEMESTER 1 2023 : MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 19 MAY

Applications open Monday 28 November 2022
Applications close Friday 6 January 2023
Interviews to be held Week of Monday 30 January 2023

WINTER BREAK 2023 : MONDAY 19 JUNE – FRIDAY 21 JULY

Applications open Monday 20 March 2023
Applications close Friday 21 April 2023
Interviews to be held Week of Monday 22 May 2023

SEMESTER 2 2023 : MONDAY 24 JULY – FRIDAY 13 OCTOBER

Applications open Monday 1 May 2023
Applications close Friday 16 June 2023
Interviews to be held Week of Monday 3 July 2023   

Applications

The Perth USAsia Centre is accepting internship applications from Perth-based students and graduates for Semester 1, 2023.

Eligible students and graduates can apply for an internship by submitting the required materials to internship@perthusasia.edu.au during the application period (see 'Program Dates' above). Applicants must specify either “Research Internship Application-Perth” or “Research Internship Application-Canberra” in the subject line of their email. 

Helpful information on addressing selection criteria can be found here.

The application period closes Friday 6 January 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the Internship Program paid?
A. No. Internships are undertaken on a voluntary basis for work experience and/or academic credit.

Q. What is the difference between the Research Internship and the Communications Internship?
A. While the Centre aims to provide a consistent and well-rounded experience to all interns, the specific tasks undertaken by interns may vary across intake periods in accordance with the particular projects and events in the Centre's pipeline throughout the year.

Q. Will COVID-19 impact my internship?
A. Interns are required to comply with COVID-19 health and safety measures, in line with the current applicable rules set by both the WA State Goverment and The University of Western Australia. Interns are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to commencing their internship.

Q. How will my application be assessed?
A. Applicants are principally assessed on their Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria. Helpful information on addressing selection criteria can be found here.
In addition to academic study - skills and experience acquired through hospitality, retail and/or manual work will be considered.

Q. What time commitment is required of interns?
A. Interns must be available for the required number of days per week, in line with their chosen intake period, and may be asked to assist with Centre activities outside of normal business hours (9am to 5pm) from time to time. Specific day/s per week will be negotiated prior to commencement and flexible work options can be arranged.

Interns will gain the equivalent of approximately 12 days of experience over the course of the program.

Q. Can I receive academic credit for my internship?
A. Yes. Although the Internship Program is principally not-for-credit, interns may receive credit where appropriate administrative arrangements are in place.

Enquiries

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For further enquiries regarding the Internship Program, please contact internship@perthusasia.edu.au.

“I highly recommend interning at the Perth USAsia Centre.
As a Communications Intern I was given opportunities to advance my skills in writing media releases, social media management, stakeholder and media relations and other communications-related tasks. The staff were very helpful and I enjoyed learning more about the communications industry and how I can further my career in the field.”

RIGHT: Emily Scott pictured with Amy Papasergio at Parliament House.