Internship Program

Internship Program

Internship program

The Perth USAsia Centre hosts a prestigious and high-quality Internship Program for university students with experience in (or a passion for): international relations; communications; economics; business and trade; Asian studies; and/or international law. Please specify in the subject line which internship you are applying for.

The Internship Program runs 4 Intake Periods per year in line with the Western Australian University Calendars, with each Intern gaining ~12 Business Days’ Experience:
  • Semester 1 (1 Day/Week - Feb-May)
  • Winter Break (2 Days/Week - Jun-Jul)
  • Semester 2 (1 Day/Week - Jul-Oct)
  • Summer Break (2 Days/Week - Jan-Feb '22)
Interns must be available for the required days per week, with some flexibility, for the duration of the internship.


The Internship Program is available for students currently enrolled in a tertiary institution, as well as university graduates up to one year after course completion.
While the tertiary institution can be based outside of Perth, the Internship Program must be completed in the Perth USAsia Centre’s Offices at the University of Western Australia, Perth.
Interns must be able to commit to the standard Intake Period day(s)/week, and from time to time assist in Perth USAsia Centre events and activities before 9.00am and after 5:00pm. Specific day(s) per week are flexible, and hours can be managed.
The Internship Program is principally not-for-credit, and for-credit where administrative arrangements are in place.

Program Dates

Semester 1 2022: Monday 28 Feb - Friday 27 May
  • Applications open: week commencing Monday 29 November
  • Applications close: Friday 7 January
  • Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 7 February
Winter Break 2022: Monday 20 June – Friday 22  July
  • Applications open: week commencing Monday 21 March
  • Applications close: Friday 22rd April
  • Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 23 May
Semester Two 2022: Monday 25 July – Friday 21 October
  • Applications open: week commencing Monday 2nd May
  • Applications close:  Friday 17th June
  • Interviews to be held week commencing Monday 4th July


For eligible students, Applications for an Internship Position can be made during the Application Window by submitting:
  • Required: A Resume/CV
  • Required: A Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria
  • Optional: A Sample of Written Work.
Please submit Applications to with the Subject Line “Research Internship Application” or “Communications Internship Application” .
Applicants will be principally assessed on their Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria. Applicants who thoroughly address the Selection Criteria have a legitimate expectation of being invited to Interview.
For further information on Statements Addressing the Selection Criteria, please see here.
For an example of a Statement Addressing the Selection Criteria, please see here.
*Experience and skills acquired through hospitality, retail and/or manual work is relevant.

Intern Experience and Completion of Internship Program

The Internship Program offers students valuable experience in a fast-paced office environment - devoted to public policy research and analysis, stakeholder engagement, events-convening and relationship-building. Interns will both contribute to the Perth USAsia Centre’s execution of its strategic objectives, and benefit from engagement with and exposure to leading State, national and international policy experts.
For further information on the Internship Program experience, please see the relevant Position Description.
Interns will receive a professional reference and a reference letter upon completion of the Internship Program.
Further Information

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For queries or for further information regarding the Internship Program, please contact