Internship Program

Internship Program


Internship program

The Perth USAsia Centre hosts 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.

Depending on their unique skills and interests, students can apply for either a Communications Internship or a Research Internship.

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

Please note, applications are currently closed. Check this page later for Summer Break internship dates.

intake periods 2022

The Internship Program has four intake periods per year.
  • Semester 1
1 Day/Week 28 Feb–27 May
  • Winter Break
2 Days/Week 20 Jun–22 Jul
  • Semester 2
1 Day/Week 25 Jul–21 Oct
  • Summer Break
2 Days/Week Jan–Feb (TBA)

  
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 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. These rules include checking-in using the SafeWA or ServiceWA apps, wearing a face mask indoors, practicing good personal hygeine and physical distancing. Interns are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to commencing their internship.

Program Dates

Semester 1 2022: MONDAY 28 FebRUARY – FRIDAY 27 May

Applications open Monday 29 November 
Applications close Friday 7 January
Interviews to be held Week commencing Monday 31 January

Winter Break 2022: MONDAY 20 JunE – FRIDAY 22 JulY

Applications open Monday 21 March
Applications close Friday 22 April
Interviews to be held Week commencing Monday 23 May

Semester 2 2022: MONDAY 25 JulY – FRIDAY 21 OctOBER

Applications open Monday 2 May
Applications close Friday 17 June
Interviews to be held Week commencing Monday 4 July

Summer Break 2023: Dates TBA

Applications

Applications are currently closed.

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 are asked to specify either “Research Internship Application” or “Communications Internship Application” in the subject line of their email. 

Helpful information on addressing selection criteria can be found here.

Applications submitted outside the application period will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q. What is the difference between the Research Internship and the Communications Internship?
A. Please refer to the Research and Communications positions descriptions above for specific details about each role.

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 and how?
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. These rules include checking-in using the SafeWA or ServiceWA apps, wearing a face mask indoors, practicing good personal hygeine and physical distancing. 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 are considered relevant. 

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

Follow the Perth USAsia Centre on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter for Internship Program updates.
 
Subscribe to the Perth USAsia Centre’s Mailing List to receive newsletters and stay in the loop for Upcoming Events.
 
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.