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Internship – Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program

The Lowy Institute Diplomacy and Public Opinion program is looking for an intern to support research for the 2020 Lowy Institute Poll. 

About the project: 

The Lowy Institute Poll is the leading tracking survey on Australian attitudes to the world. Over the past fifteen years, the Lowy Institute Poll has uncovered significant changes in public opinion about climate change, China, our alliance with the United States, Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The Poll is read widely across government and the private sector, and receives significant domestic and international media coverage.

About the candidate: 

The intern will be responsible for research on Asia-Pacific foreign policy issues and public opinion to contribute to the 2020 Lowy Institute Poll.  The successful candidate will likely be in the final year of social science degree and have a background in government or international relations. An interest or language ability from Southeast Asia, North Asia or South Asia would be an advantage.

The internship will be part-time for four months from December 2019. A daily stipend will be provided to cover transport and lunch expenses. 

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your skills, work experience and suitability for the role to nkassam@lowyinstitute.org by 22 November 2019 with the subject ‘Poll Intern Application – NAME’.


Internship – Asian Power and Diplomacy Program

The Lowy Institute Asian Power and Diplomacy program is looking for an intern to support research and data collection for the 2020 update of the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index. 

About the project: 

The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index, first launched in 2018, represents the largest comparative assessment of power in the region ever undertaken. The project evaluates 25 countries and territories in terms of their military capability and defence networks, economic resources and relationships, diplomatic and cultural influence, and resilience and future resources. The digital platform for the Index serves as an analytical tool for sharpening the debate on the regional balance of power. Users can compare variations in performance within and between countries, adjust the principal weightings of the Index, and drill down into hundreds of unique data points. Annual editions of the Index track how the distribution of power in the region shifts over time. 

About the candidate: 

The intern will undertake a combination of primary and secondary data collection, data standardisation and fact-checking. The successful candidate will have an undergraduate degree, preferably in a social science discipline such as economics, and demonstrated experience in conducting research on Excel. The selected candidate will be numerate, detail oriented and methodical, and work well in small team. Furthermore, they will have experience collating and managing large databases and have knowledge of major open-source databases. An interest in international relations and/or the AsiaPacific is helpful. 

The internship will be part-time for four to six months from November 2019. A daily stipend will be provided to cover transport and lunch expenses. 

Please send a CV and cover letter outlining your skills, work experience and suitability for the role to BBley@lowyinstitute.org by 15 November 2019 with the subject ‘API Intern Application – NAME’. Please note the deadline has been extended by two weeks.


The availability of internships depends on the capacity and needs of our staff. Openings will be advertised on this page as they arise. Please note we no longer accept rolling applications.

Our internship program aims to connect talented international policy students and professionals with our research staff and programs. You should be interested in contributing to Australian international policy, have excellent time management and administrative skills, think critically, write clearly, and capably manage independent research tasks. Typically you will be enrolled in, or have completed, the final year of undergraduate studies, honours or postgraduate studies. The internship program attracts a large number of outstanding candidates and is highly competitive. Our intern alumni include Rhodes scholars, diplomats, soldiers, journalists, and academics. If your application is successful you will work in our Sydney offices at 31 Bligh St on a voluntary basis, with a small stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses. Permission to work in Australia is essential.

For any queries, please contact interns@lowyinstitute.org.