Internship Program

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The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security offers the opportunity for Australian university students to undertake voluntary six-week internships on a self-funded basis throughout the year. The Centre seeks people with the skills, education, knowledge and abilities to undertake complex research projects to advance change and innovation in health security policy and practice. Applicants should possess relevant qualifications and background, and be applying under an existing university program for course credit.

The Program

Internships generally run for six weeks. Under the guidance of a supervisor in the Centre, interns will undertake a research project with a theme proposed by the Centre and refined in collaboration with the student and their institution. Projects range from impact analysis, scoping papers on the regional and global health security landscape, case studies, and other working documents of assistance to the centre’s program design. An indicative list of possible research projects is attached below, with applicants welcome to propose a different topic. Interns will also be involved in the day to day work of the Centre. This may include attending briefings on current health issues in the region, liaising with Australia’s Embassies and High Commissions, and working closely with our government, research and civil society partners.

Who we are looking for

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in the Indo-Pacific region in infectious disease detection, prevention and response. Candidates must be capable of undertaking independent research and working under limited direction.

Suitable university degree programs include:

  • Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacy or medical research/technology, with a focus on research and development
  • Development Studies, with a focus on health
  • Indo-Pacific regional studies, with a focus on development or health


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen;
  • Be currently enrolled in a university program;
  • Have arranged to receive course credit for their internship;
  • Students on research degrees must provide a letter acknowledging the support of their supervisor, and coverage by their university's insurance for duration of the internship;
  • Show a good academic record, with excellent English expression and writing skills;
  • Strong preference will be given to applicants with field or workplace experience;
  • Pass a police check, unless you hold a current Australian Government security clearance; and
  • Be able to undertake the whole internship in Canberra.


Self-funded and voluntary

  • The Centre is not able to provide financial assistance to successful applicants. You are responsible for your own travel, accommodation, insurance and visa arrangements as necessary. Some projects may require travel within Australia or to the region, which will be funded by the Centre where required.


Dates and how to apply

There is no cut-off date for applications; these are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, however intakes usually take place in February and June/July. To apply, students must submit the following documents to chs [at], with the subject line of their email stating ‘Internship Program application – 2022’:

  • CV or resume, including one academic referee
  • Current University transcript (from the last six months)
  • A one page cover letter addressing:

- preferred research project and

- suitability for the chosen project

- intake date preference (February or June/July)

- Evidence that they meet the eligibility requirements outlined above

- A satisfactory police check only needs to be completed by successful applicants.