Australia Chair Internship Program

The CSIS Australia Chair is dedicated to building a robust policy research program in Washington, DC with a focus on American-Australian relations. The Chair conducts independent policy research on issues critical to the United States, Australia, and the Indo-Pacific more broadly; convenes public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Canberra; and broadens the reach and impact of the U.S.-Australia alliance as well as Australian ideas, influence, and capacity. Interns at the CSIS Australia Chair gain experience in policy research and writing, data collection, event planning, and social media content creation. We are looking for candidates who are motivated self-starters who have good research, writing, communication, and organization skills. The intern will be paid an hourly rate.

Essential duties and responsibilities

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following

  • Assist with ad hoc and long-term research projects and organize relevant information for the program’s various ongoing projects.
  • Draft memos, event summaries, and other materials for program staff.
  • Track events related to Australia’s current political climate and foreign policy.
  • Contribute to the program’s social media presence.
  • Provide support coordinating meetings, workshops, panels, and other events.
  • Have a positive attitude, outstanding communication/interpersonal skills, and ability to work with a team under tight deadlines.


Knowledge, education, and experience

  • Must be at least a college junior, a recent graduate, or a graduate student with a demonstrated interest in the U.S.-Australia alliance, Indo-Pacific affairs, Australian politics, alliance management, and democratic resilience.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Demonstrate strong writing, research, organizational, communication, time management, and interpersonal skills, and attention to detail; editing experience preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in the U.S.-Australia relations and the Indo-Pacific
  • Good social media (Twitter, Facebook & Instagram), Photoshop, Canva, and Excel skills preferred
  • Ability to work independently as well as closely with a team with a strong work ethic
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and multiple projects under tight deadlines


Fall 2023 Research Interns

Zachary Hill


Zachary Hill
M.A. in Security Policy Studies
George Washington University, 2023 




Melanie Kilby


Melanie Kilby
M.A. Candidate in Politics and Security, Southeast Asia
Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, Class of 2024 

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