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Internship: Congressional Liaison

Congressional Liaison Internship

The Congressional Liaison Office is a small team responsible for the strategic management of the Embassy's engagement with the US Congress and for monitoring, analysing and providing advice on US political developments of interest to Australia.

The Congressional Liaison Office recruits one intern in the fall, summer and spring. Fall and spring interns usually complete three days per week and summer interns are usually full-time, however this is negotiable.  The internship is unpaid.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Applicants must have completed at least two years of university studies and be currently enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate studies. Applications will also be accepted from recent graduates from either undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Applicants for internships must be United States citizens, United States lawful permanent residents (Green Card holder) or possess a valid Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

It is recommended that candidates submit their internship applications as early as possible. Please be advised that your commencement date is contingent upon the successful completion of your background checks undertaken by the Embassy.

Summary of Duties

The intern will assist with research and projects related to US elections and political developments and congressional activities of relevance to Australia including, but not limited to, foreign and trade policy; assist with the Embassy's outreach to Congress; and perform general administrative duties, including database use.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will:

  • Have knowledge of and personal interest in US politics and elections and/or the US Congress
  • Have completed a minimum of two years of a recognised college degree
  • Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Have strong research and analytical skills
  • Have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Have experience using databases
  • Has the ability to show initiative


All applications must include the following:

Please send your application to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au

Alternatively, you can send a hard copy application to the following address:

Internship Coordinator
Congressional Liaison Office
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington DC 20036

Note: Due to the large volume of applications we are unable to respond to each applicant. If you have not been requested to attend an interview, please assume that your application has not been successful.