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Internship: Industry, Science and Education

Industry, Science and Education Internship

The objective of the Industry, Science and Education Branch of the Embassy of Australia in Washington, DC is to increase Australia’s collaboration and engagement with the United States (US) and Canada and to promote Australia as a source of high quality science, innovation, education and research.

Applicants must either be a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident (greencard holder) or hold a visa in the 'A' classification.  Under United States immigration law, any other class of visa (including 'E', 'F', and 'J') is not compatible with working for a foreign mission. An Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) is sufficient only if the bearer also holds a derivative 'A' visa.

The Branch focuses on the following areas:

  • Government-to-government dialogue: Australia and North America share many similar policy challenges. The Branch facilitates policy dialogue between the Government of Australia and the Governments of the US and Canada as a means to share best practices and lessons learnt for future policy development and encourage future collaboration.
  • Science and technology, innovation and education policy research and analysis: The office monitors and analyses policy and regulatory developments in the US and Canada across education, science and technology, and industry (including the energy and resources sector), reporting its findings to the Australian Government and key stakeholders.
  • Promoting the quality of Australian education, science and research capabilities:  The office engages with education and research institutions to promote Australian capabilities, encourage collaboration and increase academic and research mobility between Australia and the US.

    The Industry, Science and Education Branch is currently seeking a full-time intern (37.5 hours/week) to begin work in early-to-mid-June 2017. The internship will last approximately 10 weeks with the possibility of extending, and comes with a $1000 monthly stipend. Start and end dates are somewhat flexible. Outstanding part-time candidates will also be considered (for a pro-rated stipend).

Summary of Duties

  • The intern will assist with:

  • researching, monitoring, and reporting on US and Canadian higher education, science and technology policy;
  • attending and reporting on higher education, science and technology events;
  • supporting high-profile visits and events hosted at the Embassy; and
  • administrative work (e.g. database management, scheduling support, etc.).

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will:
• Have knowledge of and personal interest in science, research, innovation and/or education policy

• Have completed at least two years of college/university
• Possess strong written and verbal communication skills
• Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team

Closing Date

Applications are due by Monday, 4 September at 17:00 (Washington, D.C. time).

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.


All applications must include the following:

Please send your application to: ed.scienceUS@dfat.gov.au

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.