Political and Economic Internship at U.S. Consulate General Melbourne

Background: The U.S. Consulate General Melbourne is looking for non-American undergraduate students to experience working alongside the Consulate’s American and Australian employees as they work on the day-to-day business, political, economic, media, and organizational issues of the United States and Australia . This program will run during the first semester with opportunities for internships within the Political and Economic Section of the Consulate.

Internships will provide students with a valuable educational and practical experience by assisting the U.S. Consulate General in accomplishing its mission goals.

In the long term, this program aims to establish, promote and maintain relationships between young Australians and Americans as each becomes leaders in their respective countries.

Title: Political/Economic Intern

The Political/Economic Section (POL/ECON) of the Consulate works closely with the Consul General and other sections of the U.S. Mission in Australia to foster bilateral understanding of a political and economic nature for and within both countries.
POL/ECON is responsible for meeting with key contacts and providing up to date reports on the current and developing economic and political situation in both Australia and the U.S.
Under the supervision of the Political/Economic Advisor, the Intern will provide reporting and administrative support to the Political/Economic and Executive sections of the Consulate. Duties will include assisting with research and reporting, scheduling, event management, database management, in addition to providing other administrative support as required.

See detailed Position Description here

Qualification Requirement

  1. Must be a non-U.S.citizen and have the right to work in Australia
  2. Must be over 18 years of age
  3. Must be returning to university studies after completion of the internship

Please note that all volunteers must successfully gain a security and medical clearance prior to commencement of the internship.


Must be able to work as a volunteer full time (08:00am – 05:00pm Monday to Friday). Requests for Part time (three days per week) internship will be considered too.

Semester 1: 20th March, 2017 – 26th May, 2017.

Semester 2:  20th August, 2017 – 27th October, 2017.


  1. The students should meet the eligibility criteria to enrol in ATS3129 Arts Internship unit (completed 96 CP and have a distinction average)
  2. Check with Arts Student services if you have room in your degree for this 12 CP unit.
  3. Undergraduate students from the following Areas of Study are eligible
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Politics

Application process:

Please include the following documents in your application:

Go to the Application form and submit your details and documentation.

Applications are due by Sunday 30th October 2016.

Shortlisted candidates shall be invited for an interview.