Public Affairs 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, Economic and the Public Affairs Sections 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: Public Affairs Intern


The Public Affairs Section (PAS) staff works closely with other sections of the U.S. Mission and with many Australian organizations to foster bilateral understanding of U.S. policy and culture in the U.S. Consulate General Melbourne’s consular district of Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
PAS utilizes outreach programs, networking, traditional and social media and grants to connect with a large number of organizations and individuals over a range of areas including youth leadership, human rights, academia and the arts, culturally and linguistically-diverse (CALD) communities, sporting groups, NGOs and many others.


Under the supervision of the Cultural Affairs Specialist, Media Affairs Specialist or Public Affairs Assistant, the Public Affairs Intern will provide outreach and administrative support to Cultural and Media Affairs.
Duties will include assisting with university and high school outreach, event management, reporting, research, social media campaigns, regional trips, contact building and administration work, in addition to providing other support as required.

See detailed Position Description here

Qualification Requirements

  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


Semester 1: Must be able to work as a volunteer full-time (8.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday) from 20th March, 2017 – 26th May, 2017. Applicants should consider their Semester 1 workload when applying.


  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
  • Communications
  • 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.