Research Internships


**BOb internships considered by application to rebecca.powell@monash.edu**

The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb) Internship Program is run under Monash University’s Visiting Scholar Program. The Internship Program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Work in a dynamic global research centre
  • Contribute to scholarly and public policy debate
  • Develop valuable networks with fellow researchers from Australia and around the world.

We offer a collegial, dynamic and supportive learning and working environment, limiting each intake to three interns to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

Research topics and tasks

Interns have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic issues to work on including border policing and security, migration and mobility, border crossing, gender and human rights.

A program of work is designed in consultation with the BOb’s Management Team, based on the intern’s interests, experience and skills.

Specific project work may involve:

  • Preparing a briefing paper on a specific country
  • Drafting legal commentary and analysis
  • Assisting with preparing academic articles, conference papers, or a chapter for a research report
  • Convening academic and practitioner dialogue through roundtable discussions and seminars
  • Completing other research tasks, resource management and social media tasks as required.

Internship length

Interns are expected to participate in the program full time for 5 days per week for a 2 week period (10 working days).

Longer internships can also be negotiated, subject to our available resources at the time. Please contact us by email before submitting an application for a longer internship.


We accept applications from students who have completed are or currently enrolled in a:

  • Final year of an undergraduate degree with a major in Criminology (or cognate discipline)
  • Honours year in Criminology (or a cognate discipline)
  • PhD or Masters in Criminology (or cognate discipline)

Selection criteria

  • Enthusiasm to learn and contribute to a dynamic and collegial research environment
  • Relevant work experience or demonstrated interest in one of BOb’s Research Agenda areas
  • Academic results
  • Referee report

Application process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview to discuss their research interests and expectations for the program. Interviews will be conducted via telephone for interstate and international applicants.


Frequently asked questions

Q. I am not currently studying at a university, am I eligible to apply?

A. Yes, if you have completed an undergraduate, honours or postgraduate degree in Criminology or cognate discipline.

Q. Is the Internship Program open to students from other universities?

A. Yes. Students from other Australian and international universities are warmly encouraged to apply.

Q. Will I be paid for my time working as an intern?

A. No, internships are conducted on a voluntary basis.

Q. Are there any grants available for housing or living costs for interstate and international students?

A. Unfortunately at present the Observatory is unable to provide interns with reimbursement for their living costs. Please contact your home university in relation to any possible funding to assist you.

Q. I am not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, what visa should I apply for?

A. A Tourist Visa will not suffice for participation in this program. If you are aged between 18 and 30 years a Working Holiday Visa may be an option for you. This however is a one-off visa and may not be applied for again at a later date. This is important to keep in mind if you plan to travel and work in Australia again for a period of up to 12 months.  The following link will provide you with further details: http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/.

If you are not able to apply for this visa due to age or other restrictions please contact the Managing-Director at rebecca.powell@monash.edu and we will advise you on alternative visa arrangements.

Q. Where can I stay?

A. Monash University’s Clayton campus is located 20km from Melbourne’s CBD. There are various accommodation options close to Monash University’s Clayton campus:

Alternatively, interns may prefer to seek accommodation in the more vibrant inner-city suburbs nearby. The Clayton campus can be easily accessed by bus or train from the inner-city suburbs of Elwood, Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda, Toorak, Armadale, Malvern and Caulfield.

Q. What do previous Research Interns say about their experience?

A. You can read about the experiences of previous Research Interns here.