Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Centre for Policy Development (CPD)
CPD is a small think tank with limited resources. The contribution of interns and volunteers to making our work possible is always appreciated.
Because we value the time and energy of our volunteers, we want to make their experience with the CPD as rewarding as possible. To help us do this, we need to match the skills and interests of potential volunteers with the work that needs to be done.
If you are interested in volunteering send us an email answering the following:
- Which of the following would you like to help out with?
- Editing, fundraising, publicity, web design, graphic design, event organising, research assistance, administration (or something else?)
- What relevant skills or experience do you have?
- How many hours or days a week are you available?
- When are you able to start and are you able to come in and work from the office?
- Are there any specific policy areas that you are interested in?
If there are tasks to be done that match your interests, we will get in touch and arrange a time for you to come in. Please make sure you include your name and contact details when you email us at admin(at)cpd.org.au
PO Box K3, Haymarket, Sydney, NSW, 1240 | 02 9043 6815 | contact(at)cpd.org.au
The CPD intern experience…
John Ryall – Public Service Research Program Intern 2011-2012
In the final semester of his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at UTS, John received a project placement at CPD to get in-field experience with research projects and policy-making. Interning for CPD’s Public Services Research Program required John to analyse, interpret and frame complex arguments for specific target audiences. He researched and drafted sections for one of CPD’s reports, and assisted with background research on other aspects of the Public Services Program. Our Policy Lunches taught him the importance of being informed in any debate and helped with his advocacy skills. John received a Distinction for his placement subject and was subsequently offered a full-time role with the Community and Public Sector Union.
Darren Low – Finance and Admin Intern 2013
Darren, a 3rd-year Business and Finance student at UTS, is the architect of CPD’s 2014 internship program. Darren approached CPD to get hands-on experience with organisational performance and efficiency and was asked to help develop and implement a formal CPD internship program. A project with massive scope: Darren interviewed staff and stakeholders to match CPD’s project priorities with curriculum requirements for the coming year; developed position descriptions for each internship; crafted the advertising and marketing materials; and helped to develop the induction and HR frameworks that will support internships at CPD. Darren is now in his last semester of study and has accepted an internship at State Street in their Investment Analysis department.
Chloe Hicks – Sustainable Economy Intern 2012
Chloe came to CPD looking to gain practical experience in evidence-based policy development while completing a postgraduate degree in policy studies. Chloe conducted research into the growth of Australia’s photovoltaic (solar electric) industry and its impacts on household electricity bills, supervised by Laura Eadie, CPD’s Sustainable Economy Program Research Director. Not only was Chloe credited for her research assistance on CPD’s ‘Going Solar: Renewing Australia’s Electricity Options’ report, she also gained academic credit with a high distinction grade for the internship. Chloe’s experience at CPD gave her the skills to analyse emerging policy areas in an efficient and rigorous manner. This ability has proved invaluable in her first full time position working as a Policy Officer for the NSW Government.