The CPD intern experience:
Adrian March – Intern 2012 and Editorial Assistant 2013
After completing his Honours thesis on the creation of international organisations in the Asia-Pacific, Adrian applied to CPD to get hands on experience in a policy-making environment. Adrian provided assistance across the CPD’s research areas, briefed the CPD’s Executive Director for media appearances and assisted with editing Pushing Our Luck – CPD’s then upcoming book. After completing his internship Adrian was offered a paid position as Editorial Assistant on Pushing Our Luck and was credited as an Associate Editor on the front cover. Adrian is now co-editing a book on former Australian foreign ministers.
Ben Clark – Communications Intern 2013-present
Ben has an Honours degree in Brain, Behaviour and Evolution. He sought an internship at CPD to gain experience in communications and media before starting a career in science communications. CPD has enabled Ben to apply his science background to communications on subjects like agriculture, marine economy, and renewable energy. His time here has also provided exposure to debates about government, human rights, and the policy making process. Ben has helped to produce media releases and promote CPD’s publications. He has assisted with the organisation of events, expanded his own networks in the Australian media landscape and become an integral part of CPD’s social networking and web production team.
Sophie Green – Finance & Admin Intern 2013
Following a degree in Economics and an honours thesis in international development of women’s education, Sophie applied for a CPD internship to practice her policy-making skills and make headway in her quest to work on international development projects. CPD taught Sophie how to successfully find and secure grant money herself through an internship in our finance and administration program. After four months, Sophie secured a position at the Australian Council for International Development in Canberra as a full-time administrative assistant and support researcher.
Sustainable economy intern program 2013
The generous support of the Hamer Family Fund has enabled CPD to establish an internship program, to train early career researchers in policy research, development and communication, and to add to the capacity of our Sustainable Economy program. The formal internship program, allows us to: a) attract the highest possible calibre of volunteers through a formal, competitive internship application process; b) provide high-quality induction and training to those volunteers to enable them to make the most of what they learn during their time at CPD in their future careers.
Supervision and training is provided by research director of CPD’s Sustainable economy program Laura Eadie.
Penney Wood is the Research Intern for the Sustainable economy marine program. Penney’s areas of expertise are scientific research and evidence-based policy development with honours specialising in animal behaviour and welfare.
She has previously worked in legal research consultancy and conservation advocacy and currently teaches sustainable and human rights law at Macquarie University. Penney is also a volunteer researcher specialising in animal welfare matters for the NSW Greens. She has qualifications in Biology, and public policy.
With an interest in creative forms of change-making she keeps her radar tuned to ideas and actions that will contribute to a brighter future. Louise’s research interests include community development, the contest of economic ideas and cities and citizenship. Louise has worked and volunteered in a number of community organisations and is currently working at the Australian Council of Social Service.
Richard Northcott is working on the Greening Australia’s land economy project, which will explore how to leverage Australia’s skills in innovation and stewardship to maintain a strong land-based economy. Richard completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney and went on to set up and manage sustainable farming operations in East Africa and biofuel distribution in the UK. Since then he has worked in energy services and renewable energy as both a consultant and business development manager. Having experienced first hand the positive effects that increased efficiency and more sustainable practices can have on agriculture, he will be working to promote the benefits of these strategies to relevant stakeholders and policy makers.
Kudos to the awesome volunteers and interns who help make good ideas matter, and many thanks to the volunteers and interns who have helped us along the way:
Zoe Anderson, Gavin Azar, Kevin Bathman, Reged Ahmed, Anna Bardsley, Jack Brady, Gemma Borgo-Caratti, Edwina Burns, Fiona Cameron, Christopher Carlisle, Sally Castle, Billy Coleman, Katreena Doherty, Leigh Ewbank, James Fehon, Peter Frank, Chris Gatfield, Imogen Halstead, Jennifer Hanson, Beth Hill, Trisca Kumar, Liam Jeal, Megan Lipworth, Richard L’Estrange, Andy MacKinlay, Dan MacKinlay, Kate Mason, Lina Mbirkou, Megan McCarthy, Catriona Menzies-Pike, Alana Mew, Sharon Moore, James Murray, Luke Ringland, Amelia Robertson, Barry Saunders, Christian Smyth, Gustaf Sorman-Nilsson, Lachlan Simpson, Johanna Schlosmacher, Beth Tasker, Peter Tyson, Grant Young, Jeff Waugh, Georgia White, Marisa Wikramanayake, Doug Wiles, Peter Worland, Natalie-Niamh Wright, Rob Harding-Smith, Anna Long, John Ryall, Greta Whyte, Mark Callender, Emma Nugent, Aude Perrine, Adam Ingle, Lauren Dawson, Robin Burton, Tim Buckley, Benjamin Clark, Raihana Haidary, Flordeliz Bonifacio, Luke McCann, Nicola Moore, Nicola Rhind, Julia Hosking and Kurt Willis.