Volunteers and interns




CPD internsCPD invites the very best, bold, bright and active thinkers to join our team

The Centre for Policy Development seeks to combat the short-termism of the political cycle by producing creative and far-sighted ideas for a fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable Australia. CPD interns get to work on some of Australia’s long-term challenges, debate the issues, create innovative responses to them and help to communicate the findings.

We cannot promise that you’ll never have to file or run to the post office, but if you are ready to roll up your sleeves and get some real-world experience in your chosen field, CPD is a great place to start.

CPD has an extensive network of supporters, fellows, media contacts and corporate consultants and an internship at CPD provides great networking opportunities.


Our Current Interns

headshotMatthew Bowron joined the Centre for Policy Development as an intern looking to further develop his research skills and gain valuable, practical experience in the policymaking space. In 2013 Matthew completed a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Media and Politics from Macquarie University. The following year Matthew obtained a Master of Public Policy from the University of Sydney.

Matthew has a keen interest in climate change and the environment as well as issues related to social justice. He aims to make a substantial contribution to Australia’s public debate in the long term.




Tim Herring joined CPD as an intern as a part of his Masters of Public Policy and Managements at the University of Melbourne. With subjects focusing on governance, public management and economic and trade policy, he hopes to gain insight into the world of policy development.

Complemented with undergraduate studies in finance and international studies, Tim has looked at matter relating to Australia in the Asia-Pacific region and the global economy. Recently he has completed an international public management unit in Birmingham in the United Kingdom with students from across the globe focusing on a variety of pressing public policy issues.




Angie Sassano is a student from the Australian Catholic University. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, doing a double major in politics and history.

Earlier this year, her essay on race relations in America was published on the website e-Internationals Relations.






Internship Application

Internships are available on a case-by-case basis depending on research project needs. As such, although applications are welcome at all times, not all applications will be successful.

Applications should be addressed to ‘Centre for Policy Development’ and sent via email to admin@cpd.org.au. The subject line must be ‘Internship Application for CPD’.

Please provide an attached CV. Further, the main body of the email must contain:

• 50 words or less commenting on a CPD research paper (all papers available here: http://cpd.org.au/category/publications/policy-papers/)

• 50 words or less outlining a policy issue that you are passionate about.

Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered. Please note that we are firm about applications adhering to the stated word limits.

Only successful candidates will be contacted.


Read about the CPD intern experience