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 bird motif & 'ideas'

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

We have two intakes per year in Sydney and Melbourne to coincide with academic semesters. Internships typically demand an investment of 100-150 hours; pay a small daily stipend to cover expenses; and are eligible for course credit at most universities.

2014 Internship Semester 2 Applications

All of our Semester 1 interns have decided to continue their research, finance and communications projects throughout Semester 2 and therefore places in our program are extremely limited until 2015.

Exceptional candidates who still wish to apply for an opportunity this year, read on!

  • Our research interns help develop policy ideas, perform extensive and substantive research and assist with framing, messaging and promotion of our findings. For research internships within our Sustainable Economy, Role of Government or Australia in the World programs, email your resume and the synopsis of the research project you would like to undertake, to admin@cpd.org.au with the subject line Research internships. Please include what you want to research, why it’s important and why you should be the one to do that work;
  • Finance and administration interns undertake cost analyses, conceive and implement new systems and procedures, produce reports and emerge with a deeper understanding of corporate governance and compliance. If you are interested in an internship in our Finance, Admin & IT program, please email your resume and a covering letter to admin@cpd.org.au with the subject line Finance/IT internships;
  • Communications interns create and manage transmission of our messages, from press releases to podcasts and video. If you have a passion for photography, videography or illustration and want to help CPD find innovative ways to get across ideas to change Australia, please email your resume, a covering letter and a link or samples of your work (less than 3MB) to admin@cpd.org.au with the subject line Communications internships.

NB, sorry, but only successful candidates can be contacted.

Read about the CPD intern experience