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Energy Program Fellow

  • Influence the future of Australia’s energy policy
  • Attractive remuneration
  • Permanent ongoing role, flexible

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Join a think tank that is making a difference

Grattan Institute is a think tank founded in 2008 to provide independent, rigorous, and practical solutions to some of Australia’s most pressing policy problems. With substantial independent funding, an eminent Board of Directors, and a dynamic CEO, we are shaping the policy debate on many of the important challenges and opportunities facing Australia.

Grattan’s unique culture provides an opportunity to add significant value. You will be working with a small, curious, driven, and a supportive team motivated to make a difference. 

Working with our Energy Program Team

Based in Melbourne and reporting to the Energy Program Director, Tony Wood, this role is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Energy Program aiming to shape the debate on important policy challenges facing Australia’s energy sector, including climate change.

What this role will offer you

This is an ideal career step for a passionate and motivated individual looking to influence public policy in a meaningful organisation. This role offers a platform to influence the public debate on Australia’s energy and climate change policies.

You will be joining a great group of people who are intellectually curious, love their work, and are passionate about what they do. We foster a work culture where people are valued and appreciated. We enjoy each other’s company and come together often, almost daily in a virtual setting. Before COVID, we enjoyed a Monday soup lunch weekly as well as daily coffee catch-ups, which we are looking to resume in the new year. Our competitive spirit finds an outlet in table tennis tournaments, board game, and trivia nights.

This is a permanent, ongoing position. As part of our commitment to flexible working, we will consider a range of options for the successful applicant to fill the role.  All options can be discussed at the interview stage.

An attractive and flexible remuneration package will be offered to secure the right person for this role. In addition, we offer employee benefits including salary packaging, a book club, bike storage, fruit, and a well-stocked kitchen.

What we are looking for

You will have a minimum of six years of work experience in the public sector, industry, academia, and/or consulting. You will also have experience working in policy and with policy makers, and a good grasp of economics and finance.

You must have a deep understanding of the energy sector and related climate change issues (or true interest in specialising), and experience in contributing to policy debates.

You will have excellent communication, analytical and research capabilities, and thrive on complexity. You have strong people and project management skills, and you write and present information well for a broad audience. The ideal candidate will also be able to speak confidently and reliably with stakeholders and the media, and quickly develop a public profile.

How to apply

Please apply via the link below, including a cover letter and resume, by 5 pm AEDT Monday 4 January 2021. Please submit documents in PDF format where possible.

For more information or if you have any questions, please email Jasmine Malki, Head of People & Development, at

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Grattan Institute’s Intern Program

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Join Grattan as an intern


Grattan Institute’s internships provide opportunities for tertiary students and recent graduates interested in public policy to develop their research skills and contribute to original work on some of Australia’s most pressing policy issues. We also consider candidates who are interested in exploring a career change and are interested in gaining experience in public policy. Internships are open to local and international students. We cover the cost of interstate travel for those not residing in Melbourne but cannot cover the cost of international travel.

Internship and applications dates

Grattan Institute offers three internships each year over winter and summer. Internships are on a voluntary basis. Due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty surrounding this, we will not be proceeding with a winter internship in 2020.

In 2020/2021, we will offer two summer internships as follows:

  • Summer intake 1: 23 November – 18 December 2020 and summer intake 2: 11 January – 12 February 2021 (Applications for both intakes will open on Friday 28 August 2020 and will close on Monday 21 September 2020)


Successful candidates will work in one of our seven programs; Australian Perspectives, Budget Policy and Institutional Reform, Energy, Health, Household Finances, School Education or Transport and Cities programs. You are welcome to specify which program interests you but applicants will be considered for all programs.

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated interest in Australian public policy
  • Clear communication skills
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills (social sciences, sciences, statistics, law, finance or economics) and familiarity with Excel
  • Have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree by the end of 2020

Working days and hours

Working hours are flexible to accommodate other commitments, and applicants able to intern at Grattan for an equivalent of three days or more a week (for a minimum total of 20 days) are encouraged to apply. 

Written application requirements

Applicants will be expected to submit:

  • a one page resume;
  • an unofficial academic transcript;
  • answers to a set of questions;
  • a 500 word writing sample answering a public policy question which will be released when we open applications for the relevant internship

The internships can be worked for a minimum of 3 days a week up to 5 days a week. Note that Grattan requires a minimum of 20 days for the duration of the internship.

Grattan Institute is an equal opportunity employer and applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

For further questions about our internship program, please contact Jasmine Malki on (03) 8344 0083 or at

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