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Winter internships 2021

Grattan Institute is offering a number of internship positions over the 2021 winter period. 

Successful candidates will work in one of our six programs: Budget Policy and Institutional Reform, Energy and Climate, Health, Household Finances, School Education or Transport and Cities. 

Grattan Institute’s internships provide opportunities for tertiary students, graduates and professionals interested in public policy to develop their research skills and contribute to original work on some of Australia’s most pressing policy issues.

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

Date of internship 

The winter internship will take place between 28 June – 23 July 2021.

Mode of internship 

With the continuing uncertainty surrounding Covid, we envisage that the internship will continue to be delivered in a blended way including face to face and virtually. We are also prepared to offer the internship as a wholly virtual experience should this be necessary. 

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. You are welcome to specify which program interests you but applicants will be considered for all programs.

Funded places 

The internship is offered on a voluntary basis. For in-person internships, we cover the cost of interstate travel for those not residing in Melbourne but cannot cover the cost of international travel or accommodation. 

We are offering two funded places per internship for candidates experiencing financial hardship. These funded places are for candidates who can demonstrate they are from a low socio-economic background or are experiencing an unexpected event that is causing significant financial hardship.

Eligibility/selection criteria for funded places are:

  • A local applicant (an Australian citizen or permanent resident)
  • Demonstrate that you are from a low socio-economic background or experiencing an unexpected event that is causing you significant financial hardship

Application details 

Please apply through the SEEK Winter Internship Job in Melbourne – SEEK and address applications to Jasmine Malki. 

You will be required to submit:

– A one page resume and an unofficial academic transcript (please scan these together and upload under the ‘Resume’ section of your SEEK application); and

– A writing sample in the style of an opinion piece suitable for publication in a major Australian daily newspaper answering the question (500 word limit): “Should Australian governments subsidise the purchase of electric vehicles?” (Please upload the opinion piece in the ‘Cover letter’ section of your SEEK application).

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

Applications close at 11.59 pm AEST on Friday 30 April 2021.   

Next steps

Following the review of your initial application, shortlisted candidates will be invited to complete a 30 mins online analytical questionnaire. Those who successfully complete this, will be invited to an interview.

For further questions about this position please contact Jasmine Malki via jasmine.malki@grattan.edu.au 

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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. 

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Grattan Institute’s internships provide opportunities for tertiary, postgraduate students or 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. In response to COVID-19, we successfully run both virtual and blended internships in 2020 and 2021. At this stage, we are unable to say whether the internships in 2021/2022 will be run in person, virtually or blended but will keep this page updated.

Internships are on a voluntary basis. For in person internships, we cover the cost of interstate travel for those not residing in Melbourne but cannot cover the cost of international travel. We will offer 2 funded places per internship for candidates experiencing financial hardship. These funded places are for candidates who can demonstrate they are from a low socio-economic background or are experiencing an unexpected event that is causing significant financial hardship.

Eligibility/selection criteria for funded places are:

  • A local applicant (an Australian citizen or permanent resident)
  • Demonstrate that you are from a low socio-economic background or experiencing an unexpected event that is causing you significant financial hardship

Internship and applications dates

Grattan Institute offers three internships each year over winter and summer. In 2021/2022, we will offer the following internships:

  • Winter 2021: 28 June – 23 July 2021 (Applications open on Monday 12 April and will close at 11.59pm AEDT on Friday 30 April 2021)
  • Summer intake 1: 22 November – 17 December 2021 and summer intake 2: 10 January – 11 February 2022 (Applications for both intakes will open on Monday 2 August 2021 and will close at 11.59pm AEDT on Friday 20 August 2021)

Successful candidates will work in one of our six programs; 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 2021

Working days and hours

Working hours are flexible to accommodate other commitments. 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.

Written application requirements

Applicants will be expected to submit:

  • a one page resume;
  • an unofficial academic transcript;
  • a 500 word writing sample answering a public policy question which will be released when we open applications for the relevant 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 jasmine.malki@grattan.edu.au

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