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  • Locations: Canberra, Australia
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Program Description:


Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, this internship will not be running in Semester 2, 2020.


The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs is a world-leading centre for research, education and policy analysis in the international, political, societal, diplomatic and strategic affairs of Asia and the Pacific. As part of its commitment to a globally engaged curriculum and the development of ready practitioners, Bell School facilitates internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate coursework students. Internships for credit are designed to enhance a student’s program of study, but also to make a relevant contribution to the host institution (relevant government departments, think tanks, media outlets, NGOs.

Bell School and Thales Australia are offering a part-time internship for an undergraduate student in Semester 1, 2020. Thales is a leading global defence company with a presence in 56 countries and is one of the Australian Defence Force’s most trusted partners. Thales Australia has expertise in cyber security solutions, as well as protected mobility vehicles, naval support services and integrated communications solutions.

If selected for this opportunity, your daily duties will involve collecting, analysing and consolidating information from a range of publicly-available sources to meet the diverse needs of Thales’ public and private sector clients. Selected applicants will be provided with insight into the breadth of work conducted at Thales and within the defence industry by contributing to a variety of tasks that relate to different national security concerns. Successful interns will be able to draw out the most critical elements of complex issues and relate these insights in concise and clear reporting.

As part of the internship program, you will enrol in the six unit course ASIA2110: Asia Pacific Affairs Internship and work one day per week for 12 weeks at Thales Australia in Deakin, Canberra. You will work with an ANU academic supervisor and a workplace supervisor at Thales Australia and contribute to Thales business objectives, while completing a competency log of workplace skills and an individual research project.

Agreed workload and assessment will be designed no later than Week 2 of Semester, with the work placement commencing in Week 2 or 3 of Semester depending on individual student availability.  

Workload and assessment will include:
  • Weekly work tasks determined by Thales and an assessment of workplace performance;
  • Reflective writing assignments; and
  • An individual research project, including a research progress presentation and a 4,000-5,000 word research essay.

For further information on the Thales internship, the benefits of participating, the type of work you will be engaged with and application information please review the information booklet which can be found here: 2020 Internship QA - revised dates.pdf

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, you must be currently enrolled in an ANU undergraduate degree who have completed 96 units of study at the time of application. Preference will be given to students with a focus on security studies, international relations or war studies. 

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will be able to articulate how this opportunity will benefit their studies at ANU as well as how they personally will make a meaningful contribution to the workplace. Academic performance will also be taken into consideration.

Application Details

Applications open 20 December 2019 for the 2020 intake.  In order to apply for this opportunity, please complete the online application form by Monday 13 January, 2020.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in a short face to face interview in the week beginning Monday 3 February 2020 and the successful applicants will need to attend an induction in the first week of semester. 

The successful applicants will be notified by Monday 10 February, 2020.


CAP Student Centre
M Block Demountable (between Menzies Library and Centre for China in the World)
T: 6125 3207 

This program is currently not accepting applications.