Great internship opportunities for students to work on short-term well-defined policy research projects. After a 2-3 week period interns will have demonstrable outputs to show for their efforts.  

Jordan Small
Executive Director, NZUS Council

The NZUS Council is looking for 2-3 interns to help with short-term research projects.

Working together with the Council’s Executive Director you will develop a specific and well-defined research project in one of our key policy areas. You will work largely remotely but will meet regularly either in person or via video call with the Council’s Executive Director and other Council members.

In most cases, after 2-3 weeks it is expected that an intern will have:

  • Researched recent writings on a key policy issue of significance to the NZ-US relationship
  • Drafted a brief white paper for publication by the NZUS Council via our website and any other appropriate channel.
  • Developed a communications plan for further distribution of the ideas and thinking identified in their white paper – this could involve identifying an interviewee for our podcast, pitching an expert to media, drafting op-eds etc.
  • Outlined and started planning for an event, such as a panel discussion (in person and/or virtually). This would include identifying NZ and US thinkers, industry bodies, and other organisations that should be involved.

This is a great opportunity for a student to work on a short-term, well-defined project and have some demonstrable outputs to show for their efforts.

Ideally candidates will have a background and/or interest in law, policy, politics or economics.  Strong writing and analytical skills are critical as well as an understanding of social media and the importance of communications.

Submit a CV/resume with brief covering letter or questions about the internships to: Jordan Small, [email protected]

These are unpaid internships. 

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