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AIC intern program and procedures for applicants

Unfortunately the intern program has been temporarily suspended, yet we are hoping to reinstate it again in the near future. Thank you for your interest and please continue to monitor the AIC website for updates.

The AIC offers a Research Intern Program for periods of up to four weeks working directly with senior staff.

During the year the AIC also considers ad hoc requests from higher education, justice and law enforcement agencies to allow students to complete a placement at the AIC.

Each application is considered on its merits, taking into account the ability of the AIC to provide appropriate supervision, costs to the AIC (if any) and that the student’s proposed work fits with the AIC’s research program.

What we offer

The AIC is offering students the opportunity to participate in the AIC Research Intern Program.

The AIC Research Intern Program will help to expand students’ professional skills and abilities. It will give Interns new challenges and help them to develop their potential, working under the direction and along-side senior AIC staff. Interns will also get an insight into how government and the Australian Public Service operate.

The Intern Program provides a wide range of opportunities for students to gain insight into the work of the AIC, as well as to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments.  An internship with the AIC may include opportunities to participate in a wide array of criminology research projects, including:

  • assisting with the design, conduct and analysis of research projects;
  • preparing literature reviews;
  • preparing reports and fact sheets;
  • updating a subject area on the AIC website; or
  • exposure to government processes and requirements in relation to criminological research.


Every year a limited number of places for internships are available in our Canberra office.
All the positions will be in Canberra. If you are offered an internship and you don’t live in Canberra, you’ll have to pay your own transportation and accommodation costs for the whole period. The AIC may provide an allowance to support costs incurred.

Who we’re looking for

The AIC Intern Program is aimed at undergraduates and PhD or Masters Students.
We’re looking for undergraduate students who are interested in working in the criminological research field. Our interns need to be enthusiastic and self-motivated, have integrity, and have strong analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
We’re looking for undergraduates in:

  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology;
  • or another relevant field,
  • preferably completed with honours (or in the process of completing)


To join the AIC Intern Program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • have no more than two semesters to complete in your undergraduate degree or have completed your undergraduate degree not more than three years before the program starts
  • supply us with evidence of your qualifications

Applicants from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds

The AIC also offers a designated Indigenous placement.  Students and criminal justice professionals/ practitioners from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The Indigenous internship will operate in the same way as all other internships.

Preparing your application

You must be able to meet the eligibility criteria if you wish to be considered for an internship.

Placements will be negotiated at various times through-out the following calendar year.
The aim of the application process is for you to provide us with the information to determine whether you have the skills, knowledge and attributes that would add value to the AIC and would enable you to benefit from an Internship Program. 
You must in include the following documents for your application to be considered:

  • your resume or curriculum vitae
  • completed AIC Internship Program Application form
  • authenticated academic transcript
  • names of two referees, and
  • covering letter (300-500 words) detailing your motivation and expectations in applying for an AIC internship. 

Make sure you include your:

  • contact details
  • career objective
  • employment history: all relevant work history, including volunteering and work experience
  • the name of your current employer
  • education qualifications, the name of the institution where you studied, course title and date completed
  • any publications
  • any special achievements, such as community work, volunteering or a sporting achievement
  • contact details for two referees – these may be people who have supervised your work (supervisor, teacher, coach) or people who have a good knowledge of your ability to do the job.

Where to submit

Applications can be submitted electronically or in hard copy.

Email to:

Or by post to:   Recruitment
Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT 2601

Hardcopy applications will not be acknowledged.
Successful applicants will be matched to available and appropriate work in one of the AIC’s research team in Canberra.

Selection of Interns

Once the application period closes all eligible applications are compiled and assessed by a selection panel. Selection for all employment opportunities in the Australian Public Service is based on merit.
Interviews may not be required for these positions. Candidates may be assessed solely on the basis of their application, referees’ comments and their academic record.

Successful candidates will be contacted about their availability and work preferences. Where possible the AIC will attempt to accommodate the preferences of interns but this may not always be possible.

As part of the application process a student should indicate the area of interest. The AIC will attempt to place students in areas that relate to their area of interest. Where possible the AIC will identify a short-term project that the student can focus on during the internship.

Further information

To find out more please see our Internship Information, which details eligibility and selection, as well as the terms and conditions of the program.

Contact person

If you have questions about the work of the interns contact: Dr Rick Brown telephone: 02 6260 9231 or email

If you have questions about the employment conditions or your application contact: Ms Penny Smyth, phone: 02 6260 9214 or email the recruitment email address .

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