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Resident Internships in Electoral Integrity

A limited number of resident internships are available for advanced level under-graduates and graduate students interested in research on issues of electoral integrity.  Interns will be part of the Electoral Integrity Project research team based in the Department of Government and international Relations at the University of Sydney.

1. Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Visiting the Department of Government and IR at the University of Sydney as a resident intern for a period of three to twelve months, with arrival ideally coinciding with the starting dates of the 1st semester in 2016 (see http://sydney.edu.au/about/dates/). 
  • Writing a research paper, on a topic relating to electoral integrity, designed to be posted as a working paper on the project website and as a blog post; 
  • Participating in regular events and activities such as the weekly research seminars and business meetings with the EIP project and colloquium talks with the Department of Government and international Relations at the University of Sydney;
  • Working up to 20 hours per week on project-related research, including data collection, project administration, publication editing, and event coordination, under the direction of the Project Manager, Dr. Alessandro Nai, and Research Associate, Dr. Ferran Martínez i Coma.
  • Remuneration is offered of AUD$1,000 per month as well as reimbursement up to AUD $2,000 of a round-trip economy flight to Sydney; 
  • The remuneration is designed to defray the partial costs of local rental accommodation, due to the period of residency in Sydney, and it should be understood that supplementary funds would be needed to support the visit. The costs of accommodation in Sydney are relatively expensive, compared with many global cities, and applicants are advised to check local rental costs. 
  • Internet, computer and library facilities and shared office accommodation will be available with the project research team and visiting fellows based in the Department of Government and international Relations.
  • The university will arrange an Australian work visa for non-Australian nationals.

2. Essential Skills and Qualifications

  • Applicants should hold an undergraduate or graduate degree in Political Science or a related field and interest in comparative politics; 
  • It would be highly advantageous for applicants to demonstrate statistical, computing, and linguistic skills. 

3. Applications

Applicants should provide the following details

    • Your full contact details;
    • Which semester(s) and year you wish to visit; 
    • A short proposal for a new research paper relevant to the electoral integrity project; 
    • A Curriculum Vitae, highlighting any experience and skills relating to the proposal; 
    • The names and contact details of two referees.

Applications now closed. 

Any queries should be sent to Lisa Fennis, Project Coordinator at: electoralintegrity@gmail.com. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.  

The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.