Earthwatch is a global environmental charity aiming to create a society that lives in balance with nature by empowering people to save the natural world.  We're all about empowering people to take action in key areas where we can have the most impact: to keep ahead of climate change, save the reef and oceans, restore our iconic landscapes and protect our unique wildlife. Central to our approach is the use of citizen science, where people from all walks of life gather critical scientific data to generate environmental insights, inform future policy and motivate long-term behaviour change.  

Position Description

Reporting to: CDO
Hours: Minimum 80hours
Timeline: July – October, 1-2 days p. week (hours flexible, must be available during working hours)

The Public Affairs and Government Relations intern will be conducting research into the backgrounds and interests of newly elected Federal Members of Parliament and Senators, as well as into members of State Parliaments as required. The intern will also have the opportunity to support and contribute to targeted policy briefings and engagement with relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Successful applicant should have a strong interest in climate and environmental issues, and ideally be undertaking post-graduate studies in policy, politics or other relevant social sciences.

Applicant should have a demonstrated understanding of the role of social media and networking for public affairs and policy purposes, be well organised, and have the ability to structure and understand data.


The Public Affairs and Government Relations Intern will work face to face and remotely to conduct research, draft briefing documents and organise information on elected officials across the three tiers of Government.

  • Drafting policy briefings for use with different Public Affairs stakeholders;

  • Conducting research on elected officials, policy positions and constituency data;

  • Build and maintain a database for organising public affairs and Government relations information;

  • Conduct policy stakeholder analysis.


  • Analysis skills with high levels of attention to detail;

  • Ability to think logically and make lateral connections to information and opportunities;

  • Exceptional writing skills;

  • Familiarity with public information sources including ABS, AEC, Parliamentary services;

  • Courage.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to send us your CV and a short cover letter telling us why you’d be great in this placement to [email protected]. Please include the Internship position title in the subject line. If you intend to put this internship toward university credit, your application must include a letter of support from your unit chair which outlines any specific requirements or obligations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications for Intake 2 close 11:59pm Sunday 3rd July 2022. 

Earthwatch Australia is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, all genders, young people, LGBTQI people and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.