PKUASC Internship Program

ACYA – Peking University Australian Studies Centre Internship Program


The Peking University Australian Studies Centre is an academic institute for the study of Australian history, politics, international relations, economics, society, culture, literature and language. The objective of the Centre is to strengthen the Australia-China relationship through advancing Australian Studies at Peking University and throughout China. To this end, the Centre hosts the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, administers Australian Studies courses at PKU, organises Australia-China conferences and roundtables, and operates this Internship Program.

An essential part of the missions of both the Australian Studies Centre and ACYA is to encourage the next generation of Chinese students to develop an interest in Australia as a country and as a subject of academic inquiry, as well as to support the endeavours of young Australians studying and working in China. Established in early 2013, the Program is a unique internship that enables Australian and Chinese students to gain valuable practical academic experience working at the forefront of Australia-China relations at the Australian Studies Centre on campus at Peking University in Beijing. For more information about the Centre please visit the Centre website (

About the Internship

Interns are provided with the opportunity to pursue an Australia-China research project of their own design under the supervision of the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies Professor Greg McCarthy. Professor McCarthy holds a Personal Chair of Australian Politics at the University of Western Australia. His main research interests and extensive publications are on Australian politics and political culture. His research focuses on transitional change within and between nations, exploring how material, cultural and political forces create instability and how nations, institutions and people adapt to uncertainty.

Other duties of interns may include:

  • Managing the social media presence of the Centre
  • Writing news and blog content for the Centre website (
  • Planning and running the annual keynote academic conference
  • Organising roundtable events for Australian and Chinese students and academics in Beijing
  • Assisting the Chair with the implementation of the Australian Studies academic curriculum at Peking University.

The duration of an internship will be approximately three months during the Chinese academic semester. These dates can be changed to accommodate the candidate’s circumstances. Interns are expected to make a commitment of three days per week, with one day at the Centre itself and two days on the research project.

The internship is aimed at those already or about to be based in Beijing, as the Centre is unable to provide visa assistance. Interns will receive an honorarium of $500 AUD per month.

Selection Criteria

  • Currently studying or recently graduated from a tertiary degree;
  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of Australia-China relations or some aspect thereof;
  • Ability to conduct research independently and work with academics and other interns on ad-hoc projects;
  • Reliable organisational skills;
  • Excellent English language competency; and,
  • Chinese language ability not necessary but an advantage.

How to Apply

Applications have closed for 2016. Please see more details through to apply for the 2017 and 2018 internships.


Click here to read more about the Internship Program at the Centre.

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