The CPD Intern experience


CPD is a small think tank with limited resources. The contribution of interns and volunteers to making our work possible is always appreciated. Because we value the time and energy of our volunteers, we want to make their experience with the CPD as rewarding as possible.

To help us do this, we need to match the skills and interests of potential volunteers with the work that needs to be done. If you are interested in being a CPD Intern, Semester Two applications open in May.

Adrian MarchAdrian March – Intern 2012 and Editorial Assistant 2013

After completing his Honours thesis on the creation of international organisations in the Asia-Pacific, Adrian applied to CPD to get hands on experience in a policy-making environment. Adrian provided assistance across the CPD’s research areas, briefed the CPD’s Executive Director for media appearances and assisted with editing Pushing Our Luck – CPD’s then upcoming book. After completing his internship Adrian was offered a paid position as Editorial Assistant on Pushing Our Luck and was credited as an Associate Editor on the front cover. Adrian is now co-editing a book on former Australian foreign ministers.

Ben ClarkBen Clark – Communications Intern 2013

Ben has an Honours degree in Brain, Behaviour and Evolution. He sought an internship at CPD to gain experience in communications and media before starting a career in science communications. CPD has enabled Ben to apply his science background to communications on subjects like agriculture, marine economy, and renewable energy. His time here has also provided exposure to debates about government, human rights, and the policy making process. Ben has helped to produce media releases and promote CPD’s publications. He has assisted with the organisation of events, expanded his own networks in the Australian media landscape and become an integral part of CPD’s social networking and web production team.

Sophie GreenSophie Green – Finance & Admin Intern 2013

Following a degree in Economics and an honours thesis in international development of women’s education, Sophie applied for a CPD internship to practice her policy-making skills and make headway in her quest to work on international development projects. CPD taught Sophie how to successfully find and secure grant money herself through an internship in our finance and administration program. After four months, Sophie secured a position at the Australian Council for International Development in Canberra as a full-time administrative assistant and support researcher.

Darren LowDarren Low – Finance and Admin Intern 2013

Darren, a 3rd-year Business and Finance student at UTS, is the architect of CPD’s 2014 internship program. Darren approached CPD to get hands-on experience with organisational performance and efficiency and was asked to help develop and implement a formal CPD internship program. A project with massive scope: Darren interviewed staff and stakeholders to match CPD’s project priorities with curriculum requirements for the coming year; developed position descriptions for each internship; crafted the advertising and marketing materials; and helped to develop the induction and HR frameworks that will support internships at CPD. Darren is now in his last semester of study and has accepted an internship at State Street in their Investment Analysis department.

Chloe HicksChloe Hicks – Sustainable Economy Program Intern 2012

Chloe came to CPD looking to gain practical experience in evidence-based policy development while completing a postgraduate degree in policy studies. Chloe conducted research into the growth of Australia’s photovoltaic (solar electric) industry and its impacts on household electricity bills, supervised by Laura Eadie, CPD’s Sustainable Economy Program Research Director. Not only was Chloe credited for her research assistance on CPD’s ‘Going Solar: Renewing Australia’s Electricity Options’ report, she also gained academic credit with a high distinction grade for the internship. Chloe’s experience at CPD gave her the skills to analyse emerging policy areas in an efficient and rigorous manner. This ability has proved invaluable in her first full time position working as a Policy Officer for the NSW Government.

John Ryall – Public Service Research Program Intern 2011-2012

In the final semester of his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at UTS, John received a project placement at CPD to get in-field experience with research projects and policy-making. Interning for CPD’s Public Services Research Program required John to analyse, interpret and frame complex arguments for specific target audiences. He researched and drafted sections for one of CPD’s reports, and assisted with background research on other aspects of the Public Services Program. Our Policy Lunches taught him the importance of being informed in any debate and helped with his advocacy skills. John received a Distinction for his placement subject and was subsequently offered a full-time role with the Community and Public Sector Union.

Sustainable economy intern program 2013

The generous support of the Hamer Family Fund enabled CPD to establish an internship program, to train early career researchers in policy research, development and communication, and to add to the capacity of our Sustainable Economy program. The formal internship program, allows us to: a) attract the highest possible calibre of volunteers through a formal, competitive internship application process; b) provide high-quality induction and training to those volunteers to enable them to make the most of what they learn during their time at CPD in their future careers.
Supervision and training is provided by research Director of CPD’s Sustainable economy program Laura Eadie. 2013 Sustainable Economy interns were: Penney Wood, Louise Stanley and Richard Northcott

Penney WoodLouise StanleyRichard Northcott