China Matters offers three to four month internships to young Australians who are learning Mandarin and have an interest in Australia-China relations. Our internship program provides the opportunity to gain first-hand experience in a small, dynamic team that is focused on challenging and emerging issues in Australia-China relations.

For three days per week, our interns experience what it is like to be in a professional environment, building a range of skills in administration, event management and research, and receive mentorship from leading China expert, China Matters Founding Director Linda Jakobson. Please note the internship is unpaid.

Current Interns


Sunny Cao (January 2017-Present)

Sunny completed a Bachelor of International Studies with Distinction at the University of New South Wales in 2015, majoring in Asian Studies. He is currently completing a Masters in International Relations, also at UNSW, and has also studied at Korea University, where he represented Australia in the International Student Festival committee for two consecutive semesters. His interest in East Asia has led him to participate in many university clubs and societies, including the Australia-Chinese Youth Association (ACYA). Sunny also served as Secretary for two university clubs and has also volunteered at UNSW Global.

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Zoe Neill (January 2017-Present)

Zoe is a currently completing a Bachelor of International and Global Studies at the University of Sydney, with a double major in Government and International Relations and International Business. She is also completing a Diploma of Language studies majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies. In 2015, Zoe spent time studying Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing. Last year Zoe represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation CEO and Voices of the Future Summit in Lima, Perú. This year she will be a delegate for the China Australia Millennial Project.


Sophia Sun Zou (September 2016-Present)

Sophia is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) at the University of Sydney, with a triple major in Government & International Relations, Chinese Studies, and French Studies. She has also studied political science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, she is a Research Intern with the Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW. Previously, she has served as Junior Policy Associate at the China Studies Centre, and as a university representative for the School of Social and Political Sciences. Sophia also speaks fluent Mandarin, Cantonese, and French.

David Bovey Wang

David Bovey Wang (February 2017-Present)

David is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at the University of Sydney, with a double major in Chinese Studies and Philosophy. He has also studied at King’s College London, Peking University in Beijing, and Purdue University in the United States.

Past Interns

Oliver Young

Oliver Young (November 2016-February 2017)

Oliver has recently completed a Bachelor of International Studies degree from the University of NSW with a major in International Relations. His longstanding interest in China led him to undertake a year studying Chinese language at Fudan University, Shanghai. He has previously interned at the Australian Chamber of Commerce Shanghai and at the NSW Health China Desk, volunteered for the Australia China Youth Association and participated in the Australia Week in China and Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations delegations.

Jacinta Keast

Jacinta Keast (June-September 2016)

Jacinta interned with China Matters from June to September 2016. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies and International Business. Throughout 2017 Jacinta is on exchange at Peking University Beijing as a Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Scholar. Upon completion of her internship, Jacinta was offered a part-time Research Assistant role at China Matters which she held until departing for Beijing at the end of 2016. She is heavily involved in the Australia-China Youth Association (ACYA) and is the Young Australians in International Affairs China Fellow. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Spanish.


Michael Chi (June-September 2016)

Michael holds a Bachelor of International Studies with Honours in a major of Asian Studies from the University of New South Wales. He has studied on exchange at the American University and works as part of the start-up Horizon, which provides security and risk alerts on an online global dashboard. His research interests include East Asian security, Australia’s Asia-Pacific policy, and the policy implications of emerging technology.

Stella Jakobson

Stella Jakobson (March-April 2016)

In 2016 Stella is in her second year of a three-year Bachelor of Humanities in Civic Activities and Youth Work degree at Humak University of Applied Sciences. She has also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language at Beijing Language and Culture University. She speaks fluent Finnish, English and Mandarin.  


Louise Mao (January-April 2016)

Louise is a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) student at the University of New South Wales. In 2016, she will be conducting research for her Honours thesis on China’s ability to exercise influence in Southeast Asia through its economic resources and capabilities.

Amy Russell

Amy Russell (October-December 2015)

Amy is studying a Combined Bachelor of Laws & International Global Studies at the University of Sydney. In 2016, she will be heading to Fudan University in Shanghai to study Chinese political history and contemporary Chinese politics. In the future, she would like to undertake research on China’s environmental policy.