China Matters offers 40-day 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 two or 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.

China Matters is now hiring interns. Apply here, by 23 March 2018.

Current Interns

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Julia Bergin (December 2017-Present)

Julia is completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Melbourne, with a double major in Politics/International Relations and Criminology. Her research interests include transnational issues, specifically unregulated people movement, and serious and organised crime. During her studies, she was named on the Dean’s Honours list and received a Melbourne Global Scholars award. She recently completed an internship at the national office of the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra, and the parliamentary press gallery with The Australian. She has also participated in ethnographic research delegations to Mexico City and South Africa. With a background in creative arts and travel, Julia has a broad passion for other cultures, with a keen interest in China.

Past Interns

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Edward Ongay (August 2017-January 2018)

Edward currently is in his third year of completing a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts at the University of New South Wales, with a triple major in International Business, Economics and Chinese Studies, and a minor in Asian Studies. Previously, Edward has tutored high school students in Economics, Business Studies, and Spanish and interned at SEO agency Online Marketing Gurus. He is fluent in Spanish, as he is originally from Argentina and moved to Australia in 2012.




Noah Vaz (August-December 2017)

Noah is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies. He has completed intensive language programmes at Beijing Language and Culture University and Fudan University as well as studied international politics abroad at Cambridge University and King's College, London. In 2017, Noah was awarded an international media fellowship by the Australia-Korea Foundation within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously, Noah worked in corporate communications and change management at the Westpac Group. He also has a keen interest in foreign languages and has studied Mandarin, French, Spanish and German.

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Louisa Bochner (May 2017-August 2017)

In 2016, Louisa completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies and Philosophy. She has completed two study abroad programmes at Fudan University in Shanghai, 2014 and 2015, and has also studied Middle Eastern Politics in Milan. In 2016, she was elected member to the University of Sydney's Student Representative Council, and was a finalist in the University of Sydney's division of the Hult Prize. She is the PR Manager and Digital Marketing Assistant at a Sydney-based online start up.

David Bovey Wang

David Bovey Wang (February-August 2017)

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.

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Zoe Neill (January-June 2017)

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. Zoe has spent time studying Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing and Spanish at the University of Alicante in Spain. Last year Zoe represented Australia at the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation CEO and Voices of the Future Summit in Lima, Perú. This year she was a delegate for the China Australia Millennial Project.


Sunny Cao (January-April 2017)

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.


Sophia Sun Zou (September 2016-March 2017)

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.

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.


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.