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 currently hiring new interns for commencement in April 2019. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Current Interns

Jessie Ding - Junior Fellow Intern(September 2018 - Present)

Jessie Ding is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in Asian Studies. In 2017, she was awarded a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant to complete a Chinese Politics, Business and International Diplomacy course at Shanghai Jiaotong University, and an intensive language program at the University of Sydney’s Suzhou campus. She also competed in the 2017 Atlantic Council Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge, providing policy recommendations for potential cybersecurity threats within the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she worked as paralegal in a boutique Sydney law firm. Jessie also has a keen interest in the evolving Australia-China discourse and global Sinophone literature.

Monica Jones - Junior Fellow Intern(November 2018 - Present)

Monica is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies and Political Economy. She has been studying the Chinese language for six years and speaks and reads Chinese fluently. She has undertaken in-country study at Fudan University. She was also awarded a New Colombo Plan scholarship and participated in a one-month field school in Suzhou and Shanghai, China. In 2018, Monica served as the treasurer of the Australia China Youth Association – University of Sydney chapter. She is also a volunteer at Toongabbie Legal Centre. Monica’s areas of interest include China’s culture, history, politics and economics.

Past Interns

Luke Gallen - Junior Fellow Intern(September 2018 - Present)

Luke is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of International Studies at Macquarie University, majoring in China studies. In 2018, Luke was competitively chosen to partake in the Global Leadership Program’s China symposium. He spent a month travelling across the country engaging with officials from AIIB, BRICS New Development Bank, AustCham Shanghai, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, UNDP and the Australian Embassy. Luke is currently a Social Justice Executive within the Macquarie University Law Society. In this role he organises and coordinates events, such as trivia nights, speaker forums and fundraiser BBQs, to raise money and awareness for local charities. He will also study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong next year.

Nicholas Burkett(April 2018-October 2018)

Nicholas was completing a Master of International Relations at the University of Sydney after completing a Bachelor of Security Studies at Macquarie University. In 2017, he undertook short-term study in India at the University of Delhi, St Xavier’s Kolkata and TISS Mumbai as part of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. In 2018, he completed an international school summer at Beijing’s Tsinghua University.

Where is he now? Nicholas now works at the Lowy Institute as a Research Assistant in the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program. 

Julie Zhu(April 2018-Present)

Julie was currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Law, majoring in Finance at the University of New South Wales. She will be studying China International Business and Economic Law at Tsinghua University this year. Previously, Julie has interned at the Bank of China Head Office in Beijing, conducting market research, assisting with publications and completing translations.

Where is she now? Julie is currently a Paralegal in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions team at Norton Rose Fulbright.

Julia Bergin(December 2017-May 2018)

Julia was 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.

Where is she now? Julia now works at Asia Society Australia as Communications and Content Officer, and as Research Officer for The Little Red Podcast.

Edward Ongay(August 2017-January 2018)

Edward currently was 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. He is fluent in Spanish, as he is originally from Argentina and moved to Australia in 2012.

Where is he now? Edward recently completed an internship at a start-up consultancy firm, Export Connect, preparing several presentations on international food markets, one of which was for PwC’s internal training workshop for companies seeking to enter those markets.

Noah Vaz(August-December 2017)

Noah was studying a Bachelor of Arts (Media & Communications) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney, majoring in Chinese Studies. He 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.

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 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(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 also studied at King’s College London, Peking University in Beijing, and Purdue University in the United States.

Where is he now? David is currently completing an Honours program in Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Zoe Neill(January-June 2017)

Zoe was 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 also completed 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 was 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.

Oliver Young(November 2016-February 2017)

Oliver 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 previously interned at AustCham Shanghai and at the NSW Health China Desk, volunteered for ACYA and participated in the Australia Week in China and Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations delegations.

Where is he now? Oliver currently works as an analyst at the Commonwealth Treasury where he provides advice on a range macroeconomic policy issues.

Sophia Sun Zou(September 2016-March 2017)

Sophia was 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 also studied political science at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She was additionally a Research Intern with the Department of Premier and Cabinet NSW. Previously, she had 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.

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 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(March-April 2016)

In 2016 Stella was 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 completed a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language at Beijing Language and Culture University. She speaks fluent Finnish, English and Mandarin.

Where is she now? Stella has just finished her second degree in Leadership of Community Organisations in May 2018 at Humak University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki.

Louise Mao(January-April 2016)

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

Where is she now? Louise works in the NSW Trade and Investment (China) Division, where she provides advice on the China market and supports the delivery of a broad range of initiatives from business development to inbound and outbound trade missions.

Amy Russell(October-December 2015)

Amy was studying a Combined Bachelor of Laws & International Global Studies at the University of Sydney. In 2016, she went to Fudan University in Shanghai to study Chinese political history and contemporary Chinese politics. Her aspirations include undertaking research on China’s environmental policy.