Employment & Intern Opportunities


This is an exciting opportunity that will suit a person with a passion for researching and finding market-based solutions for education issues.  To be considered for the role the person must have detailed knowledge of Australian school education policy, including funding and governance systems, and strong writing skills. Some of the topics the CIS is interested in researching include improvement of teaching quality, school choice, numeracy decline, motivation and student achievement and early childhood resourcing and accountability.  The new researcher would work independently but in collaboration with the research team.

The work done by the CIS is both rigorous and practical and the person we are looking for will be able to drive a research project, engage with the media and the policy community to communicate the findings and propel changes in thinking on important policy issues.
The position is based in Sydney. We will consider both full-time and part-time candidates.

Role and Responsibilities
• Undertake research projects and develop evidence based policy recommendations presented in multiple formats (reports, commentary and multimedia).
• The candidate must have clear ideas for the development of the research program and be able to set and meet research deadlines
• Communicate the research work to CIS supporters, business, government and the general public through public presentations, media work and speeches.
• Articulate CIS policy positions through media appearances, speaking at events and interviews on television and radio
• Write opinion pieces for hard copy and online newspapers and blogs.
• Contribute articles to CIS publications such as our web-based newsletter ‘ideas’.
• Engage with supporters on Facebook and Twitter.
• Ability to work well within a small team.

Qualifications and Background
• A demonstrated understanding of Australian school systems, policies and funding.
•A postgraduate qualification is highly desired. However exceptional candidates with lower level degrees will be considered.
•Proven skills in research analysis and statistical analysis.
• Previous writing experience, including opinion pieces, journal articles or online publications (ideally substantive research-based pieces).
• Strong interest in contributing to the debate around public policy issues.
• Strong communication skills particularly with media.
• Good analytical skills.
•A genuine interest and understanding of the philosophical direction of The Centre for Independent Studies.

Salary will be commensurate with experience
Interstate or overseas applicants must be able to move to Sydney.
Written emailed applications only to jlindsay@cis.org.au. Please include a cover letter addressing the position criteria, your CV and three referees.  If you would like to discuss the role before applying please call Jenny Lindsay on 02 9438 4377.


The CIS accepts applications for internships twice a year.

  • Applications will open in April for Winter internships to start work in June/July
  • Applications will open in September for Summer internships to start work in late Jan/Feb

A minimum of 15 days is required for successful completion of the internship. The internships are unpaid and can be worked for a minimum of 2 days a week and up to 5 days a week.  To ensure you get the most out of the experience you must be able to work in our offices in Sydney.

Selected interns will work within one of our research programs – Economics, Education or Culture, Prosperity and Civil Society.  We also offer internships in Media and Events Management.

The CIS intern program would suit people who have an interest in working on research that promotes free choice and individual liberty and defending cultural freedom and the open exchange of ideas.

Summer 2019 internships have closed.