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Receptionist/Events Assistant

The Lowy Institute is seeking a full-time Receptionist/Events Assistant. Reporting directly to the Events Producer, you will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day smooth operation of the reception area and all meeting rooms, providing a high level of customer service. You will be the first point of contact for many of the Institute’s high-profile visitors and assist with the Institute’s busy schedule of events.

The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute hosts speeches by leading national and international figures and holds events and conferences to discuss key global issues. It aims to deepen the international policy debate in Australia and to give Australia a greater voice on the international stage.

Duties include: Greeting visitors, answering and directing incoming calls, managing presentation of the reception area, maintaining meeting rooms and organising drinks and catering, assisting with the set-up of public events and roundtables, managing the reception emails inbox, and performing administrative duties in support of the Lowy Institute.

The successful candidate will require:

  • Exceptional attitude, excellent presentation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • At least 1-2 years reception or event assistant experience
  • The ability to deal with internal and external stakeholders at all levels
  • High attention to detail
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Proactive and friendly team player
  • Efficient and competent in Microsoft Office suite

 Desirable: knowledge of Microsoft Dynamics CRM; an interest in global politics/international affairs.

Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to Andrea Pollard, Events Producer (, by Thursday, 12 March 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


2020 Internship – Pacific Islands Program

The Lowy Institute is looking for a part-time intern to join the Pacific Islands Program from March to October 2020.

The successful candidates will work on a wide range of issues related to the Pacific Islands region and will help the team update their flagship product: the Pacific Aid Map. Much of the work will involve collaborative, ad hoc research on this subject, including substantial data collection and analysis. There will also be an opportunity for the intern to pursue their own research in an area of the Pacific Islands region to be determined with the team, and to publish the results of their research on the Lowy Institute’s digital magazine, The Interpreter.

The internship program aims to connect talented international policy students and professionals with our research staff and programs. Candidates will typically be enrolled in, or have completed, the final year of undergraduate studies, honors or postgraduate studies. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated strong English research and writing skills who are familiar with the politics of one or more Pacific countries, and with geostrategic issues in the region. A good understanding of Excel spreadsheets is essential. 

Start date: Flexible, ideally March 2020.

Hours: Part-time, equivalent of two days a week. A small stipend will be provided to cover daily expenses.

To apply, please send a CV detailing work/academic experience and achievements (maximum two pages) and a one-page cover letter detailing why you are suitable for this internship to by 29 February 2020.

The availability of internships depends on the capacity and needs of our staff. Openings will be advertised on this page as they arise. Please note we no longer accept rolling applications.

Our internship program aims to connect talented international policy students and professionals with our research staff and programs. You should be interested in contributing to Australian international policy, have excellent time management and administrative skills, think critically, write clearly, and capably manage independent research tasks. Typically you will be enrolled in, or have completed, the final year of undergraduate studies, honours or postgraduate studies. The internship program attracts a large number of outstanding candidates and is highly competitive. Our intern alumni include Rhodes scholars, diplomats, soldiers, journalists, and academics. If your application is successful you will work in our Sydney offices at 31 Bligh St on a voluntary basis, with a small stipend to cover lunch and travel expenses. Permission to work in Australia is essential.

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