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Research Internships

The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb) Internship Program is run under Monash University’s Visiting Scholar Program. The Internship Program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Work in a dynamic global research centre
  • Contribute to scholarly and public policy debate
  • Develop valuable networks with fellow researchers from Australia and around the world.

We offer a collegial, dynamic and supportive learning and working environment, limiting each intake to three interns to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

Research topics and tasks

Interns have the opportunity to choose from a range of thematic issues to work on including border policing and security, migration and mobility, border crossing, gender and human rights.

A program of work is designed in consultation with the BOb’s Management Team, based on the intern’s interests, experience and skills.

Specific project work may involve:

  • Preparing a briefing paper on a specific country
  • Drafting legal commentary and analysis
  • Assisting with preparing academic articles, conference papers, or a chapter for a research report
  • Convening academic and practitioner dialogue through roundtable discussions and seminars
  • Completing other research tasks, resource management and social media tasks as required.

Internship length

Interns are expected to participate in the program full time for 5 days per week for a 2 week period (10 working days).

Longer internships can also be negotiated, subject to our available resources at the time. Please contact us by email ( before submitting an application for a longer internship.


We accept applications from students who have completed are or currently enrolled in a:

  • Final year of an undergraduate degree with a major in Criminology (or cognate discipline)
  • Honours year in Criminology (or a cognate discipline)
  • PhD or Masters in Criminology (or cognate discipline)

Selection criteria

  • Enthusiasm to learn and contribute to a dynamic and collegial research environment
  • Relevant work experience or demonstrated interest in one of BOb’s Research Agenda areas
  • Academic results
  • Referee report

Application process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview to discuss their research interests and expectations for the program. Interviews will be conducted via telephone for interstate and international applicants.

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