Internship Program

Supporting emerging practitioners is a priority for us, and a way of working. Our internship program provides opportunities for students engaged in advanced university study to develop their skills in research, training and technical support.

We’ve built strategic linkages with the University of Melbourne and accepted interns from other universities including Monash University, La Trobe University, RMIT, Swedish Defence University, and Western Sydney University.

Find out more about how we support emerging practitioners here.

Current interns

Indiah Money

Indiah Money is a 21 year old queer Wiradjuri woman, currently studying at Melbourne University completing Gender Studies & Australian Indigenous Studies. Indiah has written poetry from a young age with strong recurring themes including colonialism, assimilation, skin colour, gender, mental illness, sexuality, climate change, stolen generations, identity as well as critiquing the Eurocentric western idealised structure that each person in Australia is forced to maintain. She has had her work published in The Rabbit Journal and was privileged enough to give a reading at the launch of the journal. Indiah was also part of the Emerging Writers festival at the event for Afrika Speaks Back. She has hosted multiple events and Q and A sessions on a national scale. Indiah has had multiple pieces published in Under Bunjil which is the completely Indigenous run magazine at Melbourne Uni since 2016, for 4 of their editions thus far. This year, Indiah was part of the editing team for 2018’s Under Bunjil edition. As well as writing, Indiah paints and has had her work in the Koorie Heritage Trust in their annual show for three years running. Starting her career at Australia Post, Indiah worked on the Diversity and Inclusion team over a multitude of areas, focusing on the Indigenous, Gender and LGBTIQA+ portfolios. She has a strong passion for equity which is what pushes her to do the work she does.

Eliza Clayton

Eliza Clayton is completing her Bachelor of Humanitarian and Development Studies at Western Sydney University, double majoring in Human Rights, Protection and Development and Humanitarian Preparedness and Response. She has studied Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland. She also has a degree in Auslan, which has presented her with several volunteer opportunities with the Victorian Deaf Community. This includes the Australian Deaf Games and the Gaslight Festival. Awarded the 2017 New Colombo Plan Scholarship to Indonesia, Eliza engaged in understanding the humanitarian and development practices within Indonesia. Her main humanitarian interests are disaster risk reduction, preparedness and the impacts of disasters on vulnerable communities.

Jonathan Buckley

Jonathan Buckley is completing his final semester in his Masters of Development at the University of Melbourne. He has volunteered extensively in Victoria, working as a campus coordinator for the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program and a school presenter for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In the past year he has been employed as a Support Officer in the Australian Humanitarian Partnership Support Unit headed by The Whitelum Group. This role has included a three month secondment to the Australian Volunteers Program as a Monitoring and Evaluation officer. His main humanitarian interests include disaster risk management and reduction, though he is looking to expand his knowledge base into other areas. As a HAG intern, Jonathan hopes to improve his research skills, gain exposure to a wide variety of humanitarian programs and increase his professional networks.

Bridgette Hogan

Bridgette Hogan is a final year Master of International Development student at RMIT and joins Humanitarian Advisory Group for the purpose of completing her final research capstone project. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Melbourne majoring in Politics and International Studies and through her studies has examined the issues of climate change, regional insecurity, forced displacement and the refugee crisis in a globalised world. She is interested in relations between refugees and IDPs and the communities who host and share resources with them, often for a protracted period of time. Bridgette believes there needs to be more impactful coordination and burden-sharing between states in order to address forced displacement around the world, whether as a result of conflict, persecution or the effects of climate change. She admires the work of HAG in supporting women in leadership and the aid sector, while also promoting the need for agile and innovative thinking in confronting humanitarian crises around the world.


Past interns

Aga Macura

Aga, originally from Poland, joins us in her final semester of Master of International Relations at Melbourne University. She developed a strong interest for international affairs during her Bachelor in Japanese Studies, which she completed in France. During her last year of undergraduate studies, she also obtained Certificate in General International Studies from IHEI (Institut des Hautes Études Internationales) in Paris, where she wrote a paper on Japan’s political identity split between East and West. Currently, her main areas of interest focus on humanitarian aid, food security as well as humanitarian law. During her internship with HAG, Aga hopes to further enhance her knowledge as well as get exposure to the practical issues related to humanitarian and international affairs.

Fanny Berg

Fanny joins us from Stockholm and is interning with HAG for the final component of her Bachelor Program in Peace and Development Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. During her years in Uppsala, she was active within the Red Cross Youth Association as a project administrator. She has also worked for the Swedish Migration Agency. Last year, she completed a one-year exchange program at Deakin University, Melbourne. While studying at Deakin, she volunteered with AMES Australia, assisting newly arrived migrants to settle in Australia. Before arriving to Melbourne for her internship with HAG, she completed her bachelor thesis on the role of social capital in reducing women’s vulnerability to disasters. Fanny is interested in gender issues in humanitarian action and peace-building and is eager to learn more about the challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region.

David Ross

David joined us from Ottawa, Canada during his final year in the Master of Arts in Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, British Columbia. He was a retired Royal Canadian Air Force pilot, and served in Afghanistan twice, once as a military advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, the second time as a Chief of Civil-Military Operations with NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul. He finished his military career working in Canadian Armed Forces deployed operations policy & planning for the Asia-Pacific region. Although David originally came to us with a particular interest in Civil-Military Coordination, he found himself instead pursuing a significantly wider range of issues such as gender bias in the media, the challenges of integrating environmental considerations in emergency response, and the rapid advance of unmanned aerial vehicle technology in the humanitarian sector. He told us that although the subjects were not what he expected to pursue, he had a great time exploring them. When leaving HAG, David was unsure of what would be next, but hadn’t ruled out the possibility of getting some more mud on his boots with a deployment or two.

Tyrone Bean

Tyrone, originally from Queensland, is currently completing his Master of Education at University of Melbourne. Tyrone has also completed a Master of Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology and Sociology. Tyrone is undertaking his internship through the Careers Trackers Indigenous Internship Program, which seeks to connect Indigenous students with business throughout Australia. Tyrone has an interest in working with underrepresented demographics and encouraging the inclusion of these groups within the private sector and educational environmental. Tyrone has experience working for government agencies, charitable foundations and has played in a number of prominent football leagues including the Victorian Football League and Victorian Amateur Football Association. Tyrone completed this thesis during his Master of Teaching titled ‘Thriving not surviving: Exploring the notions of success and cultural identity in urban boarding school opportunities for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students’.

Zoe Thomaidou

Zoe is interning with HAG as part of her final capstone project in a Master of International Development at RMIT University. During the internship, she will be developing a communication and engagement strategy for the Humanitarian Horizons Research Program to extend the reach of research findings and support targeted engagement of key actors in Australia and the Pacific.

Throughout her studies, Zoe developed an interest in participatory communication and intercultural practices. In 2016, she co-produced with peers and members of the Saora tribal community in India a participatory video project focusing on cultural revival. Most recently, she has strengthened her understanding of the nexus between humanitarian assistance and development, aspects of the program cycle in humanitarian response and issues of protection in refugee settings. Zoe is a committed supporter of the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum and is currently volunteering at the ASRC. She is also a qualified lawyer in Greece and has several years of experience as a journalist in ethnic and community media.

Tissa Riani

Tissa is in her final semester studying the Master of Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. During her study, Tissa has strengthened her understanding of the relationship between conflict security, development issues, and humanitarian aid. Prior to starting her internship in Humanitarian Advisory Group, she worked on a community development project in Indonesia focussing on youth unemployment and women empowerment. Tissa was an intern at UNDP Indonesia, and was involved in preparing the release of  the Human Development Report 2014 and Being LGBT in Asia Pacific, Indonesia Country Report.

Monica Keily

Since completing her internship with Humanitarian Advisory Group (HAG) in December 2016, Monica has worked as a research assistant to Prof. Jacqui True at Monash Gender Peace and Security Centre. Her work investigates endemic violence against women, across sectors and geographical regions, to better understand its relationship with widespread and systematic sexual and gender-based violence. Monica is also a student of international relations at La Trobe University, where she continues to focus on the nexus between peace, conflict, gender and human security.

During her internship with HAG, Monica worked primarily on its joint research project with Dr. Jasmine Kim Westendorf of La Trobe University: ‘Mapping sexual exploitation and abuse in peace operations and humanitarian crises.’ She has also worked as a Policy and Research Intern for Centre for Armed Violence Reduction (CAVR) – specifically within its Pacific Small Arms Action Group (PSAAG); has volunteered with Amnesty International La Trobe; The Melbourne Free University for Refugees; and Project Respect.

Alejandro E. Asela

Alejandro is pursuing a Masters in International Development Practice at Monash University. He is particularly interested in development issues related to humanitarian assistance within the context of civil-military interaction. Alejandro is a Naval Officer (LCDR) in the Colombian Navy where he has mainly served as a helicopter pilot conducting operations against drug trafficking, combat support, humanitarian assistance and SAR. His military decorations include the Naval Aviation Meritorious Service Medal, Order of Naval Merit Admiral Padilla, Order of Military Merit Antonio Nariño and Academic Excellence Medal (two).
Alejandro has a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Sciences and a graduate diploma in Politics and Maritime Strategy from Colombian Naval Academy, a BBA from Nueva Granada Military University (cum laude) and a MBA with a major in Strategic Planning from Bolivar Technological University.

Ayla Black

Ayla completed a Master of Gender and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne with First-Class Honours, the final component of which was an internship with Humanitarian Advisory Group. Following her internship, Ayla held the position of Policy and Program Officer at Humanitarian Advisory Group. Ayla conducted research on the localisation of humanitarian aid in the Pacific, researched the status of women in humanitarian leadership, produced a chapter for the UNFPA’s 2016 State of World Population report, undertook the International Humanitarian Protection Training and assisted with facilitation of the industry engagement program with the University of Melbourne, including authoring the SDGs Workshop Outcomes report.

Ayla Black has recently accepted a policy graduate position at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Ayla has also studied Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po in Paris, and has field experiences in India and Timor-Leste, where she worked on the development of gender policy and the implementation of human rights and sexual and gender-based violence programs.


Emma Jidinger

Emma is currently working as an intelligence specialist at Pinkerton Global Risk Group. Her work is largely focused on conducting threat assessments and risk analysis for corporate risk management with a special focus on the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Her previous experience includes working as an intelligence and investigations analyst at Pinkerton Nordic (former Seccredo), supporting the United Nations International Search and Rescue Advisory Group, evaluating disaster preparedness and response programmes in the north Pacific for the International Organization for Migration, as well as interning with the Humanitarian Advisory Group. She is a Swedish Defence University graduate in political science, focusing on security politics and crisis management. As part of her degree she studied international diplomacy, intercultural communications and international human rights law as an exchange student in Melbourne. Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency she conducted her bachelor thesis on the field in Vanuatu, studying women’s rights and gender issues.

Zoe Fawcett Enticott

Zoe specialises in project support, communications and research within the Government and Non-Government sector. She has a background in community development in South Asia and Australian not-for-profit project management. Currently, Zoe is a Project Officer with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Australia, where she works across a number of the Departments portfolios. She also volunteers with the International Federation of the Red Cross’ Innovation team, using foresight research to conduct global trend analysis that informs strategy. In the past, Zoe has worked as a Grant Writer for St Kilda Community Housing, Project Manager for not-for-profit WhyDev and Project Manager for Bravo Charlie: a Melbourne-based comms and digital strategy company. She learnt a great deal during her internship with Humanitarian Advisory Group, where she completed research, report writing and event coordination on behalf of the University of Melbourne.

Noah Taylor

Noah Taylor interned with the Humanitarian Advisory Group back in 2014 whilst completing studies in International Development at RMIT. Coming from a military background and research at RMIT in civil-military cooperation he assisted HAG in facilitating a number of workshops bringing together experts in defence, security and humanitarian disaster relief. Since then Noah has worked in emergency management for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Australia before moving to the Occupied Palestinian Territory to pursue a career in humanitarian aid. He has worked in monitoring and evaluation community engagement and coordination. He is working in Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) with the French NGO ACTED on the crisis response in South Sudan.

Catherine Holden

Catherine was the Humanitarian Advisory Group’s first intern, joining the team as the group formed in 2012. Catherine provided policy and research support across the Group’s thematic areas of expertise, including contributing to the co-authoring of a comparative study on humanitarian financing mechanisms; a report which was later disseminated globally and used for policy purposes by various sector actors.

A Canadian national, after two years in Australia Catherine returned to Canada taking up a position as a Policy Advisor in the International Operations department of the Canadian Red Cross. Catherine is currently a Project Manager with Precio Fishbone, providing project and grant management software solutions for international development and humanitarian NGOs. Catherine has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography, a Master of Arts in International Affairs and has varied experience across the sector having worked in a multilateral funding agency, government, NGOs and in the field.

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