International & Government Relations Intern

Football Federation Australia (FFA) is the national governing body for football in Australia. It governs all national teams (including the Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas), the Hyundai A League, Westfield W-League, Foxtel National Youth League, Westfield FFA Cup, PlayStation 4 National Premier Leagues and also leads state, community and grass roots football.

FFA’s International and Government Relations Department is responsible for building partnerships and seeking financial support at Federal, State and Local Government levels to develop different aspects of football, as well as managing international and domestic projects with various government departments, including the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Department of Social Services.

The successful applicant would have the opportunity to work on a number of different FFA projects in both the international and government relations space, shadow FFA staff at meetings both in Sydney and in Canberra, attend FFA events and play a role in growing the largest participation sport in Australia.

This role would be best suited for someone who is in their second or third year of study at university, has a global perspective and a strong passion for football, and is also considering or seeking a career in International or Government Relations.

FFA has a conscious focus on the improvement of flexibility and work life balance, and this internship would be subject to the same mentality. The International and Government Relations Department periodically operates outside the Darlinghurst office, and similarly, the internship workload can be adjusted to reflect the applicant’s academic coursework or extracurricular involvement throughout the internship. As a guideline, it would generally be expected that applicants would be available for 16 hours a week. 

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Supporting the development and execution of various international and government projects;
  • Assisting with the preparation of data sets ahead of government stakeholder meetings; 
  • Drafting correspondence to various stakeholders, including government and international football associations;
  • Writing articles and summaries of FFA’s international and government relations activity;

Knowledge, skills and behaviour required

  • A practical, results-focused and positive mindset, with a strong desire for learning;
  • A passion for football, both international and domestic;
  • A strong understanding of the importance of data and its application in government decision making;
  • Familiarity with interpreting and expressing insights from quantitative and qualitative data;
  • A global perspective, particularly with a knowledge or interest in Asia and the Middle East;
  • A developed knowledge of Federal & State Government structure and operations;
  • Strong attention to detail, high standards of integrity;
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills;
  • Understanding of Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

This is an unpaid position.

Apply now for this exciting opportunity by sending your resume to . Please be specific in the application the role you are applying for by outlining in the email subject.

Only candidates selected for the short list will be contacted in relation to this role. Applications close 23 March 2018.