The e61 Institute Internship Program

The e61 Institute is passionate about developing Australia’s talent pool in the field of economics and econometrics. We welcome applications from candidates that are intellectually curious and have an outstanding track record, who want to develop their research skills while working on the most interesting economic challenges in the private and public sectors.

The e61 Institute internship program is a great opportunity for high-achieving students to get first-hand experience of working at one of Australia’s leading economic research institutes.

Our program provides work experience for undergraduate students that are interested in economic research and are passionate about policy work that makes a difference to the lives of Australians. It offers an excellent pathway for students both looking to enter the workforce when they finish their undergraduate studies, and for those students pursuing PhD/graduate programs in the future.

At e61 we have a strong focus on applied research that is driven by microeconomic data and designed to produce an evidence base for Australian public policy. Our research is divided into broad streams, including work programs for: productivity and business dynamism, management, and economic opportunity.  

Successful candidates can expect…

  • To gain real-world research experience in developing their own research questions and preparing research plans with the assistance of the team
  • To work closely with experienced researchers to carry out their plan and produce a research paper
  • To work directly with state-of-the-art micro datasets, provided by our data partners, including government and industry

Applications are accepted from 3rd year (or equivalent) students majoring in economics, finance, econometrics or related areas such as computer science or statistics who intend to complete honours or similar research-based programs.

We will support you in undertaking project work that culminates in a research paper that you will present to the e61 research team. Past e61 projects have included research on business productivity and dynamism, analysing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young and disadvantaged workers, and the development of real-time economy trackers using high-frequency spending indicators.

We allow a flexible start date and offer a supportive environment with training, coaching and mentoring.



We offer successful candidates a paid work placement during the mid-year break or end of year break.

Please specify in your application which period you would like to apply for and your suggested dates.



We are looking for students who are passionate about public policy and are interested in applied economic research using microeconomic data (e.g. household-level, firm-level data).

  • Third year (or equivalent) students majoring in economics, finance, data science, or related areas who intend to complete honours or similar research programs

  • Students should have a strong interest in applied economics and Australian public policy

  • Good writing and presentation skills

  • Some knowledge of a programming language e.g. STATA, R, Python

All our opportunities are in Sydney and Canberra.


Your application should include:

  • 1 page cover letter outlining your motivation for applying and how your skills can improve the evidence base for public policy in Australia

  • Short resume (maximum of 2 pages)

  • University transcripts

  • Writing samples

  • Confirmation of your right to work in Australia

Please note we will provide a receipt of application notification by email but, due to the volume of applicants, will only contact you if you proceed to the formal interview process.