Vacancy: Intern Position – Water Future


An exciting opportunity exists for an intern to work closely with the Water Future International Secretariat for up to three (3) months.  As the project work may be undertaken online, this position is not limited by geographic boundaries.

What is Water Future?

The Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) is a global water program under the international Future Earth initiative. Future Earth is supported by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of funding agencies, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization.

Human activities in the Anthropocene are accelerating the rates of change in the way water moves around the globe and in water quality. Water Future addresses this challenge by providing knowledge and support to understand the state of global water and to develop potential policy and technical solutions, and co-design improved, evidence-based innovations that support sustainable development trajectories. Water Future builds on more than a decade of coordinated international research of the Global Water Systems Project ( to study the complex global water system with its interactions between natural and human components and their feedback processes.

The Role

Working closely with the Executive Director, Water Future,  Associate Professor Anik Bhaduri, the successful intern will undertake a range of key, small projects related to the Sustainable Water Future Programme.

This position is not a paid position; however, on completion of the internship, the intern would receive a recommendation from Water Future based upon their performance.  Dependent upon individual circumstances, it is possible this project work may contribute as credit towards current studies undertaken elsewhere, with approval of both parties.


The successful intern would have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in their field of interest, together with exposure to an excellent research environment offering networking opportunities with current researchers.

The Person

The ideal person may be a graduate or undertaking study at a Master’s degree level and interested in obtaining some work experience.

The ideal person would be:

  • Highly computer literate;
  • Able to demonstrate organisational and time management skills; and
  • Comfortable communicating with a broad range of people.

Application Requirements

Please ensure your application includes the following:

  • Covering letter addressing why you believe you would be suitable for the role, and
  • Current curriculum vitae which should include:
    • Full name, address, telephone number, email and Skype address;
    • Details of education, professional training and qualifications;
    • Employment history, if applicable; and
    • Name and email contact of at least one referee or letter of recommendation.

How To Apply

Applications should be emailed to


Closing Date

Applications close:  5:00 pm, Friday 26 May 2017, Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Process of Selection

Applications will be shortlisted for interview and the successful applicant will be chosen following a short interview process.

Whilst we appreciate the time and effort that is taken by individuals to submit an application, only those shortlisted for interview will be contacted.
If you have not received a response from Water Future by Friday 9 June 2017, please consider your application, in this instance, unsuccessful.

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