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2018/19 Internship - Economics and Finance Vacation-Work Program

The RBA 2018/19 Internship (previously known as the Cadetship Program) is designed to support the development of emerging economics and finance professionals. It offers high-achieving students who are pursuing an economics or finance degree with a research component an opportunity to obtain first-hand experience working in Australia's central bank. 

Initially, the RBA offers successful candidates a paid eight week work placement over the summer, between November and January. As an intern you will be supported as you undertake project work that culminates in a research paper that is presented to your peers and senior staff. During your placement, you may also complete notes on data releases, analysis of developments in financial markets, or other work that provides an insight into working at the RBA as a graduate.

In addition, you will attend targeted training as well as interactive information sessions designed to provide you with a more comprehensive understanding of the role of the Reserve Bank of Australia, and how you can contribute to the work of Australia's central bank.

The RBA is looking for a high level of analytical skills and a genuine interest in working for an institution that has an effect on the lives of all Australians. Applications are accepted from 3rd year (or equivalent) students majoring in economics, finance, or related areas such as mathematics and statistics who intend to complete honours or similar research based programs.

At the end of the eight week placement, Interns may be offered a place on the Graduate Development Program to commence in February 2020. Those Interns who accept an offer may be provided with financial support during their final year of study.

Applicants must hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency at the time of application. All Intern positions are located in Sydney. 

Alternative Internship timing can be coordinated by special agreement - for example, for students on a Northern Hemisphere timetable.

To contact us about our programs email graduates@rba.gov.au.


Internship applications will be reviewed as they are received. Strong candidates may be invited to undertake assessments (on-line skills tests and video interviews) immediately.

Applications will close 8 May 2018 or earlier if all places have been filled. 

Please apply early to avoid disappointment

Applications close AUS Eastern Standard Time