AustCham's internship program engages young professionals in a variety of different positions and exposes them to the diverse opportunities within the Australia-China relationship. 

AustCham China interns are given the opportunity to work alongside a passionate and innovative team dedicated to assisting companies doing business in China. Interns are immersed in an environment that deals with a membership of well accomplished Australian business leaders in China. The organisation is governed by a Board of Directors representing some of Australia’s leading companies in the region.


    Internships will be on offer in the following areas:

    1. Industry & Advocacy Associate -  AustCham South China (Guangzhou)
    2. Industry & Advocacy Associate - AustCham West China (Chengdu)
    3. Marketing & Communications Associate - AustCham South China (Guangzhou)
    4. Marketing & Communications Associate - AustCham West China (Chengdu)

    Visa Information

    It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences Team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

    Contact the Chinese Embassy in Australia for visa and immigration information.

    Eligibility and application

    All applicants must meet the basic short-term experience eligibility criteria

    Chinese citizens are welcome to apply, as well as non-Chinese-speaking students.

    This is a competitive program. Students will be selected by an internal selection committee from the Student Employability Centre and AustCham in China.

    All students must complete the Short Term Global Experience online application and upload the following documents as part of that application:

    • A Curriculum Vitae (1 page maximum) that details your program of study and your prior work experience.
    • A Cover Letter that identifies exactly which internship (of the 4 above) you are pursuing and addresses why you wish to participate in the internship (1 page maximum).

    Successful candidates will be notified by Friday, 25 October 2019. 

     Apply to UQ 


    There is no placement fee for UQ students as per UQ’s Corporate Membership with AustCham China.

    Participants will need to cover the following costs:

    • Round trip Flights
    • Visa
    • Accommodation and meals in China
    • Personal spending money (e.g. shopping, transportation cost for personal travel…etc.)

    Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


    Accommodation is not included in the program.


    UQ students participating in a Global Experience through UQ are automatically covered by UQ's travel insurance in the country of the Global Experience. Chinese citizens returning to China for their Global Experience, please note that “Benefits payable under UQ’s travel insurance policy may be reduced if travellers are covered by their home country’s medical benefits/scheme due to residence requirements.”

    Some Faculties allow students to receive credit towards their UQ program for internships or other non-study activities. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, you must contact your Faculty/School directly for more information regarding your eligibility:

    Contact your faculty:

    Please note: If you are granted permission to receive credit for your participation in an internship program:

    • You may be responsible for paying UQ tuition fees in addition to the internship program fee
    • You may be eligible for funding provided through the OS-Help loan scheme

    Key Dates

    Application Deadlines

    Applications for this program have closed.

    Program Dates

    Start: 25 November 2019
    End: 14 February 2020

    *AustCham South China and West China offices will be closed for Christmas (December 25-27) and New Year's Day, as well as Chinese New Year (January 24-31). 

    Fast Facts

    Type: Work Experience
    Mode: Internship
    Location: Guangzhou or Chengdu, China
    Credit: Not-for-credit
    Cohort: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

    OS-HELP Loan

    If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

    Application Deadlines

    15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
    15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
    15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
    15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

    Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

    Global Experiences Information Sessions

    Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​