CISaustralia is dedicated to providing university students with innovative, high quality, short-term overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences, while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth, and developing engaged world citizens.

Through this internship, you will gain professional experience and build your resume while working remotely on projects and tasks that add value to your company or organisation. This experience will be primarily project-based, with either one larger project over the course of the internship or several smaller ongoing assignments. 

What can I participate in?

CISaustralia offers a range of virtual internship opportunities over a wide array of sectors. UQ students can apply to Internships offered across China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, South Africa and the USA in the following fields:

  • Arts and Design
  • Business and Marketing
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Media
  • Human Rights
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
  • Social Science and Humanities

Further information on each virtual internship can be found on the CISaustralia website.

Note: Students must have access to a personal computer, a reliable internet connection and must be available to be online during the host organisation’s local working hours for bi-weekly check-ins (twice per week) with your supervisor (mornings or evenings as mutually agreed in advance).

Application Instructions

All applicants must meet the UQ Internship Eligibility Criteria and any other criteria as outlined by the host organisation. Students are required to apply to both UQ and CISaustralia via the buttons below.

  1. Submit an application to the Internships and Global Experiences Team and
  2. Submit an application to CISaustralia

Students will receive access to their Internships Workflow once their application is approved by the Internships and Global Experiences Team. 

Apply to UQ Apply to CISaustralia


Costs & Inclusions

Depending on the location of the host organisation the program fee will range from AUD $1,999 to AUD $2,399 plus an initial application fee of AUD $95

This cost includes:

  1. Internship placement and supervision
  2. Minimum 24 hours of remote work experience per week
  3. CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  4. Preparation guide and session
  5. Orientation
  6. Cultural workshops
  7. Weekly newsletters including cultural topics, tips and information on professional and personal development
  8. CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)
  9. Final evaluation provided by your supervisor


Funding is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. Funding should not be a factor when developing your budget and should only be considered supplementary financial support if awarded. 

Applicants will be considered for only one grant per application round.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Eligible students will automatically be considered for an AUD$1,950 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants for CISaustralia in China, Hong Kong SAR, and Japan.

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered. There is no additional application required. Applicants will need to submit supporting documentation (host acceptance, bank details) by the relevant deadline.  

This grant is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. Students who are due to graduate at the end of semester 1, 2022 will not be eligible for this grant. 

Widening Participation Grant 

When you submit your application for an internship, you are automatically considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding page for details.

Credit for Internships

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 15 April 2022
Host: TBC

Program Dates

Earliest start date: 19 June 2022
Latest end date: 24 July 2022


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Virtual
Credit: For-credit or Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Internship 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.

Information Sessions

CISaustralia Virtual Internships | April 2021 | Session recording

CISaustralia Virtual Internships | September 2020 | Session recording