The Engineers Without Borders Cambodia Humanitarian Design Summitis a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an immersive learning experience outside the classroom for students in engineering and other technical fields.  Over the course of 14 days, students are immersed in a real-world learning context, working in small project teams guided by experienced facilitators from a variety of technical, development practice, and related sectors.


The Humanitarian Design Summit is an immersive study tour designed to broaden perspectives of design and engineering in a complex environment while building professional skills. The program teaches hands-on skills drawn from EWB’s community engagement principles
and approaches while giving you the opportunity to step outside your comfort zone. We challenge and support you to develop a deeper understanding of the role engineering and technology play incontributing toward positive social impact.

The upcoming Cambodia Design Summit will run mid-year (starting June 24) and will be based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. 

Participating students will gain experience in:

  • Socio-technical skills and mindsets
  • Appropriate technology best-practice
  • Designing in resource constrained environments
  • Working with community and clients on needs analysis and problem definition
  • Evaluating solutions including maintenance, materials and cost
  • Rapid prototyping and development
  • Client engagement and communication
  • Cross-cultural engagement, teamwork and project management

Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia the program is targetted to Engineering students but also welcomes students from other fields:

  • Engineering
  • Development
  • Commerce
  • Science
  • other fields that would benefit.

Participants on the Design Summit will undertake more than 80 hours of full-time engineering work experience during the two-week program. That is, ten days of full-time equivalent experience that meets the requirements of Australian university engineering courses that are accredited by Engineers Australia.

You can find out more about the EWB Humanitarian Design Summit by reading the EWB website. 

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 Engineers Without Borders via the buttons below.

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 host


The program fee is $4,200. More information regarding program fees can be found on the EWB website.


Twin-share and homestay accommodation is provided for the duration of the program and included in the program fee.

For more information regarding accommodation, please see the EWB website.


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 are guaranteed funding valued at $3,000 AUD for in-person Internships.

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.  

Internships and Global Experiences Grants

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

EAIT Faculty

Engineering students may be eligible for Professional Practice. EWB is approved for up to 80 hours of Part A Practice. If you are seeking recognition for professional practice, please contact your faculty to receive confirmation of recognition. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 14 April 2024
Host: 28 March 2024

Program Dates

Start: 24 June 2024
End: 7 July 2024

Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Location: Cambodia
Credit: For-credit, not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in an internship 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. 

Internship Information Sessions

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

Information Sessions