UQ Embassy Internship Program

Gain exposure to the working environment of an International Embassy

The University of Queensland coordinates an internship program with a number of international embassies in Canberra over the summer break. This internship represents a fantastic opportunity if you have an interest in experiencing an international culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business.

The objective of the internship program is to strengthen relations between The University of Queensland and the Embassy and offer meaningful networking and work experience opportunities for students to gain exposure to the working environment of an Embassy.

Summer 2023 Program

Participating Embassies may include: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, United States of America, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

EmbassyDurationDatesLocationApplication Closing DatesDuties
U.S Embassy4 Weeks16 January 2023 - 10 February 2023Virtual25 September 2022

Conduct research and provide short updates on a specific country’s activities in the Pacific and SE Asia, Australia-India strategic relations and Australia-Indonesia strategic relations.  Develop a deep analysis of the Australian government’s foreign policy in ASEAN.  Analyze the Australian population's perspectives on the Quad. 
Conduct research on a specific country’s Military Activity/Incursion Background and Data. AUKUS Background and research on Defense Exports/ITAR process.

Other Participating Embassies4 Weeks

16 January 2023 - 10 February 2023

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

25 September 2022May include general office administration, executive support to the Ambassador, project work, research, consular services, translation, event coordination and liaison with other international embassies

Please note: All Embassy Internship programs are unpaid internships. 

Students must meet both the UQ and the Embassy eligibility criteria for which they apply. To be eligible to participate in an internship, at the time of application, you must:

UQ Eligibility Criteria:

  • be actively enrolled in a UQ program and courses
  • not due to graduate at the end of the semester of application
  • have completed at least six (6) units at UQ in your current UQ program
  • have a minimum GPA of 4 and a record of steady academic achievement
  • not be undertaking the internship during teaching weeks or periods when an applicant is enrolled in coursework (eg. summer semester)

 U.S. Embassy Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old at time of application,
  • An Australian citizen/Legal Resident (U.S. citizens are not eligible, unless they are a dual citizen),
  • Be approved for credit toward your Internship by your UQ Faculty,
  • Must be returning to full-time university studies after completion of the Internship.

Important note (U.S. Embassy): Successful interns applying to the U.S. Embassy must pass a security certification by the U.S. Government before starting their internship.

Other Participating Embassies Eligibility Criteria:

  • An interest in the culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business of the embassy for which you are applying
  • High level of Spanish language skills suitable for a professional working environment* - Proficiency level TBC
  • Experience in project and event management will be highly regarded

*For Spanish-speaking Embassy only.

Students are required to submit the following documents in their online application. 

U.S. Embassy Application Requirements

  • Brief statement (500 words max) to explain why you would like to be considered for the Foreign National Student Intern Program and what you hope to achieve during the program
  • CV
  • UQ Studies Report
  • Proof of your legal residency/right to work in Australia
  • Faculty Credit Confirmation

Other Participating Embassies Application Requirements

  • UQ Studies Report
  • CV

Apply Here


In-Person Internship

Students are automatically considered for the Widening Participation Grant and no additional application is required. Funding is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. You must be financially able to support yourself in travelling to, living in (including all transport and living expenses) and returning from Canberra for the full duration of the program dates.

Please note the following:

  • Students must ensure they have sufficient funds for the duration of the internship and should not rely upon this grant to fund their internship expenses
  • Students are responsible for arranging all travel bookings, transfers and accommodation for the internship program
  • Grant amounts will vary depending on the duration and location of the activity, and the availability of funding.

Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding page for details.


Some Faculties allow students to receive credit towards their UQ program from internships or other non-study activities. 

If you are interested in seeking credit, you must contact your Faculty/School directly for more information regarding the available courses and your eligibility prior to applying to your internship. Below are the credit options available for the UQ Embassy Internship Program.

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Faculty Options

In order to receive credit for an internship, students MUST enrol in a relevant course. Approval processes vary depending on the course. There is one course through which undergraduate students could gain credit for the UQ Embassy Internship Program: POLS3801.

POLS3801: Internship

HASS has negotiated an agreement with the School of Political Science and International Studies for UQ Embassy Internship Program participants to enrol in POLS3801 in Semester 1 and 2 under the following conditions:

  • Selective entry based on GPA, as per the normal requirements for entry into POLS3801
  • 70 hours minimum at the placement, plus 50 hours of self-directed learning
  • A meeting (at a mutually agreed time) between the student and the POLS3801 Convenor to discuss the Internship Report after submitting a 1-page Plan for the Report. Note that if the internship is during a mid-semester break, the student will have to agree to have this meeting during semester when the coordinator is available.
  • A written Internship Report (4000 words) to be submitted at the same time as students enrolled in the semester course, and graded by the convenor of POLS3801
  • A written logbook summarising the nature of activities undertaken during the internship, to be completed regularly during the placement, and to be submitted together with the final Internship Report.
  • An Organisation and Institutional Context paper (1500 words) on the role of embassies in international politics.  This is to be submitted in accordance with the regular schedule of assessments for POLS3801, and graded by the convenor of POLS3801.

Approval process: The UQ Embassy Program administrators will inform the administrative coordinator of the number of student applications which may require credit through POLS3801. Shortlisted(*) students must email the administrative coordinator and seek pre-approval to undertake the course. In the email, they must confirm that they can meet the requirements for enrolment in the course.

(*) After submitting your application, selected students will be invited to attend an interview with the UQ Embassy Program administrators. Shortlisted student are those who are successfully selected as the preferred candidate for the Embassy internship following the interview.

If you are interested in a course that is not listed above, contact your faculty at: 

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

  • You must update the Internships and Global Experiences Team at iget@uq.edu.au, and
  • You may be responsible for paying UQ tuition fees in addition to the internship program fee.

Key Dates

Summer 2023

Start: 16 January 2023
End: 10 February 2023

UQ Application Dates

Open: 15 August 2022
Close: 12:00pm 30 September 2022

Need more information

Please contact iget@uq.edu.au