Gain exposure to the working environment of an International Embassy

The University of Queensland (UQ) coordinates an internship program with a number of international embassies in Canberra over the Summer and Winter breaks. 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 opportunities and experience for students to gain exposure to the working environment of the Embassy.

Winter Program 2021

Dates: Monday 21st June 2021 - Friday 9th July 2021
Duration: 3 weeks
Possible Participating Embassies: Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela
Location: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The duties of the intern may 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: Depending on travel restrictions in place at the time of the internship the UQ Embassy Internship Program may be run as a virtual internship program for Winter 2021. For further information on how the University is responding to this, please visit the information webpage

To be eligible to apply for the UQ Embassy Internship Program, students must:

  • Be actively enrolled into a UQ program and courses,
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the internship (eg. continued enrolment)
  • Not due to graduate at the end of semester of application,
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of study and master’s students must have completed one full-time semester or equivalent prior to applying,
  • Not be undertaking the internship during teaching weeks or periods when an applicant is enrolled in coursework (eg. summer semester), and
  • Be able to work within the Canberra time zone virtually during the dates of the program, if run as a virtual program.
Selection Criteria

To be considered, you must meet and respond to the selection criteria as outlined in the application form:

  • Required: High academic achievement and an interest in the culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business of the embassy for which you are applying.
  • Highly regarded: Experience in project and event management, and high level of Spanish language skills suitable for a professional environment(*).
  • Be able to complete a feedback report within two weeks of completing the program.

(*)For Latin American Embassies.

Please note that this is an extra-curricular activity and the program cannot be used towards course credit and cannot conflict with any exams or teaching weeks.

 

Depending on travel restrictions in place at the time of the internship the UQ Embassy Internship Program may be run as a virtual internship program for Winter 2021.

In-Person Internship

Students who are successfully placed with an Embassy Internship for Winter 2021 will receive a AUD $750 grant towards the cost of their travel, accommodation and other internship expenses. 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.
  • Grants are subject to students completing all required forms (Travel Declaration, Bank details etc) by the deadline provided.

Virtual Internship

Students who participate in this internship as a virtual experience will not be eligible for a grant.

 

Winter 2021: Application are now open. Please submit your application form before the application closing date.

Apply here

Key Dates

Winter Program 2021

Start: 21st June 2021
End: 9th July 2021

UQ Application Dates

Open: 29th March 2021 (Open now!)
Close: 2nd May 2021

Need more information

Please contact employability@uq.edu.au