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 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 and work experience opportunities for students to gain exposure to the working environment of an Embassy.

Winter Program 2021

Participating Embassies include: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, U.S and Venezuela.

Embassy Duration Dates Location Application Closing Dates
U.S. Embassy 5 weeks Monday 21st June - Friday 23rd July 2021

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

27th April 2021
All other Participating Embassies 3 weeks

Monday 21st June - Friday 9th July 2021

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

9th May 2021

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: All Embassy Internship programs are unpaid internships. 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 meet both the UQ eligibility criteria and the Embassy eligibility criteria for which they are apply.

UQ Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be actively enrolled into a UQ program and courses,
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the internship (eg. continued enrolment)
  • Not be due to graduate at the end of semester of application,
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of study and postgraduate coursework 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 financial able to support yourself in traveling to, live in (including all transport and living expenses) and return from Canberra for full duration of the program dates. 

Participating Embassies Eligibility Criteria:

  • High academic achievement and 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*,
  • Experience in a project and event management will be highly regarded, and
  • Be able to complete a full feedback report on your experience within two weeks of completing the program.

*For Spanish speaking Embassy only.

Important note (Participating Embassies):

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

   Additional Eligibility Criteria for U.S. Embassy:

  • 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,
  • A currently enrolled student in a university, and
  • 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; 

  1. pass a security certification by the U.S. Government before starting their internship,
  2. have private medical insurance or be eligible for Medicare, and
  3. be eligible to complete an approved course for credit for this internship. 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.

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.
  • Students receiving credit at the U.S. Embassy for their experience will also be required to pay tuition fees for their credited course.

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 / 23rd July 2021 (U.S. only)

UQ Application Dates

Open: 29th March 2021 (Open now!)
Close: 27th April 2021 (U.S only) / 9th May 2021

Need more information

Please contact employability@uq.edu.au