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.

Summer 2022 Program

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

Embassy Duration Dates Location Application Closing Dates
Participating Embassies 4 weeks

Monday 17th January - Friday 11th February 2022

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

Monday 4th October 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 Summer 2022. 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)
  • 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
  • Be able to complete a full feedback report on your experience within two weeks of completing the program

*For Spanish speaking Embassy only.

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 Summer 2022.

In-Person Internship

Students who are successfully placed with an Embassy Internship for Summer 2022 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 due to travel restrictions in place at the time of the internship will not be eligible for a grant.


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 are two courses through which undergraduate students could gain credit for the UQ Embassy Internship Program: PHSS2000 and POLS3801.

1. PHSS2000: Practical Employability Experience

HASS encourages students to enrol in PHSS2000 in Summer Semester to gain credit for this internship. To enrol in the course, students must meet the below eligibility criteria:

  • Be an undergraduate student
  • Complete 16 units of undergraduate study before the course start date
  • Have 2 units of elective space within their program
  • Undertake work experience for a minimum of 80 hours at a time that aligns with the course schedule
  • Be prepared to attend all learning activities and complete assessment for the course

Approval process: The UQ Embassy Program administrators will inform the course administrator of the number of student applications which may require credit through PHSS2000. Shortlisted(*) students must submit the course EOI and receive approval to enrol in the course prior to commencing their internship.

2. 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.

Summer 2022: Application are now closed.

Winter 2022: TBC, applications will open between March - April 2022.

Key Dates

Summer Program 2022

Start: 17th January 2022
End: 11th February 2022

UQ Application Dates

Open: 6th September 2021
Close: 4th October 2021

Need more information

Please contact iget@uq.edu.au