Gain exposure to the working environment of a Latin American Embassy

The Student Employability Centre, in collaboration with the Global Engagement Office, coordinates a volunteer extra-curricular internship program with a number of Latin American embassies in Canberra over the Summer and Winter breaks. The volunteer internship represents a fantastic opportunity if you have an interest in Latin American culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business.

The objective of the volunteer 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 2020

Dates: Monday 13th July 2020 - Friday 31st July 2020   
Duration: 3 weeks
Participating Embassies: Embassy of Ecuador, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela
Location: Canberra, Australia

The duties of the intern may include general office administration, executive support to the Ambassador, consular services, translation, event coordination and liaison with other Latin American embassies.

Please note: Travel restrictions may impact the running of this program, due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19)​ situation. For further information on how the University is responding to this, please visit the information webpage

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

  • Be currently enrolled in coursework towards a full degree program at The University of Queensland (eg. undergraduate, honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or coursework masters levels of study) 
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the internship (eg. continued enrolment)
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year 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).
  • Be able to travel to Canberra on the selected dates and organise and fund their own travel.
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 Latin American culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business
  • Highly regarded: Experience in project and event management, and high level of Spanish language skills suitable for a professional environment
  • Be able to complete an activity report within three weeks of completing the program.

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.

Each successful intern will receive a modest grant to assist with the cost of transport to Canberra, accommodation and living costs. Interns will need to fund additional costs associated with the internship, such as transport costs around Canberra, spending money and additional activities expenses. Previous interns have reported that the cost of living in Canberra was much higher than they had anticipated.

The Student Employability Centre highly recommends that applicants research and consider the associated cost of living and working in Canberra when applying.

Winter 2020: Applications for Winter 2020 ave now closed.

Summer 2021: Applications for Summer 2021 will be opened in August 2020.


Application Dates

Winter 2020 Applications have now closed.

Summer 2021: Applications for Summer 2021 will be opened in August 2020.

Need more information

Please contact the Student Employability Centre via email