Gain exposure to the working environment of an International Embassy

The Student Employability Centre, in collaboration with the Global Engagement Office, coordinates a volunteer extra-curricular 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.

Summer Program 2021

Dates: Monday 18th January 2021 - Friday 12th February 2021*  
Duration: 4 weeks*
Possible Participating Embassies: Embassy of Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela*
Location: Virtual

*Internships for the Embassy of Venezuela run for 6 weeks from Monday 11th January 2021 - Friday 19th February 2021.

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

Please note: Due to travel restrictions in place the UQ Embassy Internship Program will be run as a virtual internship program for Summer 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.

*Due to the evolving situation of COVID-19, students may be considered for participation in this program if they are not currently enrolled. Students who are due to graduate at the end of semester 2, 2020 are also eligible to apply, although they may be ineligible for UQ Insurance while undertaking their internship. These exceptions are for this round of applications only.

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.


There are no grants or scholarships avaliable to students completing the UQ Embassy Internship Program virtually for Summer 2021.

Summer 2021: Applications for Summer 2021 are now closed.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Winter 2021: Application dates will be confirmed for this round in March 2021.

Key Dates

Summer Program 2021

Start: 18th January 2021
End: 19th February 2021

UQ Application Dates

Open: 14th September 2020
Close: 14th October 2020

*Internships for the Embassy of Venezuela will run for 6 weeks from Monday 11th Janaury 2021 - Friday 19th February 2021.

Need more information

Please contact the Student Employability Centre via email