NEXSTEP equip and empower the next generation of learners to reach full potential through competency-based internships in Asia.

NEXSTEP Internships Abroad enables you to participate in work experience overseas. NEXSTEP ensure anyone can participate in an Internship Program according to their own availability, goals, dreams and personal limitations. The team provide participants with personal and professional enrichment through unique in-country social network experiences, career advice, one-on-one support as well as opportunities to develop professional skills in various internship industries. 

What can I participate in?

NEXSTEP offer a range of in-person internship opportunities over a wide array of sectors across China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea in the following fields:

  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computer Sciences
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Film & Animation
  • Finance
  • Gaming
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Relations
  • IOT
  • Journalism
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Media
  • NGO
  • Public Relations
  • Research
  • Social causes
  • System Design
  • Tourism
  • UX/UI
  • Visual Design

Further information on each sector, can be found on the NEXSTEP website.

Application Instructions

All applicants must meet the UQ Internship Eligibility Criteria and any other criteria as outlined by the host organisation. Students are required to apply to both UQ and NEXSTEP via the buttons below.

Students will receive access to their Internships Workflow once their application is approved by the Internships and Global Experiences Team. 



Costs & Inclusions

Program fee is approximately AUD $5,340 - $9200 depending on the location and length of the internship. More information regarding program fees can be found on the host website.


6 weeks: AUD $4,990

8 weeks: AUD $5,340

Shanghai, China8 weeks: AUD $7,720
Kyoto, Japan

6 weeks: AUD $6,990

8 weeks: AUD $8,400

South Korea

6 weeks: AUD $7,290

8 weeks: AUD $8,690

Singapore8 weeks: AUD $8,990
Hong Kong8 weeks: AUD $9,200

This cost includes:

  • 30 Hours per week
  • Guaranteed Internship
  • Furnished Housing & Utilities
  • Monthly Activities
  • Airport Pick-up reception & Drop off
  • NEXSTEP Gateway Orientation
  • Local Sim Data
  • Transportation Pass
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Health & Travel Insurance
  • Immigration Visa Assistance*
  • Pre-departure Advising
  • NEXSTEP Personal Branding Workbook
  • Resume Review & Work Interview Preparation
  • First day of Work Induction
  • Learning Objectives Outcome Evaluation
  • Student Handbook
  • Letter of Recommendation & Certificate of Completion


Funding is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. Funding should not be a factor when developing your budget and should only be considered supplementary financial support if awarded. 

Applicants will be considered for only one grant per application round.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Eligible students are guaranteed a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants valued at $4,000 AUD for NEXSTEP: InPerson Internships for Singapore & Thailand.

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered. There is no additional application required. Applicants will need to submit supporting documentation (host acceptance, bank details) by the relevant deadline.  

This grant is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met. Students who are due to graduate at the end of semester 2, 2023 will not be eligible for this grant. 

Internships and Global Experiences Grants

When you submit your application for an internship, you are automatically considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding page for details.

Credit for Internships

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 10 September 2023
Host: 10 September 2023

Program Dates

Start: 27 November 2023
End: 19 January 2024

Duration: 6-8 weeks


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: In-person
Credit: For-credit or Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate

Internship Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.

Information Sessions

Past Information Session Recordings:

NEXSTEP Internships | April 2021 | Session recording