NEXSTEP was voted 2017’s most innovative internship program by for its Virtual Internship Initiative. As companies transition to remote work structures, it is clear that our work reality has changed and the lasting impact of how work will be conducted online makes a virtual internship experience life-changing and future-ready for the next generation of leaders.

What can I participate in?

NEXSTEP offer a range of virtual internship opportunities over a wide array of sectors across China and India in the following fields:

  • Computer sciences
  • UX/UI, Engineering
  • Design
  • Digital Marketing
  • Systems Design
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Legal
  • Engineering

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.

  1. Submit an application to the Internships and Global Experiences Team and
  2. Submit an application to NEXSTEP

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

Apply to UQ Apply to NEXSTEP


Costs & Inclusions

Program fee is AUD $1,495This includes a deposit of approximately AUD $630 or USD $400. 

Eligible UQ students have the option to pay either the application fee at the time of application or instead a deposit when your application is ready to proceed to the placement matching process. Please use the code ‘UQVIRTUAL’ on your NEXSTEP application form if you prefer the latter.

This cost includes:

  1. Guaranteed Authentic Tasks or Projects with a team of 2-3 in an Asian-based company
  2. Minimum 24 hours per week of remote work-based experience
  3. Resume Review
  4. Interview Preparation
  5. Personal Branding Workbook
  6. Comprehensive Gateway Orientation
  7. Weekly touchpoints
  8. Personal NEXSTEP Program Advisor
  9. Monthly Cultural & Employability Speakers Sessions
  10. Network with students & professionals
  11. Letter of Recommendation & a Learning Outcomes Report


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 will automatically be considered for an AUD$1,200 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants for NEXSTEP: Virtual Internships for China.

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, 2022 will not be eligible for this grant. 

Widening Participation Grant

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 2022
Host: 15 November 2022

Program Dates

Start: 2 January 2023
End:10 February 2023


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Virtual
Credit: For-credit or Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

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 Asia Remote Internships for Summer 2021/22 | September 2021
 Session recording

NEXSTEP Virtual Internships | April 2021 | Session recording