NEXSTEP was voted 2017’s most innovative internship program by goabroad.com 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 like yourself.

As student are not able to travel abroad, we should not limit their access to gaining work experience in an international context, therefore a creative learning structure for virtual internships combines both global engagements with real-world project-based experience.

Additionally, as companies adapt to their remote work structures, it is likely the coronavirus pandemic will be having a lasting impact on how work is conducted around the world. As such, utilising this time to building up experience of remote working is criterial to preparing our next generation of leaders for this new way of working.

What can I participate in?

NEXSTEP offer a range of virtual internship opportunities over a wide array of sectors across Singapore, China, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, India and Indonesia in the following fields:

  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • HR Management
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Marketing, Advertising and PR
  • Media, Film and Animation
  • Online Education
  • Social
  • Visual Design

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

What did past students say: 'Would you recommend this experience?'

Trisha Husada Dantani is an Indonesian national, studying at UQ, passionate about writing.

"The experience I had of interning with Sinomedia in Shanghai has been memorable. I learned a lot of valuable skills especially within the field of economic journalism as I was writing articles for the China Economic Review and the CK Knowledge Magazine that focuses on insights and snapshots of current trends in the countries. I was able to do research and compile it for article drafts and comb through sources for big-piece articles. Furthermore, since they are also a publishing house, I told them I was writing a novel and they loved the concept so much they want to work on it and publish it for the masses! Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience I am grateful for NEXSTEP for providing me with this valuable opportunity."

Eligibility and application

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

Apply to UQ  Apply to host 

Costs & Inclusions

The virtual internship program model is based on the number of participating students. For an overview of the program fees, see below:

AUD $1,400 for UQ students who are successfully placed within a program. 
This includes the deposit of approx. AUD $630 or USD $400. NEXSTEP will also grant a AUD $200 scholarship to each successful UQ student.

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’ if you prefer the latter.

UQ students must apply to both UQ and NEXSTEP for participation with the UQ rate. Otherwise the standard rate is USD $1,495.

This cost includes:

  1. Guaranteed Authentic Tasks or Projects with a team of 2-3 in an Asian-based company
  2. Minimum 25 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

New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grant

Eligible students are considered for one of the ten+ AUD$1,200 New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grants for NEXSTEP Virtual Internships in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand & Vietnam

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 1, 2021 will not be eligible for this grant. 

Short-term Experiences Grant

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered for a Short-term Experience Grant. 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 1, 2021 will not be eligible for this grant. 

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: 30 April 2021 - extended 16 May 2021
Host: 20 May 2021

Program Dates

Start: 20 June 2021
End: 25 July 2021

 

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 Virtual Internships | April 2021 | Session recording

NEXSTEP Virtual Internships | August 2020 | Session recording