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

These remote international internships build essential critical skills and knowledge for charting and navigating your future career. Acquired competencies include networking, creative problem- solving, navigating workplace challenges, multicultural diversity, interviewing, and sustainable business practice. Course includes guided mentorship, competency-based assessment, and engaged online learning through active participation in workshops, case-studies, role-playing, and virtual presentations.

What can I participate in?

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

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Information Technology
  • Journalism
  • Visual design
  • Marketing, Advertising
  • Media, Film and Animation
  • Social, Environment & Sustainability
  • Hr Management
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Online Education

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 AUD $1,495

This cost includes:

  1. Guaranteed Projects with a team of 2-3 in an Asian-based organisation
  2. 30 hours per week of remote work-based experience
  3. Resume Review
  4. Interview Preparation
  5. Personal Branding Workbook
  6. Comprehensive Future of Work Orientation
  7. Weekly touchpoints
  8. NEXSTEP Program Advisor
  9. Monthly Cultural & Employability Speakers Sessions
  10. Network with students & professionals
  11. Letter of Recommendation & a Learning Outcomes Report

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Limited New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants for eligible students valued at $1,200 AUD for NEXSTEP: Virtual Internships for China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, The 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. 


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.

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


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Virtual
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 Asia Remote Internships for Summer 2021/22 | September 2021
 Session recording

NEXSTEP Virtual Internships | April 2021 | Session recording