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 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.

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. 

Applications for Summer 2021/22 have now closed.


Costs & Inclusions

Program fee is approximately AUD $1,400 - $1,800 depending on the length of the internship. This includes a deposit of approximately AUD $630 or USD $400. 

NEXSTEP will also give 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’ on your NEXSTEP application form 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 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 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 2, 2021 will not be eligible for this grant. 

Widening Participation Grant & Short-term Experiences 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: Applications Closed
Host: Applications Closed

Program Dates
6 Week Session A

Start: 22 November 2021
End: 31 December 2021

6 Week Session B

Start: 03 January 2022
End: 11 February 2022

12 Week Session

Start: 22 November 2021
End: 11 February 2022


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