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

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

Next Step Connections Internships Abroad enables you to participate in curated work experience in Asia. Next Step Connections ensures anyone can participate in an Internship Program according to their own availability, academic requirements, professional goals  and personal aspirations. The team provides participants with personal and professional enrichment through unique in-country social networking, cultural experiences, career advice, one-on-one support as well as opportunities to develop professional skills in various internship industries. 

What can I participate in?

Next Step Connections offer a range of in-person internship opportunities over a wide array of sectors across 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 Next Step Connections 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 Next Step Connections via the buttons below.

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 NEXTSTEP

Costs & Inclusions

Program fee is approximately AUD $4,495 - $6,595 depending on the location and length of the internship. More information regarding program fees can be found on the host website.


AUD $4,495

South Korea

AUD $5,590

SingaporeAUD $6,595

This cost includes:

  • 30 Hours per week
  • Guaranteed Internship
  • Furnished Housing & Utilities
  • Monthly Activities
  • Airport Pick-up reception & Drop off
  • Next Step Connections Gateway Orientation
  • Local Sim Data
  • Transportation Pass
  • 24/7 In-Country Support
  • Health & Travel Insurance
  • Immigration Visa Assistance*
  • Pre-departure Advising
  • Next Step Connections 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 Next Step Connections: 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.  

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: 14 April 2024
Host: 14 April 2024

Program Dates

Start: 16 June 2024
End: 20 July 2024

Duration: 5 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