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:

  • 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 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 NEXSTEP

Costs & Inclusions

Program fee is AUD $1,695. 

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


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.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Limited New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants for eligible students valued at $1,200 AUD for Next Step Connections: Virtual Internships for China, HK, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and 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. 

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

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