Project Everest creates socially beneficial products and services that are tailored to solving issues in local communities. Affordable, effective, sustainable, and consistently available solutions to real-world problems. Project Everest's internationally based internships expose you to the experience of tackling real social issues with a multidisciplinary team of other socially-minded students, learning leadership skills, being immersed within the local community, and being part of the global social change movement. 

This project is a technology enabled solution that empowers smallholder farmers in developing countries with appropriate cropping systems, retains value in the hands of primary producers, increases community health through the availability of nutritious food and protects the intellectual property of seed breeders.



Project Everest will be conducting an assessment of the agricultural supply chain in Fiji, Timor-Leste and India in order to validate the product-market fit of Diversity Arrays Technology (DArT) in developing countries. This project will build off the research conducted for FarmEd and Agriculture Assessment. 

Through our activities across Fiji, Timor-Leste and India, we aim to address several issues relating to agriculture and nutrition:


  1. Economic Empowerment - Two thirds of extremely poor employed workers worldwide are agricultural workers, with most subsistence farmers earning less than US$5/day (UN, 2019). Lack of market coordination can result in the oversupply of a small variety of crops and hence fluctuating prices. Exploitation of the supply chain by middlemen results in subsistence farmers earning unfair, unsustainable prices for their produce
  2. Food Security - There are 500 million small farms worldwide, most still rain-fed, providing up to 80% of food consumed in a large part of the developing world (UN, 2019). Severe weather, lack of access to farm management tools and limited crop biodiversity results in reduced crop yields and increased vulnerability to adverse conditions.
  3. Nutrition - 12.9% of the developing world’s population is undernourished, with poor nutrition causing 45% of deaths in children under five (UN, 2019). Just three cereal crops - rice, maize and wheat - provide 60% of energy intake (UN, 2019). Farmers in developing countries rely heavily on well-known and consistent crops, which generally have low nutritional content.
  4. Environment Degradation - Significant crop wastage and the incorrect use of pesticides has downstream effects on both land and sea environments. Soil erosion, loss of biodiversity and chemical outflow into the sea can be linked to poor agricultural practices.

We welcome all disciplines, we have found the major fields to be:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • IT
  • Conservation
  • Social Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Psychology
  • Humanities
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • History
  • Social Work
  • Teaching
  • Law
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Marketing

More information regarding the internship program can be found on the host program website

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact Project Everest for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ's short-term experience eligibility criteria.

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The program is approximately $4,980 AUD. More information regarding what is included in the program fee can be found on the host program website


Housing is included in the program fee.

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 March 2020
Host: 28 May 2020

Program Dates

Earliest Start: 29 June 2020
Latest End: 25 July 2020


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Nadi, Fiji
Credit: Not-for-credit*
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Some students may be able to receive credit towards their UQ program pending faculty approval. Please refer to the Credit for Internships page for more specific details.

Global Experiences 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.​