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. 

Without lighting or power, you are unable to do simple things such as read at night or charge a phone. However, this is the reality for ~90% of Malawians who do not have access to electricity – this is one of the lowest rates of electrification in the world.

Even for those who are connected to the grid, power outages are a regular occurrence, making it an unreliable source of power. Philip, a local, sums up the situation: “Electricity in Malawi isn’t reliable. I would struggle to even cook sometimes because I have no light to prepare my meals. I would end up losing motivation and skip dinner that night”.


Project Everest has assessed the supply, quality, and cost of energy sources in Malawi, and is providing clean, safe affordable energy alternatives in the form of solar power.

We distribute solar home systems to Malawian households, which supplies enough power to cover the basic energy needs of our customers. Solar home systems consist of a solar panel, a battery, 2-3 light bulbs, and a USB charging port. 

Solar home systems are a more suitable alternative to the grid, or other energy alternatives such as torches, paraffin lamps or candles. It provides accessible and affordable energy to everyday Malawians, especially the 90% not connected to the grid or dependent on torches, paraffin lamps or candles.

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: Blantyre, Malawi
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.​