The Projects Abroad Micro-finance internships are a unique way of gaining business skills while helping launch small businesses overseas.

These grassroots projects work with local groups and individuals to help start and sustain small enterprises which will change people’s lives through the provision of small, interest-free loans. Students take varied roles in planning, promoting, supporting, training and mentoring for volunteers from various backgrounds.


Join our Micro-finance internship in Cambodia and support entrepreneurs in disadvantaged communities. You’ll work with our local staff to provide business training and interest-free loans to those wishing to start or expand their own small businesses.

Very low incomes in Cambodia often make it difficult for business owners to reinvest in their business or to set aside savings. We offer them the opportunity to invest in the growth of their business and start earning a better income. To do this, we’ve partnered with Khemara, a local NGO. Together, we provide zero-interest loans to beneficiaries to promote economic development on a local level.

You’ll gain micro-finance work experience while living and working in the vibrant capital of Cambodia. You’ll stay at shared accommodation with other Projects Abroad interns and volunteers. During your time off on weekends, you’ll get to experience all that Phnom Penh has to offer.

This project accepts interns throughout the year, so you can join on the dates that suit you. You can stay from as little as two weeks. Projects Abroad encourage students to stay longer if possible so you can learn more and make a bigger impact. 

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 Projects Abroad 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 fee varies depending on program length. For a 4-week internship, the program fee is approximately $3,830 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.

Some Faculties allow students to receive credit towards their UQ program for internships or other non-study activities. The Global Experiences Team is unable to provide further advice regarding internships for credit. If you are interested in seeking credit, you must contact your Faculty/School directly for more information regarding your eligibility:

Contact your faculty:

Please note: If you are granted permission to receive credit for your participation in an internship program:

  • You may be responsible for paying UQ tuition fees in addition to the internship program fee
  • You may be eligible for funding provided through the OS-Help loan scheme

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 15 October
Host: 31 October

Program Dates

Earliest Start: 18 November 2019
Latest End: 22 February 2020


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Internship
Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Credit: Not-for-credit only
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

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.​