Gain exposure to the working environment of a Latin American Embassy

The UQ Student Employability Centre, in collaboration with the UQ Global Engagement Office, coordinates a volunteer extra-curricular internship program with a number of Latin American embassies in Canberra over the Summer and Winter breaks. The volunteer internship represents a fantastic opportunity if you have an interest in Latin American culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business.

The objective of the volunteer internship program is to strengthen relations between The University of Queensland and the Embassy and offer meaningful networking opportunities and experience for students to gain exposure to the working environment of the Embassy.

Summer Program 2018

Dates: Monday 15 January - Friday 9 February (TBC)    
Duration: Four weeks
Participating Embassies: Embassy of Ecuador, Peru, Cuba, Uruguay, Mexico and El Salvador
Location: Canberra, Australia

The duties of the intern may include general office administration, executive support to the Ambassador, consular services, translation, event coordination and liaison with other Latin American embassies.


To be eligible to apply for the Latin America Internship Program, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in coursework towards a full degree program at The University of Queensland (eg. undergraduate, honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or coursework masters levels of study) 
  • Remain enrolled for the duration of the internship (eg. continued enrollment)
  • Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year study and master’s students must have completed one full-time semester or equivalent prior to applying.
  • Not be undertaking the internship during teaching weeks or periods when an applicant is enrolled in coursework (eg. summer semester).
  • Be able to travel to Canberra on the selected dates and organise and fund their own travel.
Selection Criteria

To be considered, you must meet and respond to the selection criteria as outlined in the application form:

  • Required: High academic achievement and an interest in Latin American culture and society, diplomacy, international relations and business
  • Highly regarded: Experience in project and event management and strong Spanish language skills
  • Be able to complete an activity report within four weeks of completing the program.

Please note that this is an extra-curricular activity and the program cannot be used towards course credit and cannot conflict with any exams or teaching weeks.


The UQ Student Employability Centre are offering $1,000 grants to successful internship applicants. The grant will contribute to flights, accommodation and living costs. Students will need to be able to fund the remaining costs associated with the internship such as general living and accommodation expenses.

How to apply

Applications are now open for the Summer 2018 program and will close 10 November 2018.


Applications for the Winter program 2018 will open in March 2018.

Application Dates

Summer 2018: Applications are now open, and close 10 November 2017

Winter 2018: Applications open in March 2018.

Need more information

Please contact the Student Engagement Team on 3365 2929 or email