Australian Embassy


Internships at the Australian Embassy, Jakarta

Applications for internships at the Australian Embassy Jakarta are now closed. Please follow us on LinkedIn for updates on our next intake.

About the Internship Program

The Internship Program at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to gain valuable international relations experience working in Australia’s largest overseas post. As strategic partners, Indonesia and Australia enjoy an extensive framework of cooperation and interns will gain first-hand experience in strengthening this partnership.

Internship positions will be available across a range of disciplines related to the work of the Embassy including; economic and trade, political, corporate, public diplomacy, international development and defence. Interns will work closely with Australian officials as well as locally engaged staff.

The internships will be for a period of 8 weeks.

Interns will be responsible for a discrete project that is meaningful to both the Embassy and the intern’s learning and development. Duties may include:

  • research and reporting on economic, political, agricultural or education issues;
  • supporting public diplomacy campaigns and events;
  • supporting finance and corporate management;
  • reporting on development outcomes; or
  • supporting the design of development interventions.


To participate in the program students must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian or Indonesian citizen;
  • currently completing or recently completed a postgraduate degree;
  • be available for the full internship period; and
  • have Intermediate English (at a minimum).

Students with a connection to Australian or Indonesian international relations are preferred.


Internships are unpaid.

Interns will be responsible for all costs associated with the internship. These may include but are not limited to: transport costs to and from the Embassy, travel and living arrangements, travel and medical insurance valid for Indonesia, passports and visas.

Internships will not guarantee any future employment rights.

Application and selection

The selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of positions available.  Applications should be thorough and demonstrate the student’s qualifications and suitability against the relevant criteria.

Please note that:

  • only those applicants short-listed for a telephone-interview will be contacted
  • should your application be successful, you will be required to complete a security/probity check before starting your internship.

For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section in the first instance. All other enquiries should be directed to

Frequently Asked Questions 

When are the application periods?
We expect to have 2-3 internship intakes a year, with application periods to be advertised on the Australian Embassy in Jakarta website.

Do you accept applications outside of the recruitment period?

Do you accept applications from undergraduates?
No, we are accepting postgraduate applications.

What do you consider 'recent' in terms of graduation from postgrad course?
We will accept applications from individuals that have graduated in the past 12 months.

Do I have to be Australian to undertake an internship?
Our internships are open to Australian and Indonesian citizens only at this stage.

How do I address the Selection Criteria?
Our selection criteria follow the models commonly used in government recruitment. When addressing the selection criteria you need to outline examples of specific situations that demonstrate your abilities and claims against them.

What language should my application be in?
Your application and CV must be in English as this is the working language of the Embassy.

Who can be a referee (as requested in the application form)?
We are looking for referees such as former employers and University Professors who will be able to comment on your skills, character and suitability for an internship.

How many internship places are there?
We expect to offer a total of ten places for the initial intake, but this may increase in future rounds.

If I’m not successful in this intake can I apply in another round?

Can internships be shortened or extended?
No, the internship is a structured program designed to develop the learning skills and experience of students.  An 8 week program is considered the minimum period of time to achieve this aim.

How many hours am I expected to work?
Working hours for locally engaged staff at the Embassy are Monday-Friday 07.45-4.00pm. Unless an alternative is agreed on, you should anticipate working the same hours as Embassy staff.

Does the internship include any allowances?
Our internships are unpaid and are on a voluntary basis. We do not provide allowances for travel, transport, accommodation, health insurance, passports and visas etc. You may however try to seek funding from your university or other organisation.

What is involved in the security/probity checks?
Security/probity checks require applicants to undergo a police check and submit supporting documents regarding their identity, employment history and character. This information is held in strict confidence.  If you are selected for an internship, the embassy will send you further information. 

Do interns get public holidays?
Interns will receive the same public holidays as Embassy staff. Interns may take a one-week break for Idul Fitri if this is within their internship period.

What visa should Australian interns apply for?
The Embassy will provide further information on this to Australian applicants who have been selected for the internship program.