Australian Embassy
Indonesia

Internships

List of internship placements available

Australian Border Force (ABF) Internship (1 position)

An internship opportunity exists with the Australian Border Force at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. The role of the ABF is to protect Australia’s border and enable legitimate travel and trade.  ABF is the Australian authority that manages Immigration and Customs functions at the border as well as the civil maritime security agency. The ABF works closely with a range of other law enforcement and government agencies to ensure Australia’s national security, combat transnational serious organised crime and counter trade and migration fraud.

The ABF in Indonesia focus on several specific border priorities, including trade enforcement, migration system and border protection.

Summary of Duties

The intern will directly support a capacity building program. They will work closely with ABF officers to plan, schedule and support delivery of a three week curricular development workshop and Train the Trainer program for Vessel – Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS). This will become a model for future capacity building activities delivered by ABF supporting the development of sustainable training models for partner agencies.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will have a personal interest in border management, border enforcement and civil maritime security with a tertiary education background in these areas, or relevant industry experience, or program and project management, or curricular development and training experience. This will be supported by strong written and oral communication skills. The candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural team. The candidate will demonstrate an ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Initiative, confidence and innovative thinking are essential. Indonesian language skills would be an advantage.

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Australian Consulate-General Makassar Internship (1 position)

The Australian Consulate-General in Makassar promotes business, education, people-to-people and cultural links between Australia and eleven provinces in eastern Indonesia. The Consulate-General also provides consular and passport services to Australian citizens in these provinces.

Summary of duties

Provide high level support to senior staff on a wide variety of tasks which may include:

  • Assisting with arrangements for meetings;
  • Undertaking research;
  • Responding to general enquiries;
  • Assisting with social media work (webpage, twitter, etc.);
  • Assisting with consular planning and outreach;
  • Other duties as required.

This unique internship will provide the successful candidate the opportunity to learn about the many facets of Australia’s international engagement and relationship management. They will receive good experience and knowledge surrounding the Australian Government’s engagement in Eastern Indonesia, event planning, research, as well as hands-on learning.

Desired skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in international relations, law, social sciences, arts or related field, with strong analytical, writing and communication skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in economics and international trade, and international diplomacy.

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Australian Consulate-General Surabaya Internship (2 positions)

The Australian Consulate-General in Surabaya promotes business, education, people-to-people and cultural links between Australia and East Java, Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta. The focus of the Consulate-General is on enhancing trade and building economic partnership opportunities in East Java, Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta, including in financial services, education, health, manufacturing and infrastructure. The Consulate-General also works to bolster people-to-people links between Australian and Indonesia and provides consular and other services to Australians in this dynamic region of Indonesia.

Economic internship

Summary of Duties

The intern will work with Consulate staff, the business community, educational institutions, local associations and boards to promote Australia’s economic (partnership opportunities). Research into potential growth sectors and assistance with economic diplomacy initiatives is required. The intern will support Australian Consulate-General economic diplomacy activities including at meetings and events with Indonesian government officials and stakeholders from the private sector. The intern will carry out economic analysis and research into trade and investment opportunities in East Java, Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta and identify areas of potential interest to guide future strategies.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in economic related studies, with strong research, writing and communication skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in economics and international trade.

Public Diplomacy internship

Summary of Duties

The intern will assist in managing public events, social media presence, website content and contact databases for the Australian Consulate-General Surabaya. The role includes assistance in developing public diplomacy activities and concepts, liaising with local partners such as media organisations, alumni, schools and universities, government, commercial providers, business and cultural institutions. The intern will assist with drafting speeches and media content, including social media, taking photos and videos at events. Other duties include monitoring developments in the media and social media in Indonesia.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in communications, journalism, digital media or design, public relations, social science or the liberal arts with strong writing skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in the field of media and/or international relations.

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Corporate Internship (2 positions)

Two internship opportunities exist with the protocol and property section of Consular and Administration (C&A) branch of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.  The C&A branch is responsible for the management aspect of the post including Human Resources, Finance, Protocol, Consular, Property and IT.  The section services approx. 350 locally-engaged staff members and 170 Australian-based staff.   

Property Section Internship

The intern will be placed in the property section during the internship period. You will get a firsthand experience on the property team’s operations and provide a wide range of support including:

  • Contribute and involve in various property projects
  • Assist with inventory management
  • Assist with property inspections
  • Be involved in the process of setting up meeting rooms and understanding functions requirements

Protocol Section Internship

The intern will be placed in the protocol section during the internship period. You will get a firsthand experience on the protocol’s team’s operations and provide a wide range of support including:

  • Assist with Protocol processes
  • Assist in preparation of VAT returns
  • General office duties

You will develop your organisational and communication skills as you liaise with multiple stakeholders and clients within a diverse and fast-paced corporate environment. Interns will also get the opportunity to assist with ministerial and other high level visits.

Desired Skills

The successful candidates will need to demonstrate strong writing and communication skills in both written and spoken English, excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.

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Development Cooperation Internship

Five development cooperation internship opportunities exist with the Governance and Human Development and Economics, Investment and Infrastructure Branches of DFAT in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.  These Branches manage the Australian Government’s development cooperation program, in the areas of governance, poverty and social development, humanitarian response, economic governance, public sector reform and infrastructure. Responsibilities also include the policy, performance and operations of Australia’s development cooperation with Indonesia and maintaining the Embassy’s humanitarian response capability.

Summary of Duties

The interns will support development cooperation program management, help to manage policy and performance information, including undertaking research on key development policy areas; coordination across the development program, including the Embassy and with DFAT Canberra; support senior management at the Embassy to conduct official business, such as scheduling and drafting briefings for meetings; and support the Embassy’s relationships. Interns will also contribute to DFAT’s monitoring and evaluation, gender and social inclusion work, and assist with risk management.

This opportunity will provide exposure to development program and policy areas that the Embassy is involved with, in cooperation with Indonesian and international counterparts. It will also provide the opportunity to understand the range of development programming undertaken by the Australian Government in Indonesia, and how this contributes to furthering Australia’s interest in the region. 

Desired Skills

The successful candidates must be currently completing or have recently completed postgraduate study in a relevant field. The interns must also be able to demonstrate strong communication skills in both written and spoken English; interpersonal skills and the ability to form productive relationships in a cross-cultural environment; ability to provide sound analysis and exercise good judgment when providing advice; knowledge of development issues relevant to DFAT and the development context of Indonesia; and administrative skills and experience, including an ability to work independently and as part of a team, as well as under pressure to meet deadlines.

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Digital Diplomacy Internship

An internship opportunity exists with the Digital Diplomacy Section of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta. 

The Digital Diplomacy Section is responsible for reporting on Indonesia’s digital landscape and start-up ecosystem, as well as whole of Australian Government digital communications and social media messaging in Indonesia.

Summary of Duties

  • Create content for the Embassy’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Monitor social media and report on particular issues of interest
  • Provide social media support for Embassy communications, functions and events
  • Assist with multimedia production  
  • Assist with event planning and management.    
  • Undertake research in relation to social media and digital trends in Indonesia

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in communications, journalism, digital media or design, or public relations, with strong writing skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in the field of digital media production and/or international relations.

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Economic and Trade Policy Internship

The Economic Section manages Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Indonesia.  Officers in the section work closely with counterparts from the Indonesian government, as well from the private sector, in order to facilitate Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Indonesia.  Responsibilities of the section include monitoring, analysis and advice to the Australian Government on the domestic, regional and global developments affecting Indonesia’s trade and investment environment. 

Summary of Duties

As part of a team and guided by senior staff, the intern will participate on behalf of the Embassy at economic forums and conferences and in meetings with stakeholders from the private sector. The intern will also carry out research into the rules and economic developments affecting trade and investment in Indonesia, and apply her/his findings to help develop Australia’s international trade and investment policy. The intern will also have the opportunity to assist in the management of the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in economic related studies, with strong research, writing and communication skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in economics and international trade.

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Education Internship

An internship opportunity exists with the Department of Education and Training in the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.  The section is responsible for government-to-government education engagement between Australia and Indonesia and deals with a range of issues and stakeholders.  The Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education and the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture are two of the main stakeholders in Indonesia. The main aim of this work is to increase strategic engagement by the Australian international education sector with Indonesia. Please note, education cooperation for development purposes is led by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and is not a primary function of the Department of Education and Training.

Summary of Duties

The intern will assist with a specific project related to education policy and research issues. This project might involve conducting independent research to source information and analyse data relevant to the Australia-Indonesia international education relationship. This role may also provide opportunities to assist with project/event management and support general administrative duties as directed.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate strong writing and communication skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in the field of international education.

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Media and Public Diplomacy Internship

An internship opportunity exists with the Media and Public Diplomacy section of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.  The section is responsible for promoting Australia as a contemporary, creative, successful, diverse and tolerant nation; and an attractive place to study, work, visit, live and invest. It is also responsible for communications, messaging and issues management. This includes managing external media management and outreach and promoting Australia-Indonesia exchanges in the creative industries including fashion, film, visual arts, performing arts and music, as well as sport and science and innovation.

Summary of Duties

The intern will assist with:

  • Developing and implementing programs and activities targeting the creative sectors.
  • Monitor daily media and report on particular issues of interest.
  • Assisting with event planning and management.
  • Provide media support for Embassy events.
  • Assist with media releases and other publicity.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in communications, journalism or public relations or cultural diplomacy, with strong writing skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work at cultural events organised by the Embassy and be involved in event planning.

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Political Internship

An internship opportunity exists with the Political section of the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.  The Political section is responsible for building and maintaining Australia’s political relationship with Indonesia by engaging groups including the Government of Indonesia, parliament, regional governments, civil society and academia.  The Political section advocates on behalf of the Australian Government, represents its interests to various stakeholders and reports on political issues with relevance to the Australian Government.

Summary of Duties

The intern will assist with monitoring and reporting on political developments in Indonesia, including legislation and policy developments.  Regular work will include preparation of research papers on a broad range of topics.  The intern could potentially work across a range of duties including domestic politics, international relations, human rights, law and security.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to attend events including seminars, conferences and receptions related to the work of the section.  The role supports the Political section and will develop strong communication skills as the role liaises with multiple stakeholders and clients within a diverse and fast-paced policy environment.

Desired Skills

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate an educational background in international relations, law, social sciences, arts or related field, with strong analytical, writing and communication skills; excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; an ability to work independently and in a team; show initiative and have a personal interest in the field of international diplomacy.

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