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Applications for internships at the Australian Embassy Indonesia are now closed.

About the Internship Program

The Internship Program at the Australian Embassy Indonesia 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/Consulate-General including; economic and trade, political, corporate, public diplomacy, international development and education. 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/Consulate-General and the intern’s learning and development. Duties may include:

  • research and reporting on various economic, political, trade 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.

Internship Opportunities

There are a range of internship opportunities available.  Please click on each of the internship placements below to find out more:


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.

Application form

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

How do former interns describe the internship experience?

Kai (May-June 2017)

Australian Consulate-General, Makassar

“One word –unforgettable. I have nothing to say more than that. My internship experience at the Embassy was really life changing. I have earned more than I expected and make me keen to come back someday. I have learned a lot, for example about how to prioritize workloads and meet the tight deadlines. I was required to be an effective and efficient multi-tasker. The challenge is real, yet exciting. Also, my networking skill is significantly developed than ever before.”

Laura (May-July 2017)

“Through my internship I had the opportunity to engage with Indonesian academics, businesses, and non-government organisations and built people-to-people relationships in the policy, environment, research and development sectors across Indonesia. I particularly enjoyed attending workshops and forums with multilateral development agencies. This program provides a unique opportunity for young professionals to improve their skills and learn about DFAT and diplomacy. ”

Visit to inspect Australian-
supported road improvement
sites in Lombok

Elizabeth (May-July 2017)

“The opportunity to visit Australian Aid infrastructure projects in Lombok and to attend a training session with development partners was really special! Learning and being able to use Bahasa Indonesia in daily life in Jakarta has been very special too – the first time you are able to converse successfully is so fun.”

Jaidan (June-August 2016)

“The most exciting part of my job would be contributing to and participating in events. I had the opportunity to meet several high ranking and important Indonesian figures as well as the top members of the diplomatic community in Jakarta. You will experience opportunities that even career public servants have never had the chance to enjoy. You will make friends, learn a new culture and gain valuable workplace skills.”

What is a typical day for an intern?

Alexandra (May-July 2017)

“None of my days at the Embassy were typical! Most days included research and discussion with my supervisor about opportunities for the Embassy, I attended policy forums and panel discussions, participated in section meetings and learnt about the work of my colleagues. Enriching – personally, professionally and academically. I now have a far greater understanding of the depth and importance of the Australia-Indonesia relationship, as well as of the way an Australian foreign mission operates.”

Adam (May-July 2017)

“I was pleased with my internship program because I was given opportunity to do some 'real works'. My major project was doing a research to update educational linkages between tertiary education institutions in Indonesia and Australia. Through this process, I learnt challenges in collecting data for my project. I got the chance to draft the Feedback Form for Endeavour Scholarship and Fellowship promotional events. I also worked with the DET team to update monthly student data who are studying in Australia. In sum, I feel very lucky to be able to take part in building the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia."

Sunny (June-August 2016)

“I feel fortunate and pleased to have had the opportunity to work in the Australian Embassy Jakarta as I have been exposed what goes into maintaining people-to-people relationships between the two nations. This includes planning events, inviting guests, promotion, drafting and translating media alerts and releases, social media posts such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. It is especially rewarding to be a part of the team to put together a successful event with a great turnout and significant media presence, and getting firsthand experience at what public diplomacy is all about.”