Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin
We welcome applications from university students and recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin and are currently seeking interns for the period April-August 2017 (typically internships last between 8 and 12 weeks). Applications for this period close on Tuesday, 31 January 2017. Applications received outside these dates will not be considered.
Internships allow university students with an interest in Australia’s international relations to gain an insight into the work of the Embassy. Every intern has a different set of experiences; our aim is to give you some exposure to different areas of the Embassy’s activities.
We are currently seeking one intern for our Public Diplomacy branch. The focus of this internship will be on assisting with carrying out events in the context of the Australia now 2017 cultural program, including organising events, drafting texts and creating content for our Australia now website and social media channels.
Furthermore, we are currently seeking one intern for our Political-Economic Section. Internship tasks will involve research assistance, drafting reports on political and economic developments in Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, responses to inquiries from Australian departments. A special focus of the Embassy’s work in 2017 will be on Germany’s G20 presidency and the related G20 topics. Therefore, an understanding of the G20 agenda, including the Australian interests, is necessary.
Interns will also have the opportunity to attend political and economic events (eg hearings, presentations, seminars etc) as well as cultural events in Berlin.
Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities. Travel costs, travel and living arrangements as well as travel insurance are the responsibility of the intern. We are seeking interns who are undergraduate students (who have successfully completed at least 3 semesters of their course before starting an internship here), postgraduate students or recent graduates. We require applicants to have at least an intermediate level of German.
To apply for an internship at the Australian Embassy Berlin, please email your C.V. and the completed application form to email@example.com ensuring your name is included the subject field.
Please note that, should your application be successful, you will be required to complete a security check before starting your internship.
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We thank all applicants for their interest; however please note that only those applicants short-listed for a telephone-interview will be contacted.
When are the application periods?
We have no fixed dates but aim to follow the following time frames each year when recruiting:
|Intake Period||Application Period (Website Announcement)|
|January-March||Please note that we can't accept applications for the January-March 2017 period.|
|April-July/August||15 December - 31 January|
Do you accept applications outside of the recruitment period?
Do I have to be Australian to undertake an internship?
No, our internships are open to all nationalities.
How do I address the Selection Criteria?
Our criteria follow the models commonly used in government recruitment. When addressing the selection criteria you need to provide statements addressing specific situations that demonstrate your interest, abilities and claims.
What language should my application be in?
Your application and CV must be in English as it 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 the applicant’s suitability for an internship.
How many internship places there are?
We offer two places per intake period. Internships are staggered so there will be a period where you work alone and a period where your internship will overlap with another person’s.
How many people usually apply for the internships?
The number varies. We are in the process of developing the program and are promoting it on a wider scale. In our last round we received around 80 applications.
Do you accept applications from recent graduates?
If I’m not successful in this intake can I apply in another round?
Yes, we have limited availability so can’t accept everyone. Repeat applications are welcome.
Due to study/ work commitments, I only have 6 weeks available to intern. Do you accept interns for periods under 8 weeks?
No. In our experience, we have found that 8 weeks is the minimum time necessary for our interns to settle in, complete the projects set for them and obtain value from their experience.
How many hours am I expected to work?
Working hours at the Embassy are Monday-Thursday 9am-5.00pm and Friday 9am-4.15pm. Unless an alternative is agreed on, you should anticipate working the same hours as embassy staff.
Can I attend university whilst undertaking the internship?
We understand many interns are still completing their studies, so to balance working with university commitments we can be flexible with hours. If your application is successful, the hours would need to be agreed to early on, preferably before commencing with us.
Is the internship paid/ are there any allowances?
Our internships are unpaid and are on a voluntary basis. We do not provide allowances for meals, transport, accommodation, health insurance etc. You may try to seek funding from your tertiary institution.
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How do former interns describe the internship experience?
Georgina Papworth (April-June 2016)
"The internship program went above and beyond my expectations and is by far the most valuable professional experience I have gained to date. Prior to beginning the internship I had little idea of what to expect and in retrospect had only a basic understanding of the work that DFAT's overseas posts actually do. I was amazed to be given meaningful tasks right from the start. I am leaving the internship with a much clearer idea of what a career in DFAT or foreign policy more broadly is actually like, a sharpened insight into German politics and government, and an even keener desire to pursue a career in this field."
Caitlin Clifford (January-February 2016)
"The Australian Embassy offers interns meaningful, challenging and rewarding tasks. It exposes you to policy work, public affairs and a chance to experience diplomacy in practice. The embassy staff are very generous with their time and expertise – I felt supported and valued as a member of their team. Individual supervision by Australian diplomats is also outstanding. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone interested in Australian and German politics or a career in foreign affairs."
Brenton Kanowski (January-March 2016)
"An internship with the Australian Embassy in Berlin is a rare opportunity. It gives one a unique insight into the work of an overseas diplomatic mission and the experience of seeing how the Australian Foreign Service operates. From events in the German Parliament, to Australia Day in the embassy courtyard - you will enjoy a wide breadth of activities which would otherwise be inaccessible. You will be involved in proper political and economic policy work . What’s more; colleagues are friendly, Berlin is exceptional and this really might just give you a taste of life as a diplomat and a potential career for the future."
Hilary (September-December 2015)
“Interning at the Australian Embassy in Berlin has given me a far deeper insight into Australia’s presence in Germany and in Europe as a whole. It was a particularly exciting time to be at the Embassy, with the release of the Australia-Germany Advisory Group Report and a visit by the Prime Minister, and I really appreciate how everyone in the team trusted me to complete meaningful tasks. The internship program exposes you to various undertakings of the Embassy, including policy work, public affairs and cultural events. It is an immensely valuable experience for anyone wishing to pursue a career in diplomacy or Australian-German relations.”
Mark (June - July 2015)
"The internship at the Australian Embassy in Berlin offers a challenging and rewarding experience. From day one you are tasked with manageable yet meaningful work. The work is topical, diverse and real. The embassy staff are generous with their time and expertise and welcome you as a colleague. Thanks to the internship I now have a far deeper understanding of what goes in the day-to-day life of a diplomatic mission and a greater insight into German-Australian relations looking forward. I would definitely recommend the Internship to anyone who is interested in Germany and looking for a career in policy."