Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin
Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin
We welcome applications from university students and recent graduates currently based in Germany expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Australian Embassy Berlin.
We are currently seeking one intern for our Public Diplomacy/Political/Economic section for each of the periods of June-August 2021 and September-November 2021 (internships are typically full time and last between 10 and 12 weeks). Applications close on Monday, 10 May 2021. 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.
The focus of these internships will be on assisting with the Embassy’s communication and social media work, carrying out Public Diplomacy events with a cultural, political/economic or scientific background and producing outreach material (including photos, videos, invitation cards etc). It may also involve research assistance and drafting reports on political and economic developments in Germany, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
We seek candidates who demonstrate an interest in international political affairs, in particular the Australian-German bilateral relationship, as well as experience with researching relevant information. Experience and/or an interest in social media, event organisation, drafting bilingual texts in English and German as well as photography and/or graphic design would be beneficial.
Interns may (when COVID-safe and appropriate) also have the opportunity to attend political and economic events (e.g. hearings, presentations, seminars etc) as well as cultural events in Berlin on behalf of the Embassy.
Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities. Travel costs, travel and living arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. We are seeking interns who are undergraduate students currently based in Germany (who have successfully completed at least 3 semesters of their course before starting an internship here) or postgraduate students currently enrolled in a university.
We require applicants to have an advanced level of both German and English.
To apply for an internship at the Australian Embassy Berlin, please email your CV and the completed application form (PDF format) to [email protected] ensuring your name and preferred intake period are 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.
Please also note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, at least part of the internship will involve remote work. Based on the COVID-19 regulations at the time, we will be able to provide more specific information to the successful candidate.
For further information, please send an email to [email protected]
Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted. We cannot acknowledge the receipt of applications.
We thank all applicants for their interest.
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 one or two places per intake period.
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 60 applications.
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.
If you have any further questions please contact [email protected]