Australian Embassy
Germany

Intern

 

Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin

Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin

 

From time to time we offer internships at the Australian Embassy Berlin. However we are not currently accepting applications.

Internships allow university students and recent graduates with an interest in international relations to gain an insight into the work of the Embassy. During your internship, you will be working closely with Australian diplomatic staff, as well as locally engaged staff in the political/economic and Public Affairs section. We are seeking interns who are undergraduate students (who have successfully completed at least 4 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.

Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities.  Travel costs, travel, insurance and living arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. Typically internships last between 8 and 12 weeks.  We do not accept applications from high school students.

 

For further information, please send an email to internship.berlin@dfat.gov.au

 

 

FAQ

 
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 internship.berlin@dfat.gov.au