Unpaid Internships

The Delegation of the European Union to Australia offers periods of internship of three to five months duration to young university graduates interested in acquiring work experience in the unique international environment of the Delegation. 


The Delegation of the European Union to Australia offers periods of non-remunerated internship of three to five months duration to young university graduates interested in acquiring work experience in the unique international environment of the Delegation.

Selection criteria

Successful applicants will be selected, in the first instance, on the basis of qualifications and degree of motivation.

Candidates should be young graduates with a first University diploma or should be studying in a University or relevant academic centre.

Candidates should be from the European Union Member States, the pre-accession states or nationals of Australia.

Deadline for applications

Applications must be received by 31 May for internships taking place during the period 1 August to 31 December of the same year; and by 30 November for internships taking place during the period 1 February to 30 June of the following year.

Application requirements

Applicants must already possess or be able to demonstrate they can obtain a legal entitlement to remain in Australia for the duration of the internship. 

Immigration, visa or residence requirements for non-Australians applying for an internship have to be managed entirely by the candidates themselves.

Applicants must have a thorough knowledge of English. Knowledge of other official languages of the European Union, particularly French, would be an advantage.

Applicants are requested to indicate which section within the Delegation they would prefer to work:

The Delegation follows the guidelines of the European External Action Service, and the recommendations of the Council of the European Union “Quality Framework for Traineeships” laid out at http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/lsa/141424.pdf

Of relevance to applicants is the following:

Prior employment

The European Union wishes to offer to as many people as possible the opportunity of in-service training. Therefore applications will not be accepted from candidates who – for more than six weeks:  

  • have already benefited or benefit from any kind of in-service training (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within a European institution or body, or  
  • who have had or have any kind of employment within a European institution or body of more than one year,

including anyone who is or has been an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, an intra-muros consultant or researcher, a temporary staff member, a contract staff member, an auxiliary staff member or an interim staff member of any EU institution, body, delegation or representative office.

Conditions of employment

The exact timing and duration of each internship will be mutually agreed between the Delegation and the successful candidate.

Interns will be expected to participate in the activities of the Delegation Monday to Friday (approximately 37½ hours per week) for the agreed duration of the internship.

Internships are non-remunerated. The Delegation is not in a position to provide any training grants nor to cover any of the travel, accommodation or other expenses incurred by interns.

Interns must provide a health declaration by a GP and have suitable sickness and accident insurance which covers expenses incurred abroad and offers specific repatriation coverage.

Interns will be asked to sign an undertaking to exercise the greatest discretion with regard to all facts and information coming to their knowledge in the course of the internship and not to disclose to any unauthorised person any document or information not already made public.

Application procedure

Applications must be:

- addressed to:

Delegation of the European Union to Australia (Application for an internship)

18 Arkana Street

Yarralumla ACT 2600

- or faxed to: +61 2 6273 4445 (Subject: Application for an internship)

- or e-mailed to: delegation-australia@eeas.europa.eu (Subject: Application for an internship).

The application must contain:  

  • a formal, complete, up-to-date curriculum vitae; 
  • a detailed statement of motivation; and  
  • a letter of recommendation from the last educational establishment attended.

The Delegation may choose to conduct interviews with some potential candidates by telephone.

The Delegation will acknowledge receipt of all applications in writing no later than one month after the closing date for applications and will normally inform the applicant whether they have been successful within a further month.

For information about studying in Europe, please see Australians - Study in Europe!

Information about internships in the Institutions of the European Union Information about working for the European Institutions can be obtained from the European Personnel Selection Office : http://europa.eu/epso/index_en.htm

For general information about working in Europe, please see the European Job Mobility Portal: http://europa.eu/eures/home.jsp?lang=en

Please click here for information on Working Holiday Visas for Young Australians

Reciprocal arrangments

EU countries with Working Holiday visa arrangements with Australia:

  • Belgium
  • Cyprus, Republic of
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland, Republic of
  • Italy
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom