Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Internships at the Delegation of the European Union to Australia, Canberra

20/12/2017 - 15:00

Are you a university student interested in international relations? Is a working experience part of your course?  Are you curious to learn more about work in a diplomatic mission and how an EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Australia?

If that is the case, this may interest you: the EU Delegation to Australia is inviting students like yourself to apply for an internship at its premises in Yarralumla, Canberra. 

The internship will be organised as a learning experience. Four places are on offer: two in the Political, Press and Information Section and two in the Trade and Economic Section, for a period of a minimum three months, to be determined for each single student and depending on the type of learning experience sought and what the  Delegation may be able to offer. Interns will be recruited all year long.


Who is eligible for the internship?

There are three main prerequisites:

  1. Candidates must be following a university curriculum which includes a training period as a compulsory or recommended part of their course. The internship is for students with no professional experience (prior internships are not considered professional experience for the purposes of this ad).
  2. Candidates must be:
    • Students of an Australian University (or similar education or public research institution) already legally residing in Australia; OR
    • Students receiving adequate financial support (grant, scholarship etc.) to cover travel, accommodation and living costs linked to the internship from a University or similar education or public research institution (for example national administration schools) located elsewhere in the world.  They will need to obtain the relevant visa / permit from the Australian authorities for the purpose of the internship.
  3. Candidates should be either nationals of Australia or nationals of the EU Member States, or pre-accession States (Turkey, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99). In exceptional circumstances other nationalities may be considered, but they will have to be students of an Australian University (or similar education or public research institution) already legally residing in Australia.


Selection Process

The selection process will be conducted by the EU Delegation on the basis of written applications (inclusive of CV and indication of fulfillment of the above-mentioned eligibility requirements) and, where necessary and applicable, by interview. It will be based on merit and aimed at ensuring that all candidates are treated in a fair, transparent and non-discriminatory way.


Placement, Working Environment and Conditions

The placement of interns will have to be approved by their university, or similar education or public research institution. Interns will need to have adequate insurance and medical coverage. Interns will be under the direct supervision of a supervisor at the EU Delegation. Upon successful completion of the internship period, the EU Delegation will issue the intern with a Certificate.


Where Can I apply? Whom Can I Contact for Further Information?

Please submit your application by e-mail to or by post to EU Delegation to Australia, 18 Arkana Street, Yarralumla, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia. Any query you may have should be directed to the same address.


If you represent an Australian University (or similar Australian education institution) or a University, a national administration school or public research organisation located elsewhere in the world and would like to further explore the possibilities of offering your students the possibility of an internship as described above with the EU Delegation to Australia, do not hesitate to contact us at the same address.  We would be very interested to hear from you.


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