Australian Embassy


Internships at the Australian Embassy, Jakarta

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Applications for internships at the Australian Embassy Indonesia are now closed.

About the Internship Program

The Internship Program at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta provides a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to gain valuable international relations experience working in Australia’s largest overseas post. As strategic partners, Indonesia and Australia enjoy an extensive framework of cooperation and interns will gain first-hand experience in strengthening this partnership.

Internship positions will be available across a range of disciplines related to the work of the Embassy including; economic and trade, political, corporate, public diplomacy, international development and education. Interns will work closely with Australian officials as well as locally engaged staff.

The internships will be for a period of 8 weeks.

Interns will be responsible for a discrete project that is meaningful to both the Embassy and the intern’s learning and development. Duties may include:

  • research and reporting on economic, political, agricultural or education issues;
  • supporting public diplomacy campaigns and events;
  • supporting finance and corporate management;
  • reporting on development outcomes; or
  • supporting the design of development interventions.

Internship Opportunities

There are a range of internship opportunities available.  Please click on each of the internship placements below to find out more:


To participate in the program students must meet the following criteria:

  • be an Australian or Indonesian citizen;
  • currently completing or recently completed a postgraduate degree;
  • be available for the full internship period; and
  • have Intermediate English (at a minimum).

Students with a connection to Australian or Indonesian international relations are preferred.


Internships are unpaid.

Interns will be responsible for all costs associated with the internship. These may include but are not limited to: transport costs to and from the Embassy, travel and living arrangements, travel and medical insurance valid for Indonesia, passports and visas.

Internships will not guarantee any future employment rights.

Application and selection

The selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of positions available.  Applications should be thorough and demonstrate the student’s qualifications and suitability against the relevant criteria.

Please note that:

  • only those applicants short-listed for a telephone-interview will be contacted
  • should your application be successful, you will be required to complete a security/probity check before starting your internship.

Application form

For further information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section in the first instance. All other enquiries should be directed to

How do former interns describe the internship experience?

Sunny (June-August 2016)

“I feel fortunate and pleased to have had the opportunity to work in the Australian Embassy Jakarta as I have been exposed what goes into maintaining people-to-people relationships between the two nations. This includes planning events, inviting guests, promotion, drafting and translating media alerts and releases, social media posts such as Facebook, Twitter and the like. It is especially rewarding to be a part of the team to put together a successful event with a great turnout and significant media presence, and getting firsthand experience at what public diplomacy is all about.”

Jaidan (June-August 2016)

“The most exciting part of my job would be contributing to and participating in events. I had the opportunity to meet several high ranking and important Indonesian figures as well as the top members of the diplomatic community in Jakarta. You will experience opportunities that even career public servants have never had the chance to enjoy. You will make friends, learn a new culture and gain valuable workplace skills.”

Daniel (June-August 2016)

“Over my time at the Australian embassy in Jakarta I’ve learnt a lot about the economies in the region and what the Treasury and the Australian government really focus on when trying to get a bead on what’s actually happening in Australia’s relationship with Indonesia, and in the ASEAN region. The Australian embassy in Jakarta is a great place to further your knowledge and build a much broader and deeper understanding.”

Fatimah (June-August 2016)

“The most exciting part is I can meet with the AFP officers and agents, see how they work and talk about current criminal issues that they are dealing with. For you considering the internship at the embassy, it is the best opportunity to gain a valuable working experiences, definitely expand your mutual skills, and of course, meet new friends and people.”

Christian (June-August 2016)

“Part of my job is to do research & develop network for the Australia Embassy’s vacancy announcements, to participate in the recruitment and induction operations, and to develop survey, collecting data and analysis, and finally provide recommendations for the improvement of internship program. The most exciting part of the internship is to be given flexibility and autonomy on how to manage and complete meaningful tasks.”