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Internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin
We welcome applications from university students and recent graduates expressing an interest in undertaking an internship at the Australian Embassy, Berlin and are currently seeking interns for the period April - July 2014. Applications for this period close on Tuesday 31 December 2013. 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 all areas of the Embassy’s activities. In your time at the embassy, we expect that you would complete a major political or economic research project as well as working on public diplomacy events and consular issues. During your internship, you will be working closely with Australian diplomatic staff, as well as locally engaged staff in the political/economic research section.
Internships are unpaid and open to all nationalities. Travel costs, travel and living arrangements are the responsibility of the intern. Typically internships last between 8 and 12 weeks.
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. We ask that interns be able to demonstrate a connection with Australian or German international relations.
To apply for an internship at the Australian Embassy Berlin, please email your C.V. and a completed application form to email@example.com ensuring your name is included in the subject field. (Please note that our mailbox can only accept emails of 5mb maximum.) We will notify you of the outcome of your application by the end of January 2013.
Please note that, should your application be successful, you will be required to complete a security check before starting your internship.
For further information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
When are the application periods?
We have no fixed dates but give or take a week, aim to follow the following time frames each year when recruiting:
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Do you accept applications outside of the recruitment period?
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 two places per intake period. Internships are staggered so there will be a period where you work alone and a period where your internship will overlap with another person’s.
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 80 applications.
Do you accept applications from recent graduates?
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.
How do former interns describe the internship experience?
Sarah (October-December 2013):
“The embassy is really an ideal work environment. The work is topical, political and very social. There is a very relaxed atmosphere at the embassy and you will improve your research and drafting skills, but you will also get to attend interesting meetings, conferences and social events. The internship will also give you a clearer idea of what diplomats do and would be good preparation for the DFAT graduate program.”