Soar to new heights

Griffith Asia Business Internships offer motivated students nearing completion of their degree the opportunity to increase employability by gaining practical exposure to a professional environment in an international setting. It further enables students to complete a full-time, unpaid 6-week internship while gaining exposure to the diversity and dynamism of Asia by developing cultural, political, and economic understanding and awareness.

Destinations in 2021 include China, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Malaysia.

* Please note - Griffith University has suspended all outgoing mobility for the near future. All programs will be reviewed prior to delivery in relation to travel advisories and student health and safety, and may not proceed In-Country if the University is not confident of both or cannot provide comprehensive insurance coverage. Remote/Online Global Internships will still be available.

Global WIL Ambassadors 2019

Global Ambassadors share how undertaking a Global Mobility Business Internship facilitates both personal and professional development.

Selection process

Students will meet specific course prerequisites and a criteria-based selection process will be undertaken and include:

  • At time of departure, completion of 160CP in an undergraduate or half way through a postgraduate degree.
  • Achieving a minimum overall GPA of 4.5.
  • Successfully engaging in a face-to-face interview with staff/academic members of Griffith Asia Institute and potential host organisation.

Applications for Trimester 3, 2021 are now open and will close on 31 May.

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For more information contact the program convenor.

The course

Prior to commencing the Global Internship, students will participate in an ‘Asia Ready’ program and attend a range of orientation sessions, activities and events.  This includes professional development and introductory culture, education, history, language and politics sessions and industry briefings.

The 20CP elective course is available to select undergraduate and postgraduate students during Trimester 3.

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The workplace

Across destinations, host organisation examples include ANZ, Australian Chamber of Commerce, Crossroads Foundation, Fred Hollows Foundation, Global Sky Education, Lipman Karas, Mayer Brown, Ovolo Group, Royale International Group, Steelcase and Trade and Investment Queensland.

As well as gaining valuable exposure to a professional environment, Global Interns have completed the following types of projects and tasks:

  • Draft newsletters, industry reports and other publications
  • Event and project management
  • Develop marketing and human resource strategies
  • Risk reporting and auditing
  • Research and data analysis with regard to consumer behaviour, contract logistics, e-commerce, international trade, investor relations and product development
  • Website and social media management and creative content

Fees and expenses

There are a range of expenses that you will need to be mindful of when budgeting for your Global Internship. These include, but are not limited to:

  • 20CP Griffith tuition fee
  • dependent upon destination, additional third-party provider fee
  • visa application fee, including travel to another city for an interview if necessary
  • vaccinations, if relevant
  • accommodation
  • international flights and in-country transport
  • daily living expenses, including food and communications
  • discretionary spending money
  • independent travel

Budget worksheet

Funding assistance

New Colombo Plan funding of up to $3,000 per eligible Australian undergraduate student is available.  This is a grant and is not re-paid.

Eligible students can apply for an OS-HELP loan of up to $8,444.  OS-HELP is a loan scheme provided by the Australian Government specifically to support global mobility experiences. It is not considered a grant, therefore approved students can receive this loan as well as a grant such as New Colombo Plan.

Student testimonial

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Global Mobility Internship has provided me with the opportunity to explore cultural awareness within an international workplace setting.By doing so, I have been able to develop primary cross cultural communicative tactics, whilst learning how to better conform to international workplace ideologies.

This internship has positioned me strongly to attain workplace employment upon graduation, as I developed various skill sets pertinent to industry practice in my time with Allive Creative.

Additionally, I have been given the chance to employ certain frameworks learnt in a theoretical capacity into a practical context. I would highly recommend this internship to any student interested in working in global business environments. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I hope it provides the same experiences for future NCP mobility students.

Jack Shepherd, Bachelor of Business

Global internship with Allive Creative, Seoul 2019

Industry partner testimonial

Shannon Casey was an excellent intern and the Amartha Micro Fintech team was consistently impressed with the quality of her work.

Throughout the internship, Shannon displayed a high level of professionalism and motivation. She has a great attitude and completed all tasks in a timely and efficient manner. Shannon is a fast learner, keen to explore new things and quickly adapts to change. She was very helpful, asked questions to clarify her understanding and to meet expectations, and always went above and beyond to produce great outcomes. She also had the opportunity to present her outputs directly to the CEO of Amartha, Mr Andi Taufan Garuda Putra. He thanked her personally for the assistance she provided throughout her placement and hoped that the learning she gained during her internship at Amartha will be useful for her in the future. Based on our positive experience with Shannon, we are very interested to host a further Griffith intern in the future.

Thank you for the opportunity.

Joviana Aprilia, Amartha Micro Fintech, Jakarta 2019

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