Developing work-ready graduates with a competitive edge

Advance academic interests, strengthen vocational intentions, enhance networks and expand cultural horizons; in doing so, develop skills in areas that are valued and in high demand by employers.

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

Due to current international travel restrictions, a variety of remote/online Global WIL experiences are offered and include:

  • Option 1: Remote Global Internship,
  • Option 2: Research Project with International Industry Partner, or
  • Option 3: Remote Global Internship combined with Research Project.

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

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"Your passport to the world of work"

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.

Please note - All in-country Global WIL opportunities will be reviewed prior to delivery in relation to travel advisories and student health and safety, and may not proceed if the University is not confident of both or cannot provide comprehensive insurance coverage. We recommend that students do not book travel until recruitment is finalised and the program is confirmed. We will endeavour to do this as far as possible in advance.

The course

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

UG Global Mobility Internship II

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

Funding assistance

New Colombo Plan funding of up to $5,000 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 $8,295.  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.

OS-HELP loans

Why a global internship?

Create an international network of friends

Experience a new culture

Develop your career

Grow more confident and self-sufficient

Learn a new language

Expand your resume

Make professional connections

Gain an international perspective in your field

Student testimonials

While I felt nervous entering my global internship, the Asia Ready Program gave me greater confidence, awareness and the skills I need to succeed in this experience.  I feel more prepared to take on my internship now that I understand the cultural dynamics, regional environment and have insight into the local language.  Hearing from previous students in the program and professionals in the region, and understanding the program expectations, resources and support has given me a comprehensive guide of how I should expect to navigate and conduct myself throughout.  I found the language training and diverse speakers a really unique and powerful addition to the program which I got a lot of benefit from.  Now that I have commenced my placement with AustCham Hong Kong, I have been largely immersed into the organisation and the Hong Kong business environment.  The preparation and orientation before commencement really helped me find my footing.  I have enjoyed working with AustCham and have found many opportunities to learn and enhance my skills as I navigate the remote internship.

Dahlia Bar

Bachelor of International Business/Government and International Relations

AustCham Hong Kong, 2020

I enjoyed my time in Shanghai and felt that I learned a lot at my host organisation about myself and about the business world of China through the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. I am glad that I achieved all the goals I set for myself to varying degrees of success and that I established that I still wish to live and work China. Going forward, I hope that I will be able to take what I have learned and apply it to new situations, both professionally and personally, especially focusing on finding work more relevant to my degree.

Ramzi Matta

Bachelor of Government and International Relations / Bachelor of Asian Studies

Global internship with American Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai 2019

My 7-week internship gave me a small glimpse of life in Japan and sparked my curiosity to explore and experience new things. Through travelling Japan, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to different situations that can allow you to learn a lot about yourself and the nation’s people. Human interactions are the foundation to building connections, which can open many doors that can help you and your future endeavours. As I explored Japan I had unique interactions with the history, culture and the people. These interactions opened my eyes and helped me realise the lack of knowledge and experience I have with the world outside my immediate bubble.

Jordan Leadbetter

Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of International Business

Global internship with Global Sky Education, Tokyo 2019

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